Milling machining operations HCL CAM Works includes support for barrel tools
Technology company HCL announces the addition of barrel tool support in CAM Works Version 2022. CAM Works now supports standard, conical tangent, tapered, lens and advanced user-defined barrel tools utilized in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling machining operations.
Barrel tool support was added in direct response to CAM Works customer feedback and is beneficial for mould makers and manufacturers of complex parts in industries such as automotive and aerospace. As demand increases for lightweight components with higher surface finishes, barrel tools are leveraged by machine shops to improve productivity and surface finish of machined parts. Barrel tools reduce cycle times for finish and semi-finish milling operations with increased stepdown into the material with each pass, and due to their unique tool geometry, also provide improved surface finish with fewer cutting passes.
With the new Barrel Tool interface in HCL CAM Works Version 2022, users can now view, edit, and save barrel tools in the CAM Works Technology Database (Tech DB). And barrel tools can also be filtered, identified, and added to the user-specific tool cribs in CAM Works. Options for maximum diameter and corner radius of the barrel tools are also included in this new HCL CAM Works Version 2022. CAM Works will notify the user if the tool geometry falls outside the defined parameters.
Support for barrel tools in HCL CAM Works expands the technologies available within integrated CAD/CAM to accelerate production and streamline machining.