CAD/CAM/CNC solution Module Works releases 2022.12 Digital Manufacturing Software
Software developer Module Works announces the 2022.12 release of its digital manufacturing software components with new and enhanced features across the company’s entire CAD/CAM/CNC portfolio, including a new deburring preview, new cycles for rotary and turn milling, multi-regions for fused deposition modeling, and simulation and post processing for U-Axis turning operations.
For multi-axis subtractive machining, Module Works 2022.12 features a new option to preview the automatically detected deburr edges before calculating the toolpath. Users can also include/exclude drive curves in/from the toolpath calculation to speed up programming.
Rotary machining and turn milling
The rotary machining component now offers a floor finishing cycle to complete the Module Works basic finishing portfolio of wall and floor finishing.
In addition, users can now use the cusp height to adjust the stepover on rotary and turn milling operations. It works for all supported tools and incorporates the axis offset to eliminate complex manual calculations.
Machine and cutting simulation
The Module Works Machine Simulation now supports U-axis turning where the part is static and the turning tool is mounted on the spindle and rotates around the workpiece. The Machine Simulation now also includes flexible machine components such as cables or elastic bellows that are used as machine covers. These components are attached to a fixed point and connect to a movable component.
For the Cutting Simulation, enhanced triangulation algorithms accelerate the generation of the simulation model. This also speeds up mesh export which significantly enhances the performance of stock management where the stock is exported after each operation.
Multi-regions for fused deposition modeling
With this new feature for fused deposition modeling, users can divide a workpiece into separate regions and apply different settings to the layers, walls and infills in each region. This adds manufacturing versatility and enables operators to enhance the quality of the final product, for example by applying different infill densities to different regions to compensate for forces/pressures.
Post processing for U-Axis turning systems
The Module Works Multi-X-Post post processor now supports U-Axis turning systems, also known as facing head or facing slide kinematics. The input is a turning toolpath. Markers on the toolpath indicate when to engage the special translation axis. This creates an operation where the machine first travels above the workpiece and then, using the U-Axis instead of the other translation axis, cuts the desired shape in turning mode.