Software Wire EDM added to software suite
Latest Edgecam upgrade includes a range of other enhancements.
At EuroMold in Frankfurt, Germany, software reseller Camtech GmbH presented Edgecam 2013 R1, which features a wire EDM function said to provide an intuitive environment for the comprehensive programming of wire EDM machine tools.
Edgecam supplier Vero said the software includes a comprehensive library of proven post-processors and knowledge-based cutting schemes as standard. Users can select from one of the predefined machining strategies, such as “unattended night runs” and “attended day runs”. Alternatively, they can define their own.
In addition to the new wire EDM function, a number of enhancements have been included for Edgecam users. The waveform roughing cycle now has the ability to specify a pre-drilled hole as the approach type, ensuring a smoother transition into the material, reducing the cycle time even further, the supplier said.
Toolpaths are now generated much faster thanks to a new 5-axis, 64-bit machining engine running as a separate process and utilising multiple-core technology, the company noted. Background processing of milling cycles in the Mill-Turn environment is now available, meaning users can carry on with the job while the software continues to calculate complex toolpaths.
In turning, the rough profiling cycle removes material in a series of cuts parallel to the input profile, and is typically used for roughing free-form profiles from castings and forgings, the supplier noted. The cycle is also said to be useful for cutting materials where it is beneficial to minimise re-entrant cutting as it keeps the tool in contact with the material for longer. The cycle includes intelligent stock entry and exit, as well as being stock-aware to eliminate air cuts and reduce cycle time.