Supporting the direct energy deposition method, Edgecam now offers a dedicated manufacturing cycle which accurately guides a laser, as it deposits material to form a shape. After that, the shape is machined using Edgecam’s milling cycles to create the final component.
As Edgecam 2019 R1 now offers full ToolStore support for additive manufacturing, shapes can be built using almost any milling cycle…including advanced functions such as rotary and 5-axis simultaneous machining.
Edgecam brand manager John Buehler says the new Additive Lace cycle is designed to construct geometry on a layer-by-layer basis, depositing a continuous molten bead of material which adheres to the parent material.
In total, Edgecam 2019 R1 includes around 30 individual enhancements.
Mindful of the need to generate quick toolpaths to reduce production costs, Edgecam 2019 R1 introduced three performance boosting enhancements to its machining engine, benefiting both turning and milling operations.
Regeneration time has been reduced by around 20 per cent when editing the Move Angular/Index commands.
And, due to improvements in the way Edgecam’s machining engine generates data, machining large complex components is now considerably quicker. This has been achieved by the way the software calculates prismatic geometry within the toolpath.
New Parting Off Cycle
A new Parting Off cycle is available for turning customers, satisfying a high demand for a single cycle to not only perform the parting off toolpath, but also to deburr the back edge during the operation.
Finish Turning Cycle Support for CoroTurn Prime Inserts
Again, for turning customers, a new Up-Cutting function has been added to the Finish turning cycle. This enables high productivity finishing to be achieved in conjunction with Sandvik Coromant’s CoroTurn Prime tools and inserts.
Located alongside the Down-Cut modifier, Up-Cutting reverses the direction of the toolpath, to utilise the Prime insert geometry. Also, the cycle feedrate can be expressed using the ‘Chip Thickness’ modifier, as well as in the traditional format of feed per revolution.
Multiple User Experience Turning Enhancements
Found in the Rough Turn cycle, the Stock Runout function has been enhanced to give greater toolpath control when exiting the cut. The inclusion of Runout Angle and Runout Length means toolpaths can be trimmed to user-specific demands.
The Spindle Set-up function for multi-spindle lathes now includes Main and Sub spindle C Angle positions, further guaranteeing no collisions during the parts transfer command.
Numerous Edgecam Inspect Enhancements
He says that although Edgecam Inspect is less than two years old, it continues to grow fast, and Edgecam 2019 R1 introduces 13 new enhancements to it. “Firstly, the mathematical brain behind the product is being switched to use the PCDMIS fit libraries supplied by our parent company, Hexagon. All Geometry Fit calculations, such as measurement deviations and GD&T values, now use a higher level of certified and approved algorithms.
Probing features can be managed more easily, as all commands are automatically created on separate layers.
Through user feedback, specific Probing features now work with rotary solid faces, and the feedback can also include evaluation of Axis Deflection.
Hole Cycle Extra Collision Detection
The Hole Cycle now has additional collision checking. While stringent detection has been in place for a number of releases – such as a toolpath being re-directed to avoid a clamp – Edgecam 2019 R1 now checks if a hole is obstructed by any part of a fixture.
Chamfering Cycle Gouge Checking
Gouge Check Gap has been added to the Chamfering Cycle to give even stricter control over the toolpath. Specifically, neighbouring features which could potentially come into contact with the flute of the taper tool, can now be excluded.
Extended CAD Format
Edgecam 2019 R1 supports the latest version of all CAD files.
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