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CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control What’s New
CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control
What’s New
CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control What’s New in SURFCAM V5 Table of

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

What’s New in SURFCAM V5 Table of Contents

1)

TrueMill

3

2)

TrueMill Calculator

5

3)

Lathe Modifications

6

4)

4-Axis Enhancements

6

5)

5-Axis Enhancements

7

6)

Operations Manager

13

7)

Transparent Work-Plane

14

8)

Multiple Tool Rest Roughing

15

9)

3-Axis Z-Finish

15

10)

SURFCAM Backup Utility

16

11)

Additional Enhancements for V5

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CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 1) TrueMill a. The TrueMill slicer has

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

1) TrueMill

a. The TrueMill slicer has been reworked to return a better quality toolpath along with faster toolpath calculation times.

b. Pocket ordering is now more intelligent to reduce overall rapid moves.

c. TrueMill 3D now is a single tool cutting strategy that functions in the same slicing manner as Z-Rough.

d. The ability to turn off the “open pocket” cutting for 3 axis. This forces TrueMill to only calculate and cut the internal pocket areas of a model.

only calculate and cut the internal pocket areas of a model. e. The ability has been
only calculate and cut the internal pocket areas of a model. e. The ability has been

e. The ability has been added to turn on depth first cutting. This forces TrueMill to cut each region to the full depth before moving onto the next area. This reduces cycle times.

f. The ability to enter a separate spindle speed to control the spindle speed for the helical plunge versus the actual TrueMill path.

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control The new spindle speed field for the

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control The new spindle speed field for the helical

The new spindle speed field for the helical plunge

g. Pilot hole has been enabled for TrueMill paths.

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 2) TrueMill Calculator a. Recommended parameters for

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

2) TrueMill Calculator

a. Recommended parameters for a variety of materials

b. Save off parameter settings for reuse

c. Metric or Inch compatibility

d. Easy to use

e. Standalone application

f. Recommended parameters for TrueMill Certified Tools

f. Recommended parameters for TrueMill Certified Tools Define optimal cutting parameters to achieve highest

Define optimal cutting parameters to achieve highest material removal rates with TrueMill Toolpaths

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 3) Lathe Modifications a. Custom Holder support

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

3) Lathe Modifications

a. Custom Holder support for lathe

b. Custom Tool support for lathe

c. Back Face OD Groove and Back Face ID comp corrected.

d. Lathe tool databases have been updated.

e. SCMOD verification files retain orientation between setup

f. Lathe supports Cview turning capability.

g. Lathe verification has been enhanced to better support lathe and millturn operations.

h. Auto check has been enabled for lathe tapping.

i. Back face ID retract angle has been addressed.

j. Automatic material boundary trimming to end of part.

4) 4-Axis Enhancements

a. Single unified selection for the set axis command for 4 axis

i. Active Cview gnome for visual reference to the axis of rotation for the current part.

ii. Set axis setting is retained and automatically sets itself upon regeneration.

is retained and automatically sets itself upon regeneration. New Cview indicator showing the current SET AXIS

New Cview indicator showing the current SET AXIS for 4 axis operations.

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 5) 5-Axis Enhancements a. 5 Axis Roughing

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

5) 5-Axis Enhancements

a. 5 Axis Roughing i. Multi Passes 1. The additional function to create multiple passes on any 4-5 axis toolpath.

function to create multiple passes on any 4-5 axis toolpath. Multiple roughing passes on a 5x

Multiple roughing passes on a 5x swarf toolpath

toolpath. Multiple roughing passes on a 5x swarf toolpath Multiple spiral roughing toolpaths along a curve

Multiple spiral roughing toolpaths along a curve and down a port

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control ii. Plunge Roughing 1. The additional function

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

ii. Plunge Roughing

1. The additional function to turn any 4-5 axis toolpath into a 4-5 axis plunge roughing path.

any 4-5 axis toolpath into a 4-5 axis plunge roughing path. 4-5 axis Plunge roughing passes

4-5 axis Plunge roughing passes on prototype part

iii. Morph Pocket

1. The additional ability to convert a 4-5 axis toolpath into a 4-5 axis morph pocket cutting strategy.

axis toolpath into a 4-5 axis morph pocket cutting strategy. Morph pocket created from a 4-5

Morph pocket created from a 4-5 axis swarf toolpath

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control iv. Depth Cuts 1. The ability to

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

iv. Depth Cuts

1. The ability to take a 4-5 axis toolpath and create a roughing path offset along the tool axis.

and create a roughing path offset along the tool axis. Multiple roughing cuts offset along the

Multiple roughing cuts offset along the toolaxis

b. Multi – Select

i. The multi-select option is now enabled upon going into 4-5 axis operations.

c. Surface Extension

i. The selected surface groups to be cut can be auto extended to avoid having to model surfaces to extend the 4-5 axis cuts.

avoid having to model surfaces to extend the 4-5 axis cuts. Surface extensions for drive surface

Surface extensions for drive surface groups

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control d. Tool Cutting Direction Enhancement i. All

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

d. Tool Cutting Direction Enhancement

i. All four of the available options are enabled.

1. Clockwise

2. Counterclockwise

3. Climb

4. Conventional

ii. Addition of the Enforce Cutting Direction parameter for the Clockwise and

Counterclockwise direction options.

for the Clockwise and Counterclockwise direction options. Clockwise rotation selected e. User intuitive graphics in

Clockwise rotation selected

e. User intuitive graphics in the user interface tabs

i. For each of the options in the tabs for 4-5 axis graphics have been added to denote what the selected options pertains to and the choices that can be made.

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control Graphic indicating a Planer cut is selected

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control Graphic indicating a Planer cut is selected f.

Graphic indicating a Planer cut is selected

f. Additional controls to handle the links between passes on 4-5 axis roughing toolpaths.

i. Additional panel in the LEAD/LINKS tab allows control of these new features.

in the LEAD/LINKS tab allows control of these new features. Links between passes for roughing paths

Links between passes for roughing paths

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control g. Additional controls have been added to

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

g. Additional controls have been added to the OPTIONS tab.

i. Set Y axis machine limit

ii. Smooth surface normals

iii. Round Corners

machine limit ii. Smooth surface normals iii. Round Corners Options Tab for 4-5 axis additions Page

Options Tab for 4-5 axis additions

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 6) Operations Manager a. Check Box Functionality

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

6) Operations Manager

a. Check Box Functionality

i. Allows the user to select the operations that the post can either process or skip.

i. Allows the user to select the operations that the post can either process or skip.
CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 7) Transparent Work-Plane a. Allows visual representation

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

7) Transparent Work-Plane

a. Allows visual representation of the active Cview in model space.

i. Right mouse click controls

1. Hide

2. Size

3. Color

4. Transparency

click controls 1. Hide 2. Size 3. Color 4. Transparency A transparent plane will be shown

A transparent plane will be shown to give the user a reference in space as to the orientation of the active C-View

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 8) Multiple Tool Rest Roughing a. The

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

8) Multiple Tool Rest Roughing

a. The ability to batch process multiple tools for a single rest roughing operation.

process multiple tools for a single rest roughing operation. 9) 3-Axis Z-Finish a. The 3x Z

9) 3-Axis Z-Finish

a. The 3x Z Finish has been updated to the newest toolkit functionality as the HSM operations.

i. The classic mode has also been retained.

newest toolkit functionality as the HSM operations. i. The classic mode has also been retained. Page
CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 10) SURFCAM Backup Utility a. Backup all

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

10) SURFCAM Backup Utility

a. Backup all SURFCAM customized data files

b. Simplify the update process

c. Easy to use

data files b. Simplify the update process c. Easy to use Simplify the process of updating

Simplify the process of updating between versions of SURFCAM or operating systems

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control 11) Additional Enhancements for V5 a. Silhouette

CAD/CAM Software with world class precision and control

11) Additional Enhancements for V5

a. Silhouette Boundaries

i. Silhouette boundaries have been modified to use the surface tolerance value to generate the boundary.

b. Write Permissions to the SURFCAM folder.

i. When Write permissions are not able to be given to the SURFCAM directory, the following changes can be made to the SURFCAM.INI file

1. To change the location where the SCBAK file is created, add the following to the SURFCAM.INI file. [DefaultPath] TmpStoragePath=c:\tmp

2. To change the location for the interim HSM 3x files when the permission to the SURFCAM folder cannot be given add the following to the SURFCAM.INI file. [DefaultPath]

IntermediateFilesPath=C:\SurfcamV5\Interim

c. Spost Configuration Tool i. Updated to V6.3

1. The user interface to the Spost config tool has been updated.

2. The Spost engine has been updated to the new SURFCAM security.