April 3, 2020
German software developer SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH is reducing 5-axis simultaneous toolpath calculation times of complex workpieces through the use of Interactive Direction Vectors within their Pictures by PC CAD / CAM Software.
Interactive Direction Vectors can be placed at any position on a 3D CAD model (solids, surfaces and STL mesh models), and interactively aligned. Direction vectors define the exact 5 axis tool orientation at critical positions (e.g., severe undercuts), with the tool orientation interpolating between multiple vectors. This gives the user 100% control over the exact orientation and movement of the tool, and helps to minimize retraction movements on complex geometric topologies.
Pictures by PC enables the automatic positioning of vectors along guide curves at specified intervals and angles. This method lends itself perfectly to the 5 axis cutting / trimming of components (e.g., vacuum formed parts), whereby the tool has to cut around the part through multiple direction vectors. The software also includes 5-axis collision detection (tool, holder, clamps, spindle, table, etc.).
SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH continues to offer free software support without maintenance costs.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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