January 27, 2016
SmartCAMcnc has announced the 2016 release of its SmartCAM portfolio of CAM software. SmartCAM v2016, says the company, delivers a substantially updated Knowledge-Base Machining (KBM) Library as well as improvements to the user interface and to the core milling functionality.
The SmartCAM CAM portfolio includes applications for CNC (computer numerically controlled) milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM (electrical discharge machining). Additionally the company offers SmartCAM add-ons for CNC machine code editing and DNC (direct numerical control) communication to the CNC machines. Native format data translators for Autodesk Inventor and SOLIDWORKS as well as CAD file connectors for PTC/Creo and Solid Edge. All SmartCAM products include updated data translators and NC editing software from Predator Software.
SmartCAM v2016 builds on the KBM Library functionality first introduced in SmartCAM v2015 and is available in all SmartCAM products. The KBM Library provides the ability to store and re-use tooling and operation settings, which can then be used for creating new programs. Among its original features are support for storing machine configurations, the ability to add materials directly from a SmartCAM application without an intermediate utility and capabilities to update existing operation parameters stored in the active material.
The v2016 version of the KBM Library lets users manage their tool and operation parameters by bringing together all their stored and managed manufacturing data in a single repository. Additionally, the KBM Library’s associativity feature allows jobs that use library definitions to be updated to the most current definitions quickly
Improvements to the KBM Library introduced in v2016 include a revised user interface that enables SmartCAM programmers to add multiple tools or multiple steps to the Job Operations Setup with a single action, a new Group Filter feature that displays the set of tools or steps associated with a user-defined filter and a new Manage Library utility that provides maintenance and administration capabilities for library data and group filters.
The SmartCAM List View user interface component has been enhanced in v2016 to now display model data in an expandable and collapsible tree structure. CAD and CAM model elements can now be shown from this hierarchical list, which, explains the company, provides a convenient method for viewing as much or as little detail of the model as needed.
v2016 sees improvements in SmartCAM’s mill roughing processes. The Group Pocket process now supports separate pocket and island groups, including support for multi-level nested pockets and islands. Also the Group Pocket, the Part Offset and Morph path type options can now be used to produce smoothed, continuously tangent toolpaths suitable for high speed milling (HSM) techniques, according to the company.
A new View Section command debuts in v2016. This graphics clipping method makes it easier to view and select hidden elements. By way of example, SmartCAMcnc explains that this technique can be particularly beneficial when creating internal bore toolpath processes in SmartCAM Turning and Mill Turn applications.
Additional enhancements in SmartCAM v2016 include an updated ACIS modeling kernel and a number of new customization functions, many of which are user-requested. For additional details on SmartCAM v2016 and the SmartCAM software family, visit SmartCAMcnc.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.