New and redesigned machining strategies
New Welding 5D operation added
It implements the functional of automatic weld seam geometry calculation without reference to a particular type of welding equipment (i.e., does not generate the specific commands to the laser, electric arc, gas burners, ultrasonic device, etc.). It is enough to add the edge between welded parts to the Job assignment and the system automatically calculates the angles in each curve point so that the welding head is held as close to the middle between the adjacent walls and do not collide with them. Then you can switch to the Simulation mode to see how the material is added to the place where the tip of the welding head is touching.
New Cladding operation added
It implements the concept of additive manufacturing, when, in contrast to a cutting the material is not removed, but added to the workpiece during the machining process. It allows, for example, to build on the surface of the workpiece the layer of material having specific characteristics: high hardness, strength, wear resistance, anti-friction properties, corrosion and heat resistance, etc. It allows also to restore the geometric dimensions of costly parts and tools, to repair blades, dies, molds, gears, shafts, etc. The interface of job zone definition and the set of parameters is similar to the pocketing operation. It allows using curves and edges of the 3D model to restrict the area in which you want to make a buildup of material. Depend on the selected base surface this area can be positioned on the plane, cylinder or on the revolution body. And when the "Project toolpath onto the part" option is enabled, cladding in general can be made on the surface of an arbitrary shape. Operation has Parallel and Offset strategies to fill the area. You also can define total layer count and side angle for the walls.
Robot optimizer feature enhanced
The UI and the comfort of using of the "Toolpath optimizer" window enhanced. The scales and the slider added for easier tracking of the current position. Now different kind of errors on the map displayed in different colors (unreachable areas, axes out of limits, singularities). Collision detection zones visualization added to the map. Changes in a map may be applied directly to the toolpath without the need of complete operation recalculation.
The list of strategies expanded to control the rotary table. Now, the system allows to calculate the position of the table depending on the tool axis orientation or position of the tool tip relative to the axis of rotation, or with a combination of both previously mentioned laws.
Visualization, simulation and user interface
Updated 3D visualization
New Advaced rendering mode with the latest OpenGL features. Intel embedded video card bugs resolved. Significantly increased the speed of the NVIDIA graphics card. New "Rendering mode" combo added to the System setup window. It allows to change rendering mode depend on your video card possibilities. It can help to resolve problems if your graphical adapter does not support some of the visualization features.
Suitable video card selection procedure added to the installation utility in the cases when your PC has more than one video card.
Toolpath visualization enhanced.
Toolpath colorization depend on feed type now is possible (rapid, approach, working, retract etc.). Correspondent move command in simulation tree colorized same way. Current movement now displayed as red bold line with arrow.
New simulation types added
Additive simulation - adds material to the workpiece at the point where the tool has passed. It is used to simulate the processes of welding and cladding.
Painting simulation - does not add and does not remove material. It just colorize the surface of the part or workpiece following the tool. It is used to simulate painting and heat treatment processes.
Rotary machining job zone parameters visualization
now performed directly in the graphical window. Stand up to the corresponding parameter in the properties inspector to make it visible. To change one of the job zone sizes you can mouse drag corresponding side of the visualized sector or specify the exact numerical value in the text box that appears next to dimension line.
Live toolpath preview
The operations like Waterline and Plane now have special preview of toolpath that appears when you click to one of the parameters inside properties inspector. When you changing parameters, for example, machining step, angle of passes, or job zone angles, it is updating in live time. You can change some of the properties in graphical window directly by dragging corresponding objects.
The collision control of the part with robot components now checked not only the cutting part of the tool but also full tool holder items.
New Axes graph window added
It allows to see the changes of robot coordinates depending on the length of the toolpath. This makes it possible to get an idea of the rate of changes, detect frequent direction changes, identify the potentially dangerous places with bounce.
Flexible axis feature added to the Rotary machining operation
It can greatly simplify the processing of parts "such as the crankshaft," in which there is a clear axial asymmetry. When this option is enabled, the axis about which the work passes formed begins automatically be considered as the arithmetic mean point in each of the sections. As a result, the trajectory is obtained uniform, without breaks, with the correct tool axis orientation change relative to the part.
New Knife cutting operations added
Knife cutting operations 2D and 6D are developed to control the tool that must be directed along the motion. It can be knife, band-saw, disk-saw etc. In the common case it requires 6 simultaneously controlled axes.
Features: possibility to use the new kind of a tools, automatic knife orientation and inclination angles calculation for lead in/out and working motions.
New Jet cutting 4D operation added
Jet cutting 4d operation can be used for hydro, laser, plasma etc. cutting types where the tool is a jet or a beam. It allows to machine simple elements and also more complex elements with inclined sides. Working contours are set the same way as in the Wire EDM operations, however, the resulting path is generated in the format of "point + normal" or "point + rotary axes of the machine."
New robots support added
New robot schemes for robots Denso, Ever, Kawasaki, Manutec, SunLiFia, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Nachi and many other milling, lathe-milling, wood, etc. robots added. robot scheme description modified to be possible to use solutions with the controlled 6th degree of freedom (rotation around tool axis). This may be various circular saws, knife cutters, laser temper equipments, etc.
New robot selection window created
It allows to select and add new robots much faster, simpler and reliable. If you do not see desired robot in the list, just put the robot file to one of specified folder, or add the folder where you keep all your machines to the search path list and just click "Refresh" button. Forget about the inability to connect the two robots with the same identifier. Now you can even switch between different versions of one robot in a single click. Moreover, if the robot file was updated, there is no need to restart the entire CAM, just press "By default" button in the robot selection window. By the way, if you open a project and the system will detect that it was created using a different version of the robot, it will show a warning and offer to upgrade it.
3D Model and geometry kernel
Internal STEP format import enhanced
Allows you to import models in Parasolid format in SprutCAM. This function works in the "experimental" mode. Benefits: allows you to import models without installed on the user's PC CAD systems that support this format (eg - SolidWORKS, SolidEdge).
Now when you import any 3D model to SprutCAM the name of the source file will remember. Then if this file will change you just will the see special mark next to the corresponding folder in the 3D Model tree of SprutCAM and "Reimport" button will became visible. It is enough to click this button to get newest model inside your SprutCAM project.
Associativity support for the STEP and Parasolid file formats.
Now when you import similar STEP or XT files then all similar 3D model items must have same identifiers. Even after sewing of the model the edges must save their names (they consists of the names of the left and right connected faces). So you can simply use similar 3D models in one project without need to recreate full project again.
Addins for CAD systems
All addins for main CAD systems was updated for using with the last version of corresponding products: SOLIDWORKS 2015, IronCAD 2015, SpaceClaim 2015, Inventor Professional 2015, Rhinoceros 5, etc.
New cutting tool types for undercut machining
- Round groove mill,
- double-side chamfer mill with sharp and rounded edges,
- indexable chamfer mill.
Two tooling points using
In the hole machining cycles of the FBM the ability to use several tooling points (two tool correctors) in one operation added. It is useful, for example, while boring or milling groove inside holes.
Advanced possibilities of script programming language. Allows to adopt existing operations with defining scripting handlers on operation events. Also you can add your own script based operations. API is used to get access to the operation parameters and calculation kernel. It is possible to include external libraries (DLL). Advantages: possibilities of unique special operations creation, or changing of existing operations. Integrated programming environment. Object-oriented access to the operation parameters.
Shortest path axes rotation
New property added to the machine axis description structure 'Support shortest path rotation'. If it is enabled then simulation system will select direction of rapid feed rotations for this axis automatically depend on what path will shortest. For example, movement from 15 degrees position to 350 degrees will rotate axis on -25 degrees instead of +335 degrees.