Modern Machine Shop

MAR 2017

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118 MMS March 2017 SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE Alphacam 2017 from Vero Software is available with new features designed for ease of use and improved productivity across its modules. The overall user experience has been augmented in a number of ways, including restyled dialogs to provide a more intuitive layout, with images and tooltips included to help the user. The Work Plane Properties option in the Project Manager displays a window with a grid containing details of the work planes in the active drawing, such as the name and offset number, which can also be edited in the grid. A new option in Drawing Notes means the Add-ins dialog will only be displayed if the opened drawing file already contains notes. In Machining, the Cylindrical Parallel strategy now gives the option of setting the width of cut as a distance; and when editing settings, the draw- ing area will update with a preview of the tool and holder, if applicable. The machining area is indicated CAM SOFTWARE IMPROVES FIVE-AXIS SIMULATION E D ITO R J E D D CO LE , jc o l e @ m m s o n l i n e.c o m by a transparent shaded region around the part that is automatically updated when settings are changed in the dialog, enabling the user to visu- alize the effect that a change has on the operation. For Simulator, the new release supports XY configurations on both the head and table. The transfer of five-axis tool paths between Alphacam and the simulator has been optimized, meaning that complex operations containing tool paths comprising thousands of individual elements are much faster. Furthermore, if program stops are included in the operation, they will now be rec- ognized. All these improvements make the user experie nce more re alistic and spe ed up the simulation process, the company says. Automation Manager has several new options that provide flexibility and performance improve- ments. A feature-extraction option enables the user to extract the solid body outline of the part.

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