Edgecam 버전 히스토리

다음의 리스트에서 지금까지 릴리즈된 Edgecam의 버전 별 업데이트된 기능을 확인하실 수 있습니다. 

Edgecam Version 2018

 

Edgecam 2018

 Edgecam 2018 버전은 다양한 절삭 기술과 가공방식을 바탕으로 고객 여러분의 생산성을 향상시키는 54가지의 추가된 신기능과 향상된 업데이트 기능을 포함합니다.  

Edgecam Designer

 Edgecam Designer는 타 CAD시스템으로부터 불러온 기존 형상의 수정 또는 새로운 디자인 생성이 가능하도록 CAM 작업자의 니즈에 초점을 맞춘 강력한 새 애플리케이션입니다. 
 
 Edgecam Designer의 2D 드로잉 모듈은 Designer 파일에 3D 모델의 뷰와 단면도를 생성하며 동적인 뷰 생성, 음영 및 와이어프레임뷰, 고정 또는 가변 뷰, 상세 뷰 등의 다양한 기능들을 제공합니다. 또한, 3D 모델에 변경이 생기면 2D 드로잉 및 연관 치수가 업데이트 될 수 있습니다.
 
 특히, Edgecam Designer는 작업 좌표계 없이도 솔리드나 서페이스 모델 바로 위 에 와이어 프레임을 생성할 수 있는 스케치 좌표계 활성화 기능을 제공하여 많은 스케치와 모델링 기능을 향상시켰습니다. 또한, 솔리드 및 서페이스 모델의 투영 영역을 생성할 수 있으며, 면적, 부피, 둘레 및 중심을 계산하는 새로운 분석 기능을 제공합니다. 
 

황삭가공

 기존 버전에서도 강력했던 언더컷 스톡 감지옵션의 기능을 더욱 강화하였습니다. 이 옵션은 "에어컷"을 줄여 가공시간을 최대 절반까지 줄일 수 있습니다.
 
 웨이브폼 황삭 가공은 헬리컬 진입 옵션 사용 시, 작업자가 최대값과 최소값 입력만으로 반경값을 설정하여 공구의 진입을 지원합니다. 
 
 이전 버전에서는 충돌을 피하기 위하여 프로파일 확장을 수동으로 적용해야 했지만, Edgeceam 2018버전은 황삭 선반 가공 기능에 자동 충돌 감지기능을 추가하였습니다.
 

프로파일 사이클 성능 및 기능 향상

 공구경로 알고리즘의 개선을 거쳐  “솔리드 면 선택”기능의 성능을 크게 향상시켰습니다. 
 
 사이클이 공구경로 계산에 사이클 데이터를 취합하여 소요시간을 50%이상 절감하였습니다. 또한 헬리컬 가공방식의 지원이 가능해짐으로써 멀티 패스 기능에 더욱 많은 이점을 제공합니다. 
 

건드릴 가공

 Edgecam 2018은 건드릴 가공으로 많이 알려진 "깊은 홀 가공"을 지원합니다. 새롭게 추가된 가공방식은 작업자가 진입/진출/중간 드릴링 조건을 제어할 수 있으며, 정확한 NC 코드생성과 특수한 건드릴 공구 사용이 필요한 가공에 특히 유용합니다.   
 

황삭 선반 사이클 리드 파라미터 추가

 황삭선반 가공에 사용자가 각 절삭의 롤인(roll in)과 롤아웃(roll out) 옵션값을 접선원호로 오 갈수 있게 설정할 수 있는 몇몇의 리드 파라미터를 새롭게 추가하였습니다.
 
 Sandvik사의 CoroTurn® Prime 선반 인서트 공구와 함께 사용가능한 가공사이클을 통해 양방향 공구경로의 생성을 지원합니다.
 
 이 가공 방법은 가공시간을 절감하고 공구 마모를 줄일 수 있습니다. 이러한 가공방법들을 적용하여 가공시간 절감과 공구마모 방지에 상당한 효과를 거둘 수 있습니다. 또한, 황삭 선반 사이클의 충돌 감지 기능은 공구와 심압대 사이의 잠재적인 충돌가능성을 자동으로 제거합니다.
 

B축 윤곽 사이클

지난 2017 버전에 처음으로 소개되었던, B축 윤곽 사이클에 새로운 옵션이 추가되었습니다. 이 옵션의 최대 각도 증분 설정으로 복잡한 선반 윤곽 가공 시 B축 각도의 증감에 따라 NC코드의 출력을 미세 조정하여 표면정삭을 향상시킵니다. 
 

Inspection 모듈

많은 신기능의 추가로 Edgecam Inspection모듈을 크게 향상시켰습니다. Fanuc매크로 지원 기능 외에도 “코드위자드(Code Wizard)” 옵션의 추가를 통해 포스트프로세서 수정 및 NC코드 출력기능을 대폭 강화하였습니다.
 
측정피쳐 편집시, 작업자는 교정방식의 설정을 비롯하여 피처와 속성값에 대한 설정 등 전반적인 제어를 할 수 있습니다. Inspection 모듈의 포인트 이동 기능에는 2가지의 추가적인 옵션(고정된 축/서페이스에 고정)으로 고정된 축이나 솔리드면을 따라 측정포인트를 정렬할 수 있는 기능을 제공합니다. 4회 이상의 프로브 접촉으로 편평도를 평가할지 여부에 대한 사용자의 선택이 가능하도록 평면피처 기능을 강화하였습니다. 
 
Edgecam Inspect 모듈의 코드위자드를 통한 완벽한 포스트프로세서 지원 기능 외에도, 새롭게 도입 적용된 NC게이트웨이(Gateway)는 14가지의 혁신적인 기능 중에서 가장 주요한 업데이트입니다. NC게이트웨이는 가공물의 정렬을 위한 “베스트핏(Best Fit)”계산 뿐만 아니라, 공작기계와의 통신을 지원합니다. 
 
새로운 “직사각형 측정” 기능은 물론, 옵션창과 측정툴패스 대화창의 새로운 기능이 포함되었습니다. 사용자는 이제 가공작업데이터와 공구보정(Tool Offset) 모두를 컨트롤 하고 진행 상태를 NC코드와 측정보고서에서 확인할 수도 있습니다. 
 

Edgecam Wire EDM

Edgecam 2018에서는 Wire EDM에 Agie, Fanuc, Makino, Mitsubishi 컨트롤러 등 가장 인기있는 28가지의 새로운 기술 데이터베이스를 Wire EDM에 도입하였습니다.
 
장비 시뮬레이션 단계에서 "시작 홀(와이어의 진입 위치)"이 자동으로 생성되어 수동으로 스톡에 홀을 생성할 필요가 없습니다.
 

 

 

 

Edgecam Version 2017 R2

 

Edgecam 2017 R2

 Edgecam 2017 R2는 터닝, 밀링, 시뮬레이션, 와이어EDM 등 전반에 걸쳐 약 20여가지의 기능이 안정되고 새롭게 향상되었습니다.

새로운 B축 터닝 사이클

 Edgecam 2017R2의 신기능으로, 공구 인서트를 동적인 각도로 위치시킴으로써 복잡한 프로파일 가공에 대한 접근성이 더욱 향상되었습니다. 가공시 공구홀더와 소재의 충돌이 방지되며 사용자는 공구가 위에서 뜬 상태로 이동하는 각도로 툴패스를 생성 함으로써 가공경로를 추가로 제어할 수 있습니다. 이 새로운 가공사이클은 모든 유형의 터닝공구에 사용될 수 있으며, 황삭 및 정삭 작업에 모두 사용이 가능합니다.
 

지그 DB를 활용한 측정

 지그 DB를 활용하여 지그는 물론 다른 작업물을 측정할 수 있습니다. 지그의 위치와 크기를 정확하게 측정할 수 있을 뿐 아니라, 부품 및 스톡모델과 다른 작업물 간의 관계를 명확하게 측정할 수 있습니다.
 

CAD 링크 검색 기능

 피쳐 검색 관련, CAD링크에 의해 전송되는 정보 중 리밋 & 핏(Limits & Fit)데이터를 Edgecam의피쳐로 전달 가능합니다. CREO, SolidWorks, Inventor 파일을 지원하며, 이 정보는 피쳐의 속성을 보여줄 뿐만 아니라, 사용자가 자주 사용하는 가공경로를 생성 시 이 데이터를 그대로 활용할 수 있습니다.
 

실시간 작업보고서

 실시간 작업보고서 기능은 기존에 윈도우 서비스에서 실행되었으나, Edgecam 2017 R2에서는 이를 데스크탑 응용프로그램에서 실행되도록 전환하여 사용자 프로필 변경 시에 신뢰도를 향상시킵니다.
 

빠른 검색 기능

 Edgecam에서는 수많은 기능 도구를 사용할 수 있기 때문에, 인터페이스 상에서 적절한 기능을 찾기 어려울 수도 있습니다. 하지만 최신 버전에서는 새롭고 빠른 검색 기능을 통하여 자주 쓰이지 않는 기능을 명령 라이브러리에서 쉽고 간편하게 찾아 인터페이스상에 배치 할 수 있습니다.
 

싸이클 대화창 업데이트

 2017 R2의 대화상자는 이해가 쉬운 그림과 상황별 도움말 사용이 가능하도록 업데이트 되었습니다. 슬롯밀링, 곡선투영가공 및 원형투영가공 싸이클이 모두 업데이트 되었습니다. 이러한 기능은 일반 사용자로 하여금 자주 사용하지 않는 명령옵션을 쉽게 사용할 수 있을 뿐 아니라, 친숙하지 않은 사용자로 하여금 빠르게 기본기능을 이해할 수 있도록 지원합니다.
 

Inspection 모듈 

 Inspection 모듈은 여타의 CAM소프트웨어서는 전례가 없으며, Edgecam만의 독보적인 기능입니다, Edgecam은 공정 내에서 또는 최종 파트 측정 시 다양한 기능 유형과 경로생성 기능, 보고서 기능 지원을 통해 사용하기 쉬우면서 정교한 프로브 측정이 가능합니다.

Edgecam은 오프라인 측정과 프로빙에 대한 고객들의 요구에 대응하여 CAM작업자용 측정모듈을 제공하며 CAD 모델을 활용합니다. 사용자는  측정공구경로를 손쉽게 변환하고 시뮬레이션할 수 있는 측정기능을 사용할 수 있습니다. 이는 기계코드 매크로가 Edgecam의 포스트프로세서를 통해 생성되기 때문에 가능합니다. 
 

머신 시뮬레이터

 머신시뮬레이터는 두 가지의 추가기능을 제공합니다.
 
 먼저 파트 비교 시 모든 요소를 선택하는 옵션입니다. 파트비교를 사용하면서 대상이 되는 요소를 선택하는 기능은 기존에 출시된 버전에서 이미 도입된 바 있으나, 이제 사용자가 모든 요소를 선택할 수 있도록 하는 옵션이 추가되었습니다. 이는 특히 여러 개의 지그가 올려진 상태에서 여러 개의 파트로 작업할 때 유용합니다.
 
 또한, 머신시뮬레이터를 종료할 때 공구경로를 백그라운드에서 실행하는 더욱 빠르고 편리한 방식이 도입되었습니다. 기존의 메뉴 옵션을 사용하지 않고도 이제 SHIFT 단축키를 누르기만 하면 처음의 시뮬레이션 위치로 되돌아 갈 수 있습니다. 
 

황삭 및 홀 드릴 싸이클

 황삭 및 홀 드릴 싸이클이 기존의 기능보다 일관성 있도록 업그레이드 되었스,습니다. 즉, 한번의 절입량으로 황삭 가공 시, 기존 버전에서는 치수를 입력해야만 했으나 이제 사용자는 더 이상 절입량을 지정할 필요가 없습니다.
 
 황삭 싸이클과 마찬가지로, 2017R2에서는 "현재스톡모델사용"을 설정하면 Z레벨 값을 지정하지 않아도 시스템이 자동으로 툴패스의 시작점을 감지합니다. 
 

와이어 EDM 기능 향상

 와이어 EDM사용자를 위해 머신 컨피규레이터에 수많은 기능이 향상되었습니다. 여러 버전의 EDM Expert에 대한 지원이 가능하며 사이클이 적절한 EDM Expert기술 페이지로 자동 전횐 되도록 하는 새로운 설정이 추가되었습니다.
 

ACVision & Excetek 포스트프로세서

 이제 ACVision 및 Excetek 포스트 프로세서에 더 많은 옵션을 추가하여 제어가 더욱 간편하게 포스트프로세서를 제어할 수 있습니다.
 

태그 기능

 가공 경로를 종료 할 때 비 평행 이동에도 태그가 가능합니다. 이를 통해 더 나은 코드 출력을 지원하고 전체 파트에 걸쳐 일정한 태그 너비를 줄 수 있습니다.
 

 

 

 

Edgecam Version 2017 R1

 

Edgecam 2017 R1

 Edgecam 2017 R1은 터닝, 밀링, 와이어 EDM, 머신컨피규레이션, UI를 포함하여 50여 개의 기능이 새롭게 강화되어 작업효율과 성능, 사용 편의성이 향상 되었습니다.  
 

툼스톤 모듈

 Edgecam의 새로운 2017 릴리스에는 툼스톤과 도웰링지그 같은 마운팅 장치에 기존 부품을 조립하기 위한 툼스톤 모듈이 도입 되었습니다. 간편한 설정 창을 통해 사용자는 다중 부품 작업 고정 장치에 장착할 위치를 지정하여 미리 가공된 부품 파일을 추가할 수 있습니다. 파트가 삽입되면 Edgecam은 공구 또는 인덱스 위치에 따라 모든 가공 순서를 자동으로 병합하고 최적화된 NC 코드를 출력합니다. 
 
 이 새로운 기능은 사용자가 수동으로 모델을 불러와서 명령을 추가하여 병합할 필요가 없기 때문에 시간을 크게 절약할 수 있습니다. 
 

장비 환경설정

 Edgecam의 Code Wizard에는 선반용 공작기계의 환경 설정 기능에 크게 두 가지 기능이 향상되었습니다.  
 
 터렛의 유형을 지정할 때 터렛공구가X, Y 또는 Z 축 방향으로 장착되는 선형 터렛 타입을 지원합니다. 
 
 또한, 슬라이딩 스핀들 및 소재 기능이 추가되었습니다. 공구가 고정되어 있고 소재가 척 또는 콜렛 사이로 이동하는 스위스 타입 공작기계에 사용되는 움직임을 지원합니다.  
 

프로빙 

 릴리즈 버전에서는 밀링 환경과 동일하게 터닝에서도 프로빙 기능을 지원합니다. Renishaw 및   m & h 프로빙 시스템과 공구스토어내에 신규 프로브가 추가 되었습니다. 사용자는 7개의 프로빙 싸이클을 사용할 수 있으며 시뮬레이션까지 지원 가능합니다.  
 

와이어 EDM 개선 사항

 새로운 버전에는 사용자를 위한 3가지 기능이 특별히 향상되었습니다. 신규 버전에서는 툴패스 편집, Fanuc 가공조건 및 2D 피쳐 기능이 추가되었습니다. Rotate 및 Mirror 기능을 사용하여 생성된 툴패스에 대한 NC코드 출력이 가능하며 Fanuc a-C600Ia 장비를 지원합니다. 
 
 신규 2D 피쳐 명령은 2D/3D 와이어프레임 CAD 데이터로 작업하는 사용자를 위해 추가되었습니다. 2D 피쳐 명령으로 복잡한 프로파일 형상을 작업하는 경우 기존 상하이형상 및 테이퍼윤곽을 보다 쉽게 작업할 수 있습니다. 
 

윤곽가공 사이클

 윤곽가공 사이클 내에 3가지 신규 기능이 추가되었습니다. 링크 탭에 추가된 절삭 도피량 옵션은 플런지 진입 구간의 공구의 위치를 제어합니다. 두 번째로 헬리컬 기능으로 추가된 최종경로제외 옵션을 사용하여 불필요한 최종 경로를 제외할 수 있습니다. 세 번째로 다중경로에 추가된 Z Level 옵션은 툴패스를 옵셋 방향으로 나누어 가공 순서를 제어할 수 있습니다. 
 

워크플로우/플래닝 보드 

 워크플로우와 플래닝보드에는 수많은 새로운 기능이 추가되어 툴패스가 더욱 빨리 생성됩니다. 이 가공방식은 터닝장비에서 메인스핀들의 공작물을 서브스핀들로 전송하면서 서브스핀들의 셋업 명령 지원이 가능해짐에 따라 메인스핀들뿐만 아니라 서브스핀들 모두에 적용될 수 있습니다. 또한, 옵션창에서 특정한 홀 속성에 맞도록 홀정삭방식을 선택하여 리밍을 지정할 수 있게되었습니다.가공피처옵션에서 새로 추가된 "현재사용공구"에 체크박스를 사용하면 현재의 터닝공구나 밀링커터를 사용하는 가공방식을  적용할 수 있습니다.  
 
 터닝장비에서 셋업브라우저와 동적 CPL 마커의 회전 핸들에 세션 세부정보가추가되었습니다. 이를 통해 사용자는 X마커와 Z마커를 표시하기만 하면, CPL마커를 더욱 쉽고 간편하게 확인할 수 있습니다.  새로운 마커를 사용하여 가공물을 동적으로 회전, 이동, 변환이 가능하며 설정창은 환경 및 소재의 정보를 표시하는 세션과 데이터 및 위치를 지정하는 별도의 세션으로  나뉩니다. 또한, 여러 부품을 불러올때 설정창은 각 솔리드 모델을 개별화하여 자동으로 새로운 CPL데이터를 추가합니다. 이를 통해 각 모델을 개별적으로 분리하여 세밀히 검토하고 데이터를 변경할 수 있습니다.  
 

디스플레이 향상

 솔리드 파일 작업시, 피킹이나 강조 뿐만 아니라 속도 파일 조작기능이 향상되었습니다.  이러한 향상된 기능은 Edgecam의 자체 내부 엔진의 개선과 Open 3.3기술 업그레이드를 통해 실현되었습니다.
 

CAM 사이클 대화상자

 Edgecam 2017 R1은 터닝장비에 초첨을 맞춘 더욱 많은 작업에 상황에 맞는 도움말과 이미지를 추가함으로써 CAM사이클의 대화상자를 계속적으로 향상시키고 있습니다. 구체적으로 2017 R1 버전에서는 나사가공, 황정삭 그루빙, 황삭윤곽가공과 5축 탭 등에 업데이트된 특정 대화상자가 포함되었습니다. 이러한 대화상자를 통해  초보작업자도 매우 쉽게 사용하실 수 있습니다.   
 

다양한 개선 사항

업데이트 픽스처 명령이 최적화된 색인 동작을 포함하도록 향상되었습니다. 기존에는 사용자가 직접 전체 시퀀스에 대하여 안전한 색인 위치를  선택해야만 하였지만, Edgecam 2017 R1에서는  스탁과 픽스처에 대한 모든 색인 이동을 자동으로 체크하고 수정함으로써 더욱 간편해 졌습니다. .
 
또한, 터닝 및 밀링가공 시  빠른 공구변환이나 빠른 홈명령이 기본값으로 설정되어 있기 때문에 이제 별도로 프로그래밍할 필요 없습니다.
 
다양한 부품을 작업하는 사용자는 부품삽입명령의 두가지 새로운 기능이 편리하게 사용 될 수 있습니다. 기존에는 불필요한 특정설정을 포함한 모든 시퀀스를 삽입해야 했지만, 2017R1에서는 별도의 가공시퀀스만을 삽입할 수 있습니다. 또한, CPL 데이터는 이제 간단한 드롭 다운 메뉴에서도 선택할 수 있습니다.

 
 
 

 

Edgecam Version 2016 R2

 

Edgecam 2016 R2

Edgecam 2016 R2 offers significant time savings while loading solid model part files. During trials, the files loaded around 20 times faster, because less time is taken opening files, due to ‘tessellation.’
 
“This latest release of Edgecam breaks the  model down into triangles, which are then stored in such a way that they can be read back much faster than before.”
 

Fully 64bit & Full Support

The new release is fully 64bit, improving access to memory. In the past, although Edgecam’s machining engine and machine simulator have been 64bit, the overall package was 32bit. “This restricted large part files, but now Edgecam is completely 64bit, it has the ability to store larger, and more, solid parts and toolpaths. Also, this speeds up toolpath transfer into 64bit memory.”

Full support is provided in a new module, for rotary heads typically found on Trevisan type machine tools, common to the oil and gas industry where very large components require a turning operation provided by the rotating head. The component remains stationary on the rotary table, with the secondary spindle being used to turn profiles and bores.
 

Ramp Cut Strategy - Rough Turn

Following on from Waveform turning, the existing Rough Turn Cycle now features a new Ramp Cut strategy. This method is typically used for turning deep recesses with double-sided turning inserts...and extends tool life as the contact point on the insert is constantly changing, avoiding notching. The new strategy can be used with decreasing cut increments.
 

Enhancements & Machine Configuration

Improvements have been made to machine configuration when simulating lathes with slanting turrets. “In the past, simulation showed this type of lathe as having the upper and lower turrets in line, but Edgecam 2016 R2 displays slanting turrets in their true position.”  

Turning, milling and wire EDM functions all benefit from numerous enhancements, including three for turners in the area of grooving. Improvements to the rough grooving cycle have done away with the need to manually add radius compensation, as the cycle now incorporates that functionality.  

“The cycle now automatically detects a small radius or chamfer on a groove feature, and removes surplus cuts where applicable. “This not only saves cycle time, but also alleviates the need to manually check for wasted cuts.” The rough groove cycle also offers a new Intermediate Cuts function for determining the number of extra cuts required to successfully machine across a large chamfer or radius on a groove feature.
 

Edgecam | EWS

Edgecam 2016 R2 continues to evolve its EWS product by importing 3D IGES wireframe files. Once the files have been loaded they can be turned into solid models with existing EWS tools such as Sketch Plane and Ruled Surface.
 

Wire EDM Improvements

Three enhancements are aimed specifically at Wire EDM users. Firstly, new output options for each controller family have been added to the Machine Configuration settings – and the Makmino technology database has been updated to support additional machines and controllers.

Secondly, the Move command now supports rotary axis positioning, meaning users can choose not only a linear value, but also an angular co-ordinate. And thirdly, the Wire Ribbon Interface now has a ‘Translate’ command, giving the ability to globally move either single or multiple CAM instructions. “The command works in the same way as that in the mill and turning environments where ‘from’ and ‘to’ group the translated CAM instructions,” says Simon Mee.
 

Mill/turn & Milling Profiling

Improved functionality to both mill/turn and milling profiling include a refined algorithm which generates less code while maintaining accuracy. “This is clearly seen when a user picks solid edges or loops from a solid model. The code is now converted to line/arcs if possible, dramatically reducing the amount of NC output.”
 

Advanced 5 axis Cycle

The Advanced 5-Axis Cycle benefits from seven new aspects, each one aimed at either offering new toolpath functionality, or improving existing ways of working. Focusing on the ‘Multi blade machining’ module, additional Collision Check options have been added, along with the introduction of a specific fillet finishing option commonly found on impellor components. The Roughing tab now includes the ability to mirror a 5-axis toolpath, which not only creates a mirror image by reflecting it symmetrically, but also alleviates the need to add extra transformation CAM instructions.
 
When using swarf machining in the 5-axis cycle, users will find a new parameter in the Utility tab: Maximum Angle Step For Rotation Axis limits the rotation angle of the machine head, as some machine controls struggle to compensate for large rotation angles.

A new pattern type – Flowline – has been added to the advanced 5-axis cycle. It creates a toolpath aligned to either the U or V direction of the machining surface. “The user can determine the toolpath’s style, choosing either ‘along’ or ‘around.’ As only a single face is required, calculation is extremely fast.” A typical application for Flowline is where a specific surface texture, or grain, is required.
 

Port Machining Enhancements

Port machining is given two enhancements. The cycle now uses Automatic Spine, where, by default, it checks the spine position in relation to the machining surface. “If it’s too close, the toolpath is automatically trimmed back,” says Simon Mee. “In previous versions the toolpath would not have been created.  Also, an ‘Edge Rolling’ checkbox has been added to the port machining option which extends the toolpath as it enters the port.”
 

Improved Display enhancements

A number of new and improved display enhancements give a greater level of control in Edgecam 2016 R2. Machine Display buttons have been added to the Heads Up Display control, for toggling individual elements of a machine tool graphic. A ‘comment field’ has been added to all CAM cycles for outputting general information about a specific cycle, helping programmers communicate more easily. And, based on customer feedback, the new Setup Browser has replaced the Component Setup Window. While retaining all previous functionality, it adds the ability to dock and undock the display. The browser can be displayed on multiple tabs, but can also be hidden, if required.
 

CAM Cycle Dialogs

Edgecam 2016 R2 continues to evolve CAM cycle dialogs by adding images and context-sensitive help to more commands, specifically Plunge Roughing, Project Toolpath, Rest Finishing and Project Boundary Collapse.. “To use an old phrase, ‘A picture paints a thousand words,’ says Simon Mee. “This new functionality helps users to quickly understand exactly what the function does, reducing their learning curve.”
 

Various improvements

Support for Nutated Head on mill turn machines using Fanuc, Siemens and Heidenhain controllers is introduced into Edgecam’s machine tool configurations.

‘Corner control’ is now available when Compensation is set to Geometry. In previous versions of Edgecam, the ability to break the corner was only supported when Compensation was set to Centre-Line.

And a further enhancement has removed ‘rollovers,’ which could happen when the cycle was set to Pick Solid Faces. This improvement will be applied automatically when the toolpath is regenerated in Edgecam 2016 R2.  

The new Editable Manual Turn feature means users can now alter a turned profile feature by simply checking an ‘edit’ command.
 
Colour is now taken into account on the Filter Entity Type command. “This means users have extra control as they can identify all entities, including a solid feature, by their colour.
 
While using any of Edgecam’s probing cycles entities, including linear and circular edges, vertices and circular faces, can now be picked directly from a solid model, and because they are associative to the model, the toolpath automatically updates after a design change.

 
 
 

 

Edgecam Version 2016 R1

 

Edgecam 2016 R1

The latest release of Edgecam’s game-changing manufacturing software contains over 30 important new and enhanced items of CAD and CAM functionality for milling, turning, and wire EDM.
 

Pre Plunge Finish Groove Cycle

Turners now benefit from a new time-saving Pre-Finish Plunge option found in the Finishing Grooving cycle in Edgecam 2016 R1. A single plunge cut is generated at the centre of a groove feature, and the cycle then continues to finish the feature in the usual way. As this removes most of the material it does away with the need for a Rough Grooving cycle.
 

Ramp Cut Strategy - Rough Turn

Following on from Waveform turning, the existing Rough Turn Cycle now features a new Ramp Cut strategy. This method is typically used for turning deep recesses with double-sided turning inserts...and extends tool life as the contact point on the insert is constantly changing, avoiding notching. The new strategy can be used with decreasing cut increments.
 

Images on Cycle Dialogs

Five more milling CAM cycles have been upgraded to use images and help tooltips. Edgecam’s Product Manager, Simon Mee says: “This helps users to quickly understand the command function and also presents a consistent user interface.” The cycles are Parallel Lace, Pencil Mill, Face Mill, Flat Land Finishing, and Constant Cusp Finishing.
 

Edgecam Workflow Solids | EWS

Enhancements have been made to Edgecam’s 3D modelling software, EWS. A new 2D Offset Tool makes design creation easier. Common shapes and profiles are quickly duplicated and copies by an offset amount, reducing sketching time. More time is saved while creating constraints, as it is no longer necessary to exit the command – the dimension value is now immediately editable. And entities dynamically snap during the sketching phase. Also, an enhanced Arc command now includes a Set Diameter/Radius option, allowing multiple identical circles to be added to a sketch.
 

ACIS Solids | Performance Improvements

Edgecam 2016 R1 sees the completion of memory-handling developments for working with multiple solid models. “Similar to Parasolid, Inventor and Granite files, users will now see noticeable performance improvements when working with ACIS models. This is achieved by only storing a single solid model – when duplicates are required Edgecam creates references to the original geometry. Customers working with tombstone parts or sub-spindle lathes will reap significant benefits from this new functionality.”
 

Operation Upgrades

A number of significant upgrades have been made to the Operations function, which is used in particular by new or infrequent Edgecam programmers as a quick and easy way to develop complex toolpaths. Roughing, profiling, turning, and 4- and 5-axis commands have been enhanced, as well as the addition of a new chamfering operation.
 

Roughing Operation

The roughing operation is now stock-aware, and adopts the Waveform toolpath strategy. In addition, the rough turn operation now supports the B-axis...and the 4- and 5- axis operations can now directly pick on the solid model.
 

Simulator Update Stock Improvements

A function used for both milling and turning operations now saves additional time on the Update Stock command. “Through intelligent coding, the command no longer needs to process the graphical aspects of the machine set-up,” says Simon Mee. “This means the Machine Simulator can focus on pure toolpath. Further performance improvements have been made to the simulator when dealing with large toolpaths such as roughing and 5-axis cycles. The simulator now groups multiple cuts intelligently, to provide an optimum performance benefit.”
 

Feature Finder | Partial Holes

A further enhancement to the Automatic Feature Finding command means users can set a Partial Hole Angle when creating features. The value will control which hole features can be detected, and eventually machined. “This is particularly useful when the overall feature includes a hole or partial radius, and removes the need to manually create a hole feature or arc entity,” says Simon Mee.
 

Machine Tool Configuration improvements

New functionality has been added to the area of machine tool configuration – continuing the evolution of catering for milling machines with turning capabilities, Edgecam 2016 R1 has introduced full support for head-table machines, including support for Siemens, TNC and ISO programming languages.
 

Extended Collision Detection

Building on enhancements from previous releases, Edgecam 2016 R1 now offers extended collision detection and improved NC output for machining holes. Working in unison with the Update Fixture command, the Hole Cycle avoids collisions with fixtures by using clearance and retract values parameters. Simon Mee says this feature is especially beneficial when non-uniform clamps are used. “The cycle’s ‘link’ moves are minimised. As they’re calculated from the local fixture height, this reduces cycle time considerably. “As a result of this, the program output has been improved, as the specific retract value can be used in canned cycles.
 

Wire EDM

Wire EDM users benefit from a new Smart Cycle machining command. This combines 2-axis and 4-axis wire machining into one function, by analysing the input geometry shape. It guarantees that the output code always matches the feature shape, without the user needing to do anything else.

Edgecam 2016 R1 also introduces a ‘Test For Separation / Slug Removal’ function into the wire EDM simulator. “Users can examine if slugs of material can become detached from the main stock body. The simulation test displays all separations, and shows which direction they’ll take. By knowing of any problems at this stage, users can decide whether to change the machining process. This is especially valuable on complex 3D shapes, where it’s not always obvious if separation is possible.”
 
 
 

 

Edgecam Version 2015 R2

 

Edgecam 2015 R2

The latest release of Edgecam’s game-changing manufacturing software contains a number of important new and enhanced items of CAD and CAM functionality for milling, turning, and wire EDM.

Highlights include an upgrade to the multi spindle lathe set up, a new port machining module for its renowned 5-axis cycle, and significant time savings through the enhanced hole cycle.

Overall, Edgecam 2015 R2 has around 50 items of new and enhanced functionality
 

Lathe & Spindle Set-Up

The Lathe Set-Up command has been enhanced, allowing for clearer definition of Main and Sub-Spindle components. This leads to a better understanding of which machining features are active, and means multiple transfers can be made between spindles.

And the new Spindle Set-Up command makes it easier to edit the sequence window. Also, the sub-spindle part can be machined away from its home position.
 

Advanced 5 axis Cycle

The Advanced 5-Axis Cycle capability has a new Port Machining module, offering both roughing and finishing strategies. The toolpath reaches the full area with a single path, offering two types of cut pattern.
 

Enhanced Hole Cycle

Using the enhanced Hole Cycle in Edgecam 2015 R2 gives significant time savings. Where voids or intersecting holes are detected, the toolpath is automatically adjusted, increasing the feedrate while the tool is not cutting. The NC output is adjusted using the high feedrate of the machine tool.
 

Edgecam Workflow Solids (EWS)

Numerous enhancements have been made to Edgecam’s internal modelling software, Edgecam Workflow Solids. For the rapid creation of uniform profiles, EWS has introduced a Slotting Tool command, which quickly and easily adopts any profile shape, adding width and depth to the feature. Fillets and corner blends are also supported.

Edgecam 2015 R2 introduces the ability to automatically add dimensional constraints in EWS, through the Sketch Analysis command. Users save a significant amount of time when creating sketches extracted from DXF/DWG files.
 

Wire EDM

Wire EDM benefits from further Advanced controls for Edgecam’s 2- and 4-axis Wire EDM machining cycles. Not only has Corner Relief been added, but the system now offers four variants of the command. For example, where a razor sharp edge is required on external corners, the Loop control is selected...while choosing Circle creates relief on an internal corner.

Since its initial release the Edgecam Wire EDM cycle has supported interruptions to the wire path in order to introduce Glue Stops, or tags. This command has been enhanced in 2015 R2, automatically producing multiple tags for large, heavy or complex parts.
 

Collision avoidance

The latest release delivers additional collision avoidance by checking Link moves between all Milling cycles. Link moves are now automatically checked against Stock and Fixtures, with the tool retracting to a safe height where collisions are detected.
 

M & H support

In addition, the items of new and enhanced functionality include support for M & H probing, simulation of screw threads, new machine tool configuration for turning on milling machines, CAD links for Creo Parametric files, and support for lathes with sub spindles offset from  centreline.

Edgecam 2015 R2 supports touch probes from M & H. Users can measure workpieces and simulate the probe movements with six individual probing cycles. Each cycle has also been enhanced with eight new functions, giving a wider choice of inspection data.
 

Thread Cutting Simulation

Machine simulation of thread cutting has been introduced into the new release, allowing users to view and analyse thread forms created by the Thread Turn cycle. It gives a choice of viewing an accurate representation of the thread, or a pictorial image.
 

Enhanced machine tool configuration

Enhanced machine tool configuration ensures manufacturers can avoid potential collisions while machining on lathes with main and sub spindles – the sub spindle locations can be repositioned using the new ‘Offset X location’ function.  And with the increasing popularity in mill-turn machines, further evolution in Machine Tool configurations means users can now create ‘table-table,’ ‘head-table’ and ‘nutated table-table’ machines, including TNC control.
 

Creo Parametric Files

Finally, thanks to new support for Creo Parametric files, users can now launch Edgecam from within Creo Parametric, and the resulting file contains valuable manufacturing information, including thread data.
 

 

 

Edgecam Version 2015 R1

 

Edgecam 2015 R1

The swift evolution of Edgecam Workflow is highlighted with over 50 new and enhanced aspects of functionality in the latest release.

Waveform turning, multiple machining sequence support, ribbon bar and interface updates, and the inclusion of Wire EDM mean that Edgecam 2015 R1, from Vero Software, continues to be a game changer in ensuring UK manufacturers can compete in a global economy.

Vero’s Strategic Product Director, Raf Lobato, says having developed waveform roughing for milling during the last two years, the new version of Edgecam also makes it available for turning strategies.
 
Amongst the new and enhanced functionality available in Edgecam 2015 R1: 
 

Rough Waveform Turning

Based on the successful milling waveform technology, Edgecam 2015 R1 introduces a brand new turning cycle, Rough Waveform Turning. The toolpath maintains a constant cutting load, enabling significantly faster cutting data, and prolonging tool life. Similar to other turning commands, the cycle is sensitive to the stock condition, eliminating ‘fresh-air cuts.’
 

Multiple Setup Support

The new release introduces further Workflow enhancements by supporting multiple  setups in both the turning and milling environments.  This means both the component and stock and fixtures can be passed to subsequent new, machining sequences. This enhancement promotes the use of one single CAM file to house multiple machining setups, ensuring the stock remains associative between setups is a massive improvement.
 

Themes – Ribbon Bar Customisation

The default ribbon bar can be customised and saved as a ‘Theme.’ Themes can be exported to other Edgecam installations and deployed across networks. Users can personalise their individual theme with frequently used commands, even adding custom macros.
 

Edgecam Workflow Solids (EWS)

Numerous new commands have been added to the internal solid modelling software. DXF and DWG files can now be imported to accelerate the design process. And both internal and external threads can now be created in EWS. An array of time-saving commands have been introduced, such as Copy/Move procedures and the ability to create circular workplanes.
 

Wire EDM

The Wire EDM product is now available in the Workflow environment, and Edgecam 2015 R1 offers full machine simulation, including stock and cross-section display.
 

Turning on Milling Machines

A new machine tool configuration has been introduced, making it possible to turn on a milling machining centre. As well as accurate code output, full machine tool graphics are available for toolpath simulation.
 

Picking 3D Faces

The Parallel Lace, Constant Cusp, Rest Finishing and Pencil Mill Cycles have all been enhanced to allow ‘direct picking,’ meaning that individual faces or surfaces can be selected and without the need for creating boundaries the entire model will be protected against. 
 

New Engraving Cycle

The new machining command ‘Engraving Cycle, allows complex geometry corners to be shaped, and artwork profiles to be machined. Using direct picking, the cycle works with a variety of entities, and offers four different types of strategies.
 

Ordering of Profiling and Roughing

An Optimise Path function has been added to both the roughing and profiling cycles, giving greater control over the toolpath. Specifically, users can save on wasted toolpath movements by dictating the order in which regions are machined.
 

 

 

 

Edgecam Version 2014 R2

 

Edgecam 2014 R2

The exciting new functionality in Edgecam 2014 R2 begins to show how Edgecam Workflow will be the default method for using Edgecam. Automatic conversion of 2D design data to a 3D model, and other significant enhancements to Edgecam Worfklow, from user interface to improved automatic machining processes, are some of the important aspects in the latest release of Edgecam software enhancing Edgecam Workflow to a new level of capability. 
 
Edgecam 2014 R2 has just been launched, and several items of new and enhanced functionality demonstrate why it continues to lead the way in improving productivity and flexibility for manufacturers, increasing their profitability. 
 
General Manager Raf Lobato says: “There are a number of exciting new aspects in Edgecam 2014 R2, including 2D to 3D for Part Modeler, the new Edgecam Workflow Solids modeler, comprehenisve machining strategies in Edgecam Workflow, and dynamic co-ordinate system creation. In addition, job reports are now available on portable devices. They all come for free for Edgecam users who are on a Software Maintenance Plan.”
 
Amongst the new and enhanced functionality available in Edgecam 2014 R2: 
 

2D to 3D for Part Modeler

This ensures old 2D legacy design data can be used in Edgecam Workflow without the need for total part re-modelling. A 2D drawing can now be converted automatically into a 3D model quickly and accurately by simply selecting the views and tracing the part outline.
 

Edgecam Workflow Solids (EWS)

Offers a fast and simplistic approach to creating simple CAM-ready 3D solid models, delivering standard modelling functions such as extrude, revolve, and blend, supported by parametric sketching. A feature wizard allows for the rapid creation of specific hole types. An interactive story board means users can remodel and edit the original design by quickly selecting the process to be edited, and re-applying the changes.
 

Edgecam Workflow

Workflow been enhanced in all areas, with the inclusion of EWS,  customisable ribbon bars laid out in a logical process order, and improved machining strategies to enable toolpaths to be generated quickly and efficiently while considering the component stock, fixtures and material.
 

Dynamic co-ordinate system creation

The new software includes an interactive way of creating construction planes (CPLs), by simply dragging the CPL marker from the bottom left of the screen onto a face, vertices or edge, and the CPL marker automatically snaps and orientates as required. Dragging the marker over the model instantly offers options of alignment and location, making it easy to find the preferred origin.
 

Job reports on portable devices

View job reports on standard portable devices via internet browsers. Reports can be searched, viewed and printed anywhere, at any time.
 

Adveon integration

Edgecam 2014 R2 will be the first CAD/CAM platform to integrate Sandvik’s Adveon Tool Library. Adveon is a single tool library, managing tools from a number of manufacturers, and guarantees accurate geometrical information. While the engineer’s input is reduced, users can rapidly build tooling databases, and have access to 3D CAD models for accurate simulation and visualisation.
 

Direct import of tooling information from Mazak machines

An interface loads the .DAD file from Mazatrol controls and stores the .DAD tooling data instantly in Edgecam’s Toolstore. Ensuring that the tool selection in Edgecam reflects the tools available on the specific machine, means only tools on the machine can be selected, eliminating machine setup downtime. 
 
Raf Lobato says: “With so much game-changing technology in each new release, it’s no wonder many machine manufacturers are choosing to partner with Edgecam to provide a full solution for their customers’ machining needs, which includes the right software as well as the machine. Edgecam is providing the CAM part of that solution.”
 
Highlighting this trend, a number of machine tool manufacturers and agents used Edgecam  to program live cutting demonstrations at the recent MACH exhibition. Mazak, Matsuura, Hurco, Engineering Technology Group, ROMI and YMT Technologies all chose Edgecam to demonstrate the full capabilities of their machines.
 
Workflow Webinar, The Edgecam technical team will be presenting Workflow webinars, reviewing the latest developments that have been implemented, and discussing the three levels of manufacturing intelligence which offer true flexibility. “During the presentation we will demonstrate how easily Edgecam Workflow can be used to create and manufacture simple 2D prismatic parts progressing to advanced components using multi task machines with simultaneous 5 axis capability,” says Raf Lobato. 

 

 

Edgecam Version 2014 R1

 

Edgecam Latest Release – 2014 R1

Edgecam’s game-changing Workflow tools just got even faster. Workflow is already renowned for enabling CAD CAM engineers to apply toolpaths within seconds, and now, based on customer feedback, many enhancements have been made in the latest release, Edgecam 2014 R1, mainly in the two areas of part setup and stock and fixture management, giving additional control and saving even more time.

 

Workflow

A Machine Feature command allows users to interactively select a feature on their component, which will then be machined. The user can elect to only rough, finish, or rough and finish, meaning they have full control over their manufacturing order, without the need to apply full automation.

And Fixture Manager sees the introduction of chucks and collets that can be used for milling and turning. An additional time-saver: the fixture manager will also automatically filter valid and invalid fixtures based on component size, and offer a dynamic placement preview before it is placed on to the component.

 

Milling Enhancements

New Chamfer Cycle

The new Chamfering Cycle is a modern command supporting 2D and 3D geometry. The option to automatically debur sharp edges also removes the requirement to prepare geometry, which is another time-saver. It fully supports cutter radius compensation as well as 3D chamfering. 

Support for 3D Normal Offset Output:

Surface machining cycles now have an added control to compensate for tool wear on 3D machining toolpaths. This gives greater accuracy and control on tight tolerance components.

 

Ease of Use:

Further enhancements include a new design CPL datum marker with colour coded rotation bars and axis labelling. And following on from the introduction of pictures on dialogs in 2013 R2, this has been extended to the ‘rough and finish turn cycles’ promoting ease of use for new or infrequent users.

 

Dialogs

An Interactive editing tool for re-designing standard dialog boxes is available. The ability to “Mask” the standard interface allows users to pick which modifiers settings are displayed, empowering them to create command dialogs aligned to their preferred manufacturing methods.

 

Live Job Reports

Parts of Edgecam have gone mobile in 2014 R1. The new Live Job Reports is designed to be simple, easy and quick for small customers, while being very powerful for advanced users who want to customise it. It keeps the same performance on both small and large databases, easily handling thousands of tools and toolkits. And as this function runs on a website, the client can be a PC, and even a tablet or phone, making it possible to access the reports from the shopfloor on the go, without the need to print.

 

Part Modeler

A new item of functionality in Part Modeler finds fillet radii on third-party imported solid models and allows them to be edited. This Finding and Editing Fillets on Imported Models feature aids users preparing CAD data for manufacture. 

Other Part Modeler enhancements include advanced loft and sweep commands which allow users to loft dissimilar shapes and add guide curves.

 

 

 

Edgecam Version 2013 R2

 

Edgecam Latest Release – 2013 R2

The most far-reaching enhancement in 2013 R2 is Workflow, enabling CAD/CAM engineers to apply toolpaths within seconds. Other powerful items of new and enhanced functionality include modern redesign of dialogs, four-turret support, free loading of CAD files into Part Modeler, quicker simulation, and improvements to the Wire EDM Feature Finder.

 

Workflow

Workflow understands the component topology and therefore understands the required manufacturing environment. 

The new tools aid in loading and positioning the component, choosing the manufacturing method and suitable machine tools, adding user defined stock or stock from a database, importing fixtures, selecting a machine and toolkit, and managing strategies to automate manufacture. At each stage Workflow takes decisions or makes suggestions as to how the goal is best achieved. However, the user can easily over-ride the decisions if required, making the whole process flexible. 

 

Dialogs

All Edgecam dialogs have been updated to include a set of buttons for selecting data interactively. These buttons at the top of the dialog indicate what data is required:
 
As geometry is required the appropriate buttons are highlighted
If the geometry is mandatory and must be selected, then the button is marked with an underline
When the data is picked, the appropriate button is ticked to show successful selection
If the geometry selection is not required, the appropriate button is greyed out.
 
If any buttons are left without data after the OK button has been clicked, a prompt will be  displayed and the user will be asked to select the geometry. These new buttons guide the user through geometry selections, making all Edgecam cycles much easier to use. 
 

Part Modeler

Part Modeler now comes with free CAD Model Loaders for Parasolid, STEP, NX, ACIS, Inventor, CATIA V5 and Creo Parametric files. A Move Hole and Faces command allows the repositioning of features from models designed in another CAD system. They can either be moved from the original CAD datum position or relative to a user defined position. To modify features – for example holes, grooves, pocket walls and boss heights on a third party model, individual feature can be moved to create a “Manufacturing Model” from a design model, allowing for mid tolerancing models to be created and manage conditions created, such as expansion, when using heat treatments.  
 
 

Simulator

Simulator now runs as a separate process to Edgecam providing the following benefits.

  • Simulator starts instantly on second start up; a major benefit when simulating large parts/div>
  • Simulator starts from where the simulation last finished; no need to run simulation from the start each time
  • pdate Stock is up to 50% quicker than the previous release.

Simulator rendering has been enhanced. By default, stock surfaces are rendered with a metallic look. And a Flat Rendering option has been added to render the surfaces with a non-metallic look. Rapid Result has been improved for this release and Tool graphics are now displayed, with Toggle Tool and Toggle Tool Holders buttons enabled.

 

Wire Profile

A new Wire Profile Feature command has been added to find features suitable for Wire Erosion from a solid. This facility removes the need to extract the edges from the solid to make the wireframe fences. Other improvements to the Wire EDM include:    

  • Faces can be picked individually, by window or chained
  • Selected faces can have differing levels and heights; they do not need to be on parallel planes
  • It is possible to control the XY and UV Profile Height of the feature using controls on the feature dialog
  • The identified Wire Features appear in the feature list and have their own list of properties.
 

Milling Enhancements

Rationalise - Merge Identical Roughing and Profiling cycles

Typically, when milling cycles are applied to features, they are applied feature by feature using the Planning Board. This can lead to multiple identical cycles in the sequence browser with, for example, one cycle for each pocket.

Rationalise can now merge these cycles into one cycle, as is already done for hole cycles. When merge milling cycles is checked in the Rationalise dialog, cycles that are machined by the same Tool on the same CPL and whose dialog settings are identical are merged.

The benefit of merging the cycles not only makes the machining sequence shorter and easier to manage but the merged cycles inherit the toolpath ordering of the cycle. Initially, this has been implemented for the Roughing and Profiling cycles.

Mill Cycles - Select Boundary Edges Direct from Solid

The Milling cycles have been updated to allow boundaries to be selected directly from Solid Edges of EdgeLoops without the need to create geometry edges or EdgeLoops first. If the edges are not parallel to the current CPL, they are automatically projected in to the CPL to form a 2D boundary.

 

Turning Enhancements

New Finish Groove Cycle

A new Finish Groove cycle utilising the same processing as the Finish Turn cycle has been implemented to provide capabilities not available previously and to improve compatibility between the cycles.

The main advantages are:

  • Ability to change setting point depending on the side of tool in contact on the plunge moves
  • Ability to output CRC control codes and to change that code when changing tool sides
  • Ability to set an overlap
  • Ability to control lead in and out
  • Ability to split the cycle in the middle or side.

Finish Turning - Break First Entity enhanced

A new Break Orientation Angle setting has been added to the Control options allowing users to specify the angle of the theoretical element for which to break the first profile element. The angle of the theoretical element is controlled by an absolute user-supplied angle. If no angle is supplied then a right angle is assumed.

Strategy Manager Enhancements

User-defined Feature attributes for Strategies

Custom attributes can now be added to the Feature group of the attribute template which create new properties for Mill, Turn or Hole features. These attributes appear in the Edgecam feature properties window and can be set to communicate information to a strategy to affect the manufacturing process.

Solid Machinist Enhancements

Merge Nested Groove Features

A new Merge Nested Groove Features Turn option is available on the Feature Finder dialog. The new option allows grooves to be merged into larger grooves.

Toolstore Enhancements

Support for Keyed Index Turrets

A Turret Holder Mating option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters providing for machines fitted with index turrets that have keyed recesses into which pre-assembled keyed tool holders can be mounted.

Holder Origin Options

New Holder Origin possibilities make it easy to position the Tool Holder graphic.

A Holder Origin option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters which can be set to either the Insert Centre (Turning tools) or Flute Height (Milling and Hole tools), Tool Tip or Gauge Datum

Coolant Options

A Coolant option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters allowing you to specify whether the tool can pass coolant and the method used (Off, Flood, Mist or Air). The Through Coolant option in the Tool Geometry Parameters has been enhanced to provide a High Pressure selection.

Draw Tool Clearance

A Draw tool clearance option has been added to the Setting Preferences.

This option is used to display a ghosted image of the insert shape which will be used to generate the turn cycle offset including tool clearance angles.

 

Tooling Enhancements

Support for Keyed Index Turrets

A number of Index Turret / Holder Mating options have been added to the Loading Parameters providing for machines fitted with index turrets that have keyed recesses into which pre-assembled keyed tool holders can be mounted.
 

Holder Origin Options>

New Holder Origin possibilities make it easy to position the Tool Holder graphic. Previously, the Holder Origin, the reference position for setting the Holder Graphic offsets was the Insert Centre. Now, a Holder Origin option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters which can be set to either the Insert Centre.

 

Code Wizard Enhancements

Inch / Metric conversion of CGDs

Users can now convert CGDs from Inch to Metric and vice versa. A Machine Units conversion can be applied to existing CGDs. A warning will be displayed to ensure that the user realises that the stored values will be changed. Relevant data in the post will be converted in addition to the graphics (both parametric and non-parametric).

 

Edgecam Version 2013 R1

 

2013 R1 is a release combining new strategies with an improved user interface across many aspects of the software. The strategies will make creating tool paths effortless and the improvements to the user interface will get your result much faster than before.

 

Edgecam Wire Erosion

Edgecam’s new Wire Erosion product is based on the industry leading Vero PEPS Wire product and offers an intuitive environment for the comprehensive programming of all Wire EDM machine tools. Including a comprehensive library of proven post-processors and knowledge-based cutting schemes as standard. Users can select from one of the pre-defined machining strategies such as 'Unattended night runs' and 'Attended day runs' or, alternatively, define their own.

Features inlude :

  • Pre-configured code generators, optionally configurable.
  • Knowledge-based cutting schemes.
  • Roughing and finishing cuts easily applied to multiple punches / dies.
  • Reverse cutting with offsets and cutting technology changes.
  • Multiple strategies for corner types; including square ISO and conic.
  • Toolpath display indicators showing thread wire, cut wire and program stop positions.
  • No-core pocket destruction of round and irregular shapes.
  • No-core pocket destruction considers pre-hole diameter to eliminate air cuts and reduce cycle time.
 

New Rough Profile Cycle

This is a new cycle that replaces the Rough Profile cycle. It is available with all Turning and Production Licenses.

The Rough Profiling cycle removes material in a series of cuts parallel to the input profile and is typically used for roughing free form profiles from free form stock billets. It is also useful for cutting materials where it is beneficial to minimise re-entrant cutting as it keeps the tool in contact with the material for longer.

Benefits of the new cycle include:

  • Cycle is optionally stock aware to eliminate air cuts and reduce cycle time.
  • Intelligent stock entry and exit.
  • Support for controller tool offset i.e. G41/G42.
  • Possibility to enter a constant cut depth or different cut depths for X and Z.
    Specify ZX or Constant Offset finishing allowance.
  • Possibility to enter different offsets for each face element.
  • Option to stop after a specified no. of cuts, return to a safe swarf clearance position, stop the machine, clear the swarf then carry on.
The old Rough Profile cycle has been removed from the default user interface but can be retrieved using Customise -> Commands -> Turn Cycles.
 

Roughing - Waveform Improvements

Waveform roughing has been improved to include the following enhancements :

  • The Waveform strategy now has the ability to set the Approach Type; Helix and Pre-drill are possible. It works in the same way as the other strategies. A 10% bigger drill tool is expected for the pre-drill option.
  • Waveform pattern has been improved to avoid unnecessary cutting interruptions when opening the initial 'virtual pocket'. The transition between this area and actual toolpath is much smoother.
Percentage Plunge Feed added to Approach Options
The Plunge feedrate for approach moves can now be specified as a percentage of the Plunge feedrate on the General tab. This option is available for all Roughing strategy types.
 
Clean Up Final Pass added to Control Options
Some machines tools, due to the "Look Ahead" calculation and the high feeds, may leave pegs in the material showing unmachined areas. These pegs would be removed if the feeds were reduced, meaning that the toolpath is correct but, due to the "Look Ahead" calculation, the machine tool is avoiding those areas. Clean Up Final Pass has been added to the Control options which will add a pass at the end of the area to ensure that all material has been removed.
 

Moving the Sub-spindle - Option to Return Home without the part

The sub spindle can be docked to support the part for a machining process after which it may be sent back to its home position without the part. Previously, the stock was always returned home with the sub spindle - this is now optional.

There is an additional code constructor:

  • Sub Spindle Retract Empty. This is used to format the NC code for the Return Home Without Part option.
 

Turning Tool dialog - Machining of Internal Holes & Reverse Radial Tools

Machining of internal rotary holes has been improved to provide better access and handle situations which were previously not possible. Two situations have been improved:  

  • Correctly handle internal holes when using a Radial tool.
    Typical work for very large parts where the whole turret can sometimes go inside the component to do machining.
  • Load a Reverse Radial tool. which on an Index type turret will allow for two situations (driven by machine parameter).
    Either load the tool at the front of the turret (with special holder / mounting mechanism) or load the tool at the back of the turret.
 

Five Axis Milling dialog - Direct Picking on Model

Previously, the Five Axis cycle had to use geometry created from the solid, for example, Edge Loops and Face Features. The cycle can now pick edges and faces directly from the model without having to create Edge Loops or Face Features.

Improved Collision Avoidance (3 to 5-Axis and Five Axis Cycles)
In Edgecam 2013 R1, a new Remove Remaining Collisions option has been introduced. This option, when checked, will remove any collisions remaining after the main checks have been completed by retracting the tool away from the surface.
 
New Advanced Five Axis Options
In Edgecam 2013 R1, new Chaining Tolerance and Slow and Safe Path Creation options have been introduced on the General tab:
 
  • Chaining Tolerance is an internal value, greater than zero, used for the toolpath generation. The Chaining Tolerance might have an effect for a flat or slightly curved face where, since less tool path points are generated, the toolpath has less information. In this situation the chaining tolerance makes the toolpath accurate. However, if a smaller tolerance is selected, more computing time is required.
  • When Slow and Safe Path Creation is checked, the Chaining Tolerance will be set to an interval not longer than the maximum stepover distance. As with the Chaining Tolerance, activating this parameter requires more computing time.
 
5 axis cycle - separate process and 64-bit support
In Edgecam 2013 R1, a 5 Axis cycle will always be moved into a separate process, regardless of whether Set Safe Start Point (SSSP) has been set.
 
A 64-bit version of the application has also been created (EdgeSrv5Axis64.exe).
 
This will improve situations where the cycle previously ran out of memory during calculation.
 

Profiling - Break Corner options for Profiling Cycle

The Profiling cycle has been updated to include options to break sharp corners with either a radius or chamfer. This will reduce secondary de-burring operations.

Set Safe Start Point for Mill/Turn (Background processing)

Set Safe Start Position is now available in the Mill/Turn environment. Turning cycles are not affected.

The Safe Start Point can now be set up using the options in the new Background Processing tab:

  • Two safe points can be defined for each turret when there is a Sub Spindle. Only one is required when no Sub Spindle is present.
  • Only Main Spindle points need to be defined; Sub Spindle points will be created automatically.
 

Automatically Finding Features - Feature Finder recognises U and V style grooves

Feature finder now recognises U and V style grooves and sets appropriate attributes. This is useful for machining of such features using strategies.

The new Groove Type Attribute defines:

  • V style grooves need to have equal side wall angles.
  • U and V Style Grooves need to start and end at same level.
  • U and V style grooves can include a lead in corner radius or chamfer.
  • U style grooves need to have a full
  • 180 degree base radius.
  • V style grooves can include a blend radius at its base.
  • V style grooves have Included Angle attribute.
  • U and V style grooves have Groove Width attribute. This is the distance across the top of the groove.

Feature Finder - Holes

It is now possible to find holes from a "dumb" model, add them to the model tree and edit them, if required, within Part Modeler.
This new introduction will :

  • Allow ALL "dumb" holes in the solid model to be defined and edited within Part Modeler.
  • Allow users to add extra information to "dumb" holes, e.g. thread data.
  • Allow similar holes to be processed as a group.
  • Allow similar holes to be processed individually.

Feature Ordering Enhancements

Feature Finder internally groups features with similar attributes prior to performing a nearest next sort.

Nearest Next
Mill features on the same solid that share the same CPL level are now ordered using a "nearest next" logic. This ensures that the features are in a reasonable machining order for use by Strategy Manager and Planning Board. This is primarily needed in the milling environment where you have a plate with many pockets.
 
Feature Find internally groups features with similar attributes before performing a "nearest next" sort and automatically ordering the features:
  • Closed Pockets, Open Pockets and Open Mill features are considered together for the purpose of internal grouping. The feature attributes that are considered for internal grouping are MaxXyRadius (range +/- 50%), Depth (range +/- 50%), Lower Radius (exact) and MinimumXYRadius (exact). Each feature group starts at the bottom left.
  • In the example, all attributes are identical except for the MaxXyRadius (The radius of the greatest circle fitting inside the top contour).
  • Internal groups have been identified by colour and these groups would typically be roughed / rest roughed with different tooling sets. However, all of these features have the same MinimumXYRadius and would, therefore, be finished with the same tool. The feature order used for roughing is, therefore, not necessarily useful for finishing.
Features on Parallel CPLs (Z axis) are considered together
The predefined manufacture ordering now groups all mill / hole features on CPLs which share the same Z same direction together. This ensures that the order of features is highest level first irrespective of CPL. Previously, mill and hole features were sorted by CPL and then CPL level.
 
Previously, if Feature Find was run more than once on different CPLs, features could be identified on different CPLs which shared the same Z direction. In this situation, ordering features by CPL could lead to features on a lower level being ordered before features on a higher level.
 

Planning Board – Automatic Ordering

Feature Find automatically orders features into a logical order for manufacture. Machining Strategies can subsequently be assigned to each feature. Typically, a feature will be assigned a minimum of one roughing and one finishing strategy. The Planning Board can now be automatically ordered based on the priority setting assigned to each strategy. Strategy Manager (File Properties) is used to assign a priority to a strategy.

Automatic Ordering has been added to the Planning Board:
  • In Strategy Manager, File Properties specify a priority for each strategy. When the planning board is populated, it is automatically ordered based on this priority setting.
  • In the sample set of Edgecam strategies, priorities have been set so that all rough turning is done before finish turning and rough milling is done before finish milling.
  • Automatic Ordering is enabled by selecting Auto Sort Planning Board on the General tab of the Preferences dialog or can be done by pressing the Sort by priority button.

 

 

Edgecam Version 2012 R2

 

2012 R2 is a release combining new strategies with an improved user interface across many aspects of the software. The strategies will make creating tool paths effortless and the improvements to the user interface will get your result much faster than before.

 

Quill Support in Milling

Edgecam 2012 R2 introduces quill support. This allows you to program a secondary Z axis (Z2) on milling machines for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator. The secondary Z axis can be in the head or the table.

  • In Code Wizard, specify parametric or custom quill graphics
  • New command to select the currently active Z axis in Edgecam
  • Simulation of quill movements and collision detection
 

New Advanced Five Axis Cycle

The Advanced Five Axis cycle is an extension of the standard 5 axis cycle and offers a number of new features and advantages over the standard cycle.

  • Graphical user interface
  • Interactive picking/geometry selection
  • Additional calculation methods
 

Steady Rests in Edgecam

Edgecam 2012 R2 introduces support for programmable steady rests. This allows machines to be configured with steady rests for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator.

  • In Code Wizard, specify parametric or custom steady rest graphics
  • Control steady rest movements in Edgecam
  • Simulation of steady movement and collision checking
 

Improved Display and Editing of Cycle Selections

Following a limited release in the previous version, 'intelligent picking' has been extended in Edgecam 2012 R2 to support most milling and turning cycles.

Each selected element - such as cycle geometry, boundary or start point - is now listed under the relevant cycle in the sequence browser and can be highlighted and edited individually.

When an element is edited the current geometry is automatically selected in the graphics area and you can easily add to it or remove elements.

  • Display of current geometry selection
  • Add to or subtract from selection
  • Add new element types without having to reselect everything
  • Double-click an element to edit it
 

Rotary Machining of Mill Features

Using the new Solids menu ► Rotary Mill Feature command it is now possible to manually identify and machine simple rotary features that are located on a cylinder. The Rotary Mill features can be machined on Milling and Mill/Turn machines. Typical simple mill features that can be detected and machined include:  

  • Helical grooves
  • Slots
  • General cavities (pockets, engraving etc)
  • Bosses (raised areas) on cylinders
 

Strategy Manager – Planning Board

The Planning Board is a user interface tool designed for use with machining strategies, and it is used in conjunction with the Feature Browser. The Planning Board gives greater control over the manufacture order and the application of strategies. It gives graphical feedback indicating which strategies have been applied.

  • Strategies can be applied one at a time, applied to a marked set or applied to all.
  • Strategies can be removed from the Planning Board if they are not required.
 

Start Simulation from any Instruction

Simulator has been enhanced in Edgecam 2012 R2 so that you can now start the simulation from any point in the instruction list. 

  • Use the Sequence Browser (now available in Simulator) to start  the simulation at any point by clicking the instruction in the list
  • Rewind to any previous point in simulation
  • No need to simulate the whole sequence each time, pick exactly which instructions to simulate

 

Edgecam Version 2012 R1

 

2012 R1 is a release combining new strategies with an improved user interface across many aspects of the software. The strategies will make creating tool paths effortless and the improvements to the user interface will get your result much faster than before.

 

New Waveform Roughing Strategy

The new Waveform strategy ensures a constant tool load and smooth toolpath pattern, offering greater stability, more precise machining and faster metal removal.
  • Improved tool life
  • Constant engagement with material
  • Full flute cutting
  • Constant chip load
  • Superior material removal rates
  • Improved surface finish, potentially eliminating secondary cutting cycles
 

Slot Cycle Support for Features

Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces slot support in mill features. To allow you to machine the slots, the Slot cycle has been updated to work with solids.
  • New option to select Solids as cycle input
  • Machine slot in a single pass
  • Machine slot with a cut increment
  • Ramp approach moves into a closed slot
  • New options (Depth tab) to specify clearance, level and depth parameters associative to the solid model

Note
Please note that cycle functionality for 2D and 3D slots remains unchanged.

 

3 to 5-Axis Cycle Extended

The 3 to 5-Axis cycle for Profiling was introduced in the last release. In Edgecam 2012 R1 this has been extended to support eight more finishing cycles. The following cycles are now supported:

  • Profiling
  • Parallel Lace
  • Constant Cusp
  • Rest Finishing
  • Flow Surface
  • Project Boundary Collapse
  • Project Flow Curves
  • Project Circular Pattern
  • Pencil Mill

Note
The cycle is available with the 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling EN050-S and 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling for Education ENEDU-5 licenses.

 

Linear Axis Checking in Rotary Mode

Linear axis limit checking (introduced in the last version) has been extended in Edgecam 2012 R1 and now supports rotary mode in both the mill and mill/turn environment.


Edgecam reports when a cycle has exceeded the limits of the machine tool and indicates axis and direction. This allows you to take corrective action immediately.

  • Improved machine checking
  • Reduced prove out time
 

Improved Display and Editing of Cycle Selections

To improve the editing of Roughing, Profiling and 5-Axis cycles Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces a new way of editing individual elements of the cycle input.

Each selected element is now listed under the relevant cycle in the sequence browser and can be highlighted and edited individually.

  • Display of current geometry selection
  • Add to or subtract from selection
  • Add new element types without having to reselect everything
  • Edit several different items before choosing to regenerate the instruction

When an element is edited the current geometry is automatically selected in the graphics area and you can easily add to it or remove elements.
 

 

‘Update Stock’ Speed Improvements

The 'Update Stock' command now caches the stock model at each point. This means the next ‘Update Stock’ command will only process the cycles applied since the previous stock rather than the whole sequence each time. The new behaviour offers the following benefits:

  • Much faster after initial stock update
  • Improved regeneration time
  • In addition, you can now start Simulator from any Update Stock command
 

Reduce Sequence Regeneration for Index Command

Regeneration of Index commands has been improved in Edgecam 2012 R1.

Previously, changing any modifier in the Index command would cause subsequent instructions (instructions below the command in the list) to regenerate. The behaviour has changed and modifiers that do not affect the CPL position no longer cause a regeneration, speeding up the regeneration process.

For example, it is common to place machined parts onto a tombstone and then edit the work datum for each individual part. Previously this would have caused a regeneration of the sequence when editing the Index command even though the toolpath has not really changed.
 

Enhanced Turret Parking

Turret parking has been enhanced in Edgecam 2012 R1. The following enhancements give greater flexibility over how the tool is parked and allow you to consider the requirements of your machine:
  • For index type turrets you can now specify how the Z parking position is calculated by selecting the required option from the new Positioning Mode list.
  • For all turret types you can now override the default XYZ Park Positions set in the postprocessor.

Note
For ATC turrets the positioning mode list is not available. The positioning mode is always ‘fixed’ (Z parking positions are not offset). This remains unchanged from 2011 R2.

 

Tailstocks in Edgecam

Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces tailstock support. This allows machines to be configured with tailstock devices for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator.
  • In Code Wizard, specify parametric or custom tailstock graphics
  •  Control tailstock movements in Edgecam with graphical feedback
  • Simulation of tailstock movements and collision detection
  • Include tailstock moves in cycle time
 

Feature Support for Slots

It is now possible to detect and machine planar slots within Edgecam. Feature Finder has been enhanced to recognise areas that can be machined using the slotting cycle. ‘Slot features’ can be

  • Open ended slots, slots with radial bottom, nested slots, through slots, dog-leg slots...
  • Machined in a single pass
  • Found with Open Mill, Open Pocket, 2D Pocket/Boss and Contour Pocket/Boss feature types
 

Simulator Enhancements

These include:
• Start Simulation from any ‘Under Stock’ command
• Selecting an alternative toolkit for simulation
• Enhanced simulation output.


 

Loading Tools from Heidenhain Controller

You can now import tooling data directly from a Heidenhain iTNC530 controller, using the Import Heidenhain Tool Data option in ToolStore Administrator. Using a toolkit containing “real” tools allows you to
  • Manually Compare Edgecam tooling with the actual machine setup
  • Simulate using the actual tools that will be used for machining
 

PCI-JavaScript

Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces PCI-JavaScript. Rather than continue developing a bespoke language we have switched to supporting JavaScript. This is the industry standard language for the Web and will greatly enhance the flexibility for customisation.
  • Use an industry standard language
  • Access to file and operating systems
  • Talk directly to Microsoft Office applications
  • Continued support for PCI language
 

Improved Working with Surface Finish Attributes

Working with Surface Finish Attributes has been improved in Part Modeler 2012 R1. The following changes have been made to the Surface Attributes dialog:
  • The new surface finish viewer (opened by clicking the Show Attributes button) gives a visual comparison of surface finishes on each face of the component
  • You can now set a default finish for the whole component
  • Using the Match Attributes option you can set or edit attributes for multiple faces at the same time

As before, the attributes are inherited by Mill and Turn features that include the face, after feature finding in Edgecam. In turning, they can then be used as input to the Finish Turning and New Rough Turning cycle, so the feedrate can be adjusted by the Surface Finish value, for example. In milling, you can use the surface attributes when working with Strategy Manager strategies.

 

New Helical Groove Feature

In Part Modeler 2012 R1 it is now possible to produce helical grooves using the new 3D Construction ► Feature ► Helical Groove command. This new feature allows you to

  • Produce helical grooves with a square form, rounded square (corner radius in groove), round form and "V" form
  • Define features for helix design such as pitch, CLW/CCLW helix, start angle
 

New CAD Loader for Part Modeler

Part Modeler 2012 R1 introduces a new CAD loader that allows you to load Creo Parametric models into Part Modeler.


 

Emboss and Engrave Features

Part Modeler 2012 R1 offers a new 3DConstruction Feature Emboss/Engrave command that allows you to add an embossed or engraved feature to a component
  • Add features that are projected outward (embossed)
  • Add features that are projected inward (engraved)
  • Edit the model to add fillets/chamfers
  • Emboss or engrave text features
 

Rendered Image on Threads

In Part Modeler 2012 R1 it is now possible to render threads on models.
  • More realistic representation of threads on a solid model (internal and external threads)
  • Quickly and accurately view where threads are located on the solid model
  • Thread information is carried through to Edgecam for machining

 

Edgecam Version 2011 R2

 

2011 R2 is a release that once again includes something for all users of Edgecam, from improvements to the importing of CAD data, feature recognition and into manufacture where new cycles and options are available before full collision checking in Simulator.

 

New Flow Surface Cycle

The new Flow Surface cycle follows the flow of the surfaces which is ideal for machining fillets and 3D surfaces.  The cycle offers the following benefits:
  • Improved surface finish.
  • Helical support to reduce link moves.
  • Multiple face and surface support.
 

3 to 5 Axis Cycle

You can now convert a Profiling to a 5-axis cycle by using the new 3 to 5-Axis Cycle command. The new cycle is available with ballnose tools and
  • Allows you to use shorter tools for improved stability.
  • Protects the shank and holder from collisions.
  • Offers an easy method to create a 5-axis cycle.

Linear Axis Limit Checking

Edgecam will now report when a cycle has exceeded the limits of the machine tool and indicate axis and direction.  This allows you to take corrective action immediately.

  • Improved machine checking.
  • Reduced prove out time.
 

Full Collision Checking in Simulator

Following improvements to collision checking in the last version, Simulator has been further enhanced in Edgecam 2011 R2. You can now check all machine graphics against the stock, fixtures and other parts of the machine.

  • Visual indications of all collisions.
  • Collisions displayed in output window.
  • Offline checking of machine setup allows you to carry out actual setup with confidence and get it ‘right first time’
 

Improved View Management

View management has been enhanced in version 2011 R2. New options to control the views are available in Edgecam and Simulator:

  • Dynamic view rotation.
  • Relative to world co-ordinates, machine co-ordinates or CPL.
  • Dockable window for optimised screen layout.
  • Four ISO views to choose from.
 

Roughing Cycle Toolpath Re-ordering



 

Faster Loading and Picking of Solid Models

The storage of solid models in the Edgecam part file has been improved.

  • Up to 30% faster loading times.
  • Changing between render modes (wireframe, hidden line, solid) up to 10 times faster.
 

Creating Surfaces from Faces

A new Copy from Surface option has been added to the Solids menu ►Geometry command that allows you to create surfaces from the faces of solid models.

  • Useful when working with the 5-axis cycles and operations.
  • Gives you the ability to trim or extend these surfaces to improve or help define a 5-Axis cycle.
 

Improved What's New Documentation

What’s New in Edgecam 2011 R2 is now a single, easy-to-read document in PDF format.
As always, the document highlights new features and enhancements in this release. In addition, the new format offers a number of benefits:

  • Eliminate confusion caused by having two different files with different content.
  • Easier to print part of or the complete document.
  • Improved navigation (table of contents, bookmarks and hyperlinks).


     

 

Edgecam Version 2011 R1

 

Enhanced Collision Detection

The latest release of Edgecam provides complete peace of mind with further collision detection for both milling and turning including:

  • Tool Collisions
  • Holder Collisions
  • Turret/Head Collisions
  • Fixture Collisions
  • Table Collisions

With Edgecam you can have confidence that your toolpaths are collision free using Edgecam's Machine Tool Simulator.

 

Part Modeler

Part Modeler. Edgecam's powerful manufacturing solid modeling solution, has been enhanced to deliver users greater assemblies manipulation.
 

 

Strategy Manager

Strategy Manager, Edgecam's powerful automation tool, now has updated and an increased number of strategies included.
 

 

Edgecam Toolstore

Edgecam 2011 R1 provides users with the most powerful Edgecam Toolstore to date. Enhancements to the toolstore enable users to merge toolstores together retaining tool, material and job information, allowing for transfer of toolstores between departments or even a differnet factory.
 

 

Edgecam Composite Feature

A new composite feature has been introduced in Edgecam 2011 R1, enablling users to collect together their roughing cycles on the same plane to improve toolpath efficiency.
 

 

Roughing Cycle for Milling

The roughing cycle for milling has been improved to provide users significant time savings in toolpath calculation with benchmark tests showing that some users will benefit from a five-fold reduction in calculation time.
 

 

Edgecam Version 2010 R2

 

Background Processing & Multi Threading

Edgecam release 2010 R2 delivers significant productivity improvements through the ability to carry out multiple toolpath calculations in background. Internal testing at Planit software Ltd. has shown that up to 4 times faster toolpath creation can be achieved. Furthermore whilst background processing takes place the user can continue building the instruction sequence in the foreground without restriction.
 

 

Angled Head Support

Full support for angled head tools in the Milling environment is now available.

Extending Edgecam’s already extensive 3, 4 and 5 Axis solutions. This provides additional machining capabilities and combined with enhancements to the Edgecam Tool Store, using these tools is made easy.
 

 

Feature Finder

The feature finder has been enhanced to complement the angled head support, enabling you to identify and machine hole features within components, providing greater flexibility in the way you manufacture components.

An additional enhancement to the feature finder operation is the ability to choose whether you would like to rough and finish features individually or complete the roughing operation for all features and subsequently finish them. This provides the ability to reduce machining times by completing operations in the most efficient way.
 

 

Multi Tool

Utilisation of multi tools dramatically saves time in the machining process, removing the time consuming need to completely change the tool. The latest release of Edgecam provides complete support for multiple tools in a single tool position, such as Sandvik Mini Turrets. With full simulation of multi tools you can be sure their manufacturing will be collision free.
 

 

Hole Feature Finder

The hole feature finder has been enhanced, with the ability to define specific hole attributes that can be named and stored for later use.

Combined with Edgecam’s knowledge based manufacturing solution, Strategy Manager, you can automatically apply specific manufacturing processes where the defined hole feature is present. You can utilise the “feature teacher” to define features that can be machined with special purpose tools or where there is a common hole feature that is typically used across a number of components. Whatever the hole feature, this new enhancement provides significant improvement to hole machining productivity.
 

 

Thread Mill

Edgecam 2010 R2 develops the extensive Thread Mill capabilities into the Mill Turn environment, delivering a greater number of machining capabilities and functionality. In addition, the Thread Mill operation for milling has been enhanced to provider greater ease of use.
 

 

Edgecam Version 2010 R1

 

New Thread Mill Cycle

Utilising Edgecam’s proven helical technology, 2010 R1 introduces a new and more powerful Thread Milling Cycle. The cycle can be used to machine wireframe and solid (associative) geometry, and offers support for helical arcs, canned cycles and integrated cutter radius compensation, as well as simplified lead moves.
 

 

Open Mill Feature

Automatic Feature Recognition has been extended to offer a new Open Mill Feature. The new Feature extends the capability for Solid Machinist users to effortlessly machine flat, open sided features which may contain both tapered walls and fillets.
Moreover, Open Mill Features strengthens Edgecams automation capability by being fully compatible with Strategy Manager.
 

 

Rough Grooving
 

The Rough Grooving cycle has been further enhanced by now offering a new ‘peck across’ option. The new feature is designed to improve material removal rate and prolong tool life, ultimately helping reduce on-going costs of manufacture.
The Castellation option has been enhanced by now offering a variable feedrate option.
The overall cycle time of the Rough Grooving command can now be optimised by using the new ‘Approach’ options.
 

 

Finish Turning

Following developments in Rough Turning in recent releases, the ‘Use Current Stock’ option has been added to the Finish Turn cycle.

The function enables you to automatically restrict the toolpath to only those regions that have stock. This significantly reduces the need for manual intervention and allows a user to develop tool paths more efficiently.
 

 

Machining either side of the Spindle Centreline

2010 R1 has extended support for lathes capable of turning either side of the spindle centreline. As well as automatically creating Turn Features in both the X-ve and X+ve zones, the toolchange command now offers a new ‘Centreline Side’ option.

Having detected spindle direction, Edgecam will automatically choose the correct side of the spindle centreline.
 

 

Plunge Roughing - Now using current stock

The last release of Edgecam saw the introduction of 'In Process' stock in the milling environment, in the Roughing cycle. In Edgecam 2010 R1 this functionality has been extended to the Plunge Roughing cycle.

The remaining stock volume is now automatically detected by the cycle thus promoting a more efficient toolpath and decreasing cycle time.
 

 

Code Wizard

A new template has been added to the code wizard library based on the very popular Siemens 840 Mill. Based on factory proven techniques, the template is supplied complete with configured post processor and allows a user to create a Siemens Control post processor a lot quicker
 

 

Windows 7

Edgecam 2010 R1 has been thoroughly tested for compatibility with Windows 7, the next generation of the Windows operating system.
 

 

New Turning Operations
 

Edgecam 2010 R1 introduces four new turning operations: Rough Grooving, Finish Grooving, Straight Turning and Parting Off.
The operations have a graphical user interface, specifically designed to improve usability. On selecting a modifier, an image or video explains the meaning of this parameter. Embedded help provides instant access to further information without the need to open an additional window.

Furthermore, all Milling and Turning Operations have been enhanced with “Use Current Tool’ option.
 

 

Part Modeler Drawing Enhancements

The new Create Fixture Assembly option in Part Modeler allows you to mark a solid as a fixture. Fixtures can be made up of several different solids and the new option allows you to group individual components into a single fixture.
When dealing with Detail Drawings, Part modeler now offers ‘Detail View’ which provides a scaled up balloon view of a model. The new ‘feature annotation’ command enables users to extract design data from the model and apply them automatically to the drawing.
Dimensioning can now be dynamically created and will also support hidden details.
 

 

Edgecam Version 2009 R2

Flat Face features

Machine new feature type with Face Milling, Flat Land Finishing and Roughing cycles.

Roughing cycle
fixture avoidance automatically recognises and avoids collision against fixtures.

In Process Stock
extended to Roughing cycle in milling. Open Pocket support in Flat Land Finishing cycle.

5-Axis simultaneous machining enhancements, including new ‘Blend Between’ operation, checking of linear axis limits and new direct approach option.

Feature transfer
between spindles – Copy or move features between main and sub-spindle at will. Tapered Threads supported.

New Rough Grooving Strategy
Sequential Castellation offers best tool life and swarf.

New Rough and Finish Turn operations.

Safe Turret Parking
option to return the turret to a safe co-ordinate position and index station prior to sub-spindle docking.

Solid Machinist enhancements
including automatically deleting duplicate features, feature finding all holes, improved feature finding that ignores stock bodies, and cutting angle properties for turn features.

ToolStore enhancements
including support for angled grooving and parting off tools, new Probe tool type, holder-compatible tool selection and F-Distance for Turn and Bore tools.

Safer indexing
Enhancements to existing modifiers and new options improve the safe approach of the tool after an index move.

New Simulator
options for the treatment of waste stock.

 

Edgecam Version 2009 R1

5-Axis nutated head
head/head and head/table configurations supported for multi-plane and 5-axis simultaneous machining.


New Rest Finishing cycle
with support for more tool types, quick selection of previous tool and so on.

New Hole cycle
strategies: Helical and Back Bore.

New Rough Turn cycle
functionality includes enhanced Cut Direction settings, Stock Runout option, Rapids at High Feed Rate and ability to use In Process Stock.
Variable Machining across turn profiles using the Finish Turn cycle

New In Process Stock
(Turning) can be updated to show affects of machining on the stock.

New Groove Features
bring the benefits of feature based turning to grooves.

Enhanced material selection
Option to adjust technology values.

Associative toolchange to ToolStore link.

Spindle speed capping
allows you to set a maximum limit on spindle speeds, imposed within Edgecam.

Enhanced feedrate checking.

Solid Machinist enhancements
including Recycle Bin for features, ability to selectively hide features, non-machinable feature indication and enhanced machining with strategies.

Machining attributes for turn features
(imported from Part Modeler) are used by the Finish Turning cycle to calculate feedrate and constant offset values.

Part Modeler enhancements
including surface attributes, stock property for component.

 

Edgecam Version 12.5 - March 2008

New Rough Turn cycle
offering finish pass cusp removal, variable cut depth to cater for ceramic inserts and/or hard materials and improved reliability for Dynamic Billeting.

5-Axis Machining enhancements
including new Cusp Height and Preferred Rotary Solution options, and support for Granite-based solid models.

New Threading operation
in the turn environment.

New Feature Finder
dialog allows you to find all your required Mill and Turn features more quickly and easily.

Features window
enhanced with List view for quicker and easier working with features.

Enhanced Turn
features (including new Bore type) are easier and more intuitive to machine and offer more automatic machining possibilities, using strategies.

New Group Holes command
collect Hole features into 'identical property' groups.

Automatically Align Solid Body for Turning.

Enhanced sub-spindle transfer
for more control over which features are copied over.

Chuck setup
supported by a new tab in the Machining Sequence dialog.

Strategy Manager enhancements
including Mill/Turn compatibility, new attributes and so on.

ToolStore enhancements
including ability to host SQL ToolStore databases on a server.

Probing cycles introduced
to interface with Renishaw Inspection Plus software on the machine.

Part Modeler enhancements
including custom properties for Hole features and new Face Thread feature.

Edgecam Version 12 - September 2007

Head-Table machines
supported

Windows Vista
supported

ToolStore switched to SQL.

Prismatic Geometry option added to Roughing cycle.

2D Profiling and Roughing Cycle Times Improved.

Profiling cycle - CRC Possible with Solids.

New Hole Cycle and Feature Type made the Default.

Hole Cycle Hole Pattern Improvements.
Allowance for misalignment of rows and columns possible. Improvements to Start Position selection.

Hole Machining Ordering - Closest Next Enhancement.

Pivot About Tool Tip option introduced for Head indexing.

Always Reset Rotary Datum
option introduced to avoid unwinding between Five Axis cycles.

Strategy Manager Enhancements:

  • Sub-Strategy nodes introduced.
  • Global attributes introduced.
  • Strategy Attributes introduced.
  • Convert Legacy Strategy introduced for updating strategies based on the superseded,  Hole feature attributes and cycle.
  • Password protection of strategy editing introduced.
  • Conditional assignment introduced for expressions.

Solid Works 2008 support

Solid Edge 20 support

Option to change the CNC code editor
(that automatically opens when you have 'Open Editor' checked in the Generate CNC dialog) introduced.

Alternate Solution option
introduced for Lathe Index moves

 

Edgecam Version 11.5 - March 2007

Time savings of up to 50%
in the generation of cutter toolpaths.

5-Axis simultaneous machining
expanded to support the programming of machines with standard or complex table/table configurations, for example nutated tables.

New 5-Axis roughing capability
Multiple Pass and Multiple Depth options - applied individually or in conjunction with each other - provide the user with greater flexibility and toolpath control.

New strategy in Rest Finishing cycle
automatically selects the most appropriate toolpath for steep or shallow contours, ensuring optimum surface finish.

Hole machining enhancements
include new Depth type in Hole cycle and new easy-to-use hole operations for milling and turning.

Edgecam Simulator
offers significant improvements to the speed of simulation that are particularly beneficial in the simulation of 5-Axis, surface and helical toolpaths.

Edgecam Solid Machinist enhancements
include support for O-ring grooves and new Hole Feature properties for better definition of hole termination.

Edgecam Part Modeler 
New tabbed interface and customizable menus and toolbars with advanced features such as flyouts and extended tooltips - consistent with Edgecam - make Edgecam Part Modeler intuitive and easy to use, providing a smooth and seamless transition from design to manufacture.

Edgecam Version 11 - October 2006

5-Axis simultaneous machining available in the mill/turn environment. Further 5-Axis enhancements include Round Corners option that enables the user to machine parts containing low curvature regions, and option to check against shank offset.

Hole cycle enhancements include ability to machine radial holes on conical faces, automatic index alignment for hole features and enhanced ordering of rotary holes.

Improved boundary control for milling cycles with ability to offset a boundary by a specified value relative to the tool. Maintains associativity and removes the need to create additional boundaries manually.

Separate boundary option for Rest Roughing allows for the use of different boundaries to contain each rest roughing operation.

Edgecam Solid Machinist enhancements include ability to transform solid body and align it to the current CPL for milling. New Open Pocket feature type brings all the advantages of feature-based machining to open pocket regions.

Edgecam Part Modeler support for STEP files.

New Tool Optimisation option ensures that tool ordering is maintained when merging and rationalising machining sequence.

Edgecam Version 10.75 - May 2006

New Finish Turn cycle
with full support for Wiper inserts. Benefits include variable feeds, speeds and offsets for different elements of the profile; ability to automatically reverse the cut direction to avoid upcut machining; and automatic corner rounding with filleting and chamfering within the cycle.

4-/5-Axis machining enhancements
include option to lock the 5th axis to a specified angle and additional gouge checks (increased from two to four to allow greater control of the toolpath). 4-Axis rotary machining now available in the mill/turn environment.

Milling operations
(Roughing, Face Milling etc) now available in the mill/turn environment, providing fast and easy access to milling functionality.

Clipping toolpaths to depth
removes unwanted toolpath segments to minimize cycle times and increase calculation speed in surface cycles.

Edgecam machine tool simulation
Enhanced to give even better representation of the machining process by allowing the user to specify whether to use a single or multiple light sources. New function to record Simulator sessions as AVIs.

Enhanced feature finding
Additional features for streamlining solids manufacturing. For example, radial holes, defined around a diameter are now found automatically by the feature finder.

Keyless network licensing
removes the need for hardware keys to be installed on the server and offers increased flexibility for network users.

Edgecam Version 10.5 - March 2006

New 4-/5-Axis simultaneous machining capability
includes SWARF cutting for machining variable taper walls, multi-surface finishing with inbuilt collision avoidance, profiling strategies for finishing and de-flashing of plastic moulded components and 4-Axis rotary for the machining of camshafts, blades and rotary dies for example.

New Plunge Roughing cycle
for rapid removal of large amounts of metal.

New Rest Profiling
allows a succession of smaller tools to be applied in profiling cycle for more efficient toolpath generation, avoiding extra work and time caused by leftover material.

Edgecam machine tool simulation
Enhanced to offer 3D graphical representation of the machine tool and fixtures for mills, lathes and mill/turn centres. Aids visualisation of 5-Axis simultaneous machining, where small changes in angular movement may generate dramatic movement of the machine tool giving potential for collisions.

Enhanced usability
Powerful customisation tools help improve workflow by allowing the user to tailor the Edgecam interface. With the new Transfer option in Edgecam 10.5 custom tools, toolbars and menus can be copied and shared between PCs and users for ease-of-use and consistency.

Enhanced feature finding
includes ability to display solid faces according to their degree of slope, automatic selection of multiple faces for Face Feature, new Edge Loop feature and automatic feature recognition of multiple faces.

Edgecam Part Modeler 10.5 enhancements
Create your own graphics, to any level of detail, by representing your machine tool in Edgecam Part Modeler and output the model for use in machine simulation with a mouse click.

Edgecam Version 10 - October 2005

Edgecam machine tool simulation
Full 3D graphical representation of the machine tool and fixtures for lathes and mill/turn centers. Visualization of interaction between the machine tool elements helps to avoid expensive collisions and optimizes the cutting process.

New Parallel Lace operation
Quickly creates an optimized Parallel Lace cycle, helps speed up programming and increases usability.

Profiling cycle enhancements
New options to approach below clearance to avoid unnecessary retract moves and to profile prismatic geometry with more accuracy and less NC code.

Improved Face Milling cycle
includes option to specify the cutting side (and hence direction) of the first cut.

Edgecam Part Modeler 10 enhancements
New user interface with dockable browser and customizable menus/toolbars improves workflow and makes Edgecam Part Modeler more intuitive and easy to use. Improved IGES import with new options to import BREPs and clean and heal surfaces.

Enhanced usability
as file properties are stored with the Edgecam part file. These properties can be displayed or searched for inside Windows ExplorerT, making it easier to organize, find and recognize valuable Edgecam data.

Autodesk Vault integration
Designs and Edgecam part files are stored in a secure centralized location, allowing engineers to easily find and version CAD and CAM data with associativity maintained between the data sets.

Edgecam Version 9.75 - May 2005

Enhanced 3D curve profiling
When profiling 3D curves, multiple passes are now available and the user can also digitize containment boundaries for machining.

Enable/disable undercutting
Previously, undercutting was effectively enabled whenever an undercutting tool type was specified. To reduce processing time, it is now possible to disable the Undercut option.

Enhanced Autodesk Inventor support 
Hole construction methods introduced in Autodesk Inventor at R9 are now fully supported and thread data is imported. When working with assemblies, information such as thread data and coordinate systems are transferred into Edgecam.

Edgecam Part Modeler 9.75 enhancements
New color options to set the color of component features and faces, allowing the user to capture the design intent by allocating different colors.

Code Wizard enhancements
include new adaptive turning template for Index G200 machines, support for multi-level and multi-depth cycle options in Heidenhain Series 200 templates and additional tokens for numeric user variables.

Improved cylindrical stock generation
now produces arc entities that can be used as boundary entities for machining, for example. When generating auto-stock, the fit around the part geometry is more consistent.

Increased usability
through various new options, including ability to disable auto-regeneration for faster processing, more user-friendly specification of part units and output tolerance.

Edgecam Version 9.5 - February 2005

Support for Sandvik Coromant Wiper inserts for turning tools 
Achieve twice the feedrate or twice as good a surface finish.

Undercutting in Profiling cycle
Quick and easy undercut machining (using lollipop or t-slot cutters); useful in areas such as the aerospace and automotive industry.

3D curve support in Profiling cycle
Ideally suited for trimming, de-burring and de-flashing.

New Facemill operation
Building on new dialog format introduced in version 9, new Facemill operation with unique graphical interface helps speed up programming and increases usability.

Autodesk Inventor assembly support
Loads *.iam files directly into Edgecam. Edgecam Solid Machinist respects project paths and sub-assemblies and complies with Autodesk data management rules.

Improved IGES import
New options allow the user to clean and heal surfaces, convert BREP solids into surfaces and load surfaces as Parasolid bodies.

Edgecam Simulator enhancements
Improved collision detection and enhanced display tolerance for more lifelike rendering. Improved STL export optimised for in-process stock.

Edgecam Part Modeler 9.5 enhancements
Mouse controls for zooming, panning and window selection have been aligned with those in Edgecam. User interface changes such as display settings and left-hand browser window provide consistency with Edgecam. Educational and student edition now available.

Improved lathe setup and editing for advanced turning
allows the part to be transferred easily onto a different machine tool.

Updated tutorials and printed "Getting Started" guide
provide a simple and quick introduction to Edgecam.

Edgecam Version 9 - October 2004

New user interface
Up-to-date "XP style" icons and toolbars and new customization features improve workflow and make Edgecam more intuitive and easy to use.

Browser enhancements
Provide easier navigation and editing (features include Autohide function, flagging instructions for which geometry has been deleted and grouping of instructions. )

Edgecam Strategy Manager
Easy to use automated method of creating knowledge based programming, now also available for the machining of pockets.

New Edgecam Solid Machinist for CATIA V5
loads part and assembly files from CATIA V5.

New Edgecam Solid Machinist for ACIS
loads native .sat and .sab files as solids directly into Edgecam.

Edgecam Solid Machinist
Enhanced Feature Finder for 2D, contour and 3D features. Option to specify single, nested or both types of pockets.

Automatic Tool Selector
provides optimum tool selection for feature machining.

Faster Roughing cycle
Adaptive feedrates optimise the toolpath by automatically recalculating feed rates. New Spiral strategy added to Roughing cycle.

Enhanced Profiling cycle
Enhanced cycle offers multi -pass option, additional option of selecting the centre of area for plunge/retract points, lace strategy for shallow areas and flat land detection.

Contact Angles
New option on Constant Cusp and Projection cycles.

Up/Down Milling in Parallel Lace cycle
Controls the cut direction relative to the angle of the surface.

New Operations
New Roughing, Profiling, Flat Land Finishing and Chamfer operations with integrated videos and images provide novice and educational users with simple and quick introduction to Edgecam and increase usability.

New DWG loader
Loads DWG and DXF files from AutoCAD 2004/2005.

Edgecam Part Modeler 
Version 9 now uses the Edgecam security key. Additional threading added to drill hole feature.

Edgecam Version 8.75 - May 2004

Scheduled security key updates via the Internet
Ensures that customers are using the most up-to-date key files.

Interactive web-based support
Allows the customer to enter a Webex sessions that can be used to demonstrate Edgecam or allow the customer to show an issue he has in the software.

Helical arc output in Code Wizard templates
Milling and adaptive turning templates now support the output of helical arcs generated in the Roughing cycle.

Enhanced Create Stock/Fixture command 
Automatically places the geometry onto a Stock or Fixture layer and offers options for setting colour and style. In addition, the modifiers are now modal.

Spindle docking status in Time Line
Improved ease of use through additional display options.

File Preview
Thumbnail images of parts can now be viewed when using the Insert Part and Insert Component commands. In addition, the file preview capability in the File Open dialog has been expanded to include SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Autodesk Inventor part files.

Edgecam Version 8.5 - February 2004

 

New Profiling Cycle 
New cycle for 2D geometry, surfaces and solids, offering integrated cutter compensation, advanced start and end positioning controls, full set of corner rounding strategies, and helical profiling.

Enhanced Roughing Cycle
New option inserts trochoidal moves where required, but only if possible. Adaptive rest roughing allows the user to rest machine any roughing toolpath on the same CPL and pick the toolpath to rest rough directly from the model.

Flat Land Finishing Enhancements
Cycle allows the user to machine open areas from the outer edge inwards and supports rest machining.

Check Surfaces
New option in the Parallel Lace and Profiling cycle identifies surfaces or face features to be excluded from cutting.

Advanced Turning Code Wizard templates
Support for sub-spindle and B axis lathe configurations. New adaptive templates.

Edgecam ToolStore
Less input required within the cycle dialog as cutting parameters relating to a specific tool can be stored with the tool rather than the cycle.

Edgecam Simulator 
Automatically apply user defined display settings. All display settings now modal.

Edgecam Part Modeler 2.5
New version available.

 

Edgecam Version 8 - October 2003

 

Turning
now supports sub-spindle lathes and B axis milling within the turned environment.

Improved Parallel Lace cycle 
New option prevents the tool from rolling over the edge of a pocket or boss.

New time line
Allows the user to easily evaluate toolpaths.

Instruction browser
Improved layout and technology for easier editing of toolpaths.

Edgecam Simulator
Improved control of fixture movement allows for more of the machine tool to be visualised during the simulation.

Edgecam Solid Machinist 
New option to automatically create feature caps.

 

Edgecam Version 7.75 - May 2003

 

Sandvik CoroGuide
Link now provided within Edgecam ToolStore to the Sandvik CoroGuide tooling guide

Edgecam Solid Machinist
Improved feedback of information during model update.

Edgecam Simulator
has been enhanced to support multiple sequences.

 

Edgecam Version 7.5 - January 2003

Improved Parallel Lace cycle
Exclude Flat Areas and Perpendicular Lace options added. Use in conjunction with Flat Land Finishing, released at version 6.75 to provide improved surface finish and reduced cycle time.

Pencil Milling
now offers multiple pass option and supoort for Granite and STL models

Rest Finishing 
New Pencil Trace option to machine a final pass along the centre line of the machined area.

Interface to 3D Motion controllers
Allows user to use both hands to drive the computer, which speeds up the programming process.

File preview
Thumbnail images of part can be viewed within the File Open dialogue and Explorer window to provide easy identification of part.

Feedback window 
Information can now be displayed within a dockable dialogue window and allows the information to be copied and pasted to other dialogues.

Edgecam Strategy Manager 
Now includes template file, print option for strategies and ability to add run-time questions to nodes.

Edgecam Simulator New All metallic display option available.