Version Upgrade Information

New functions upgraded in CAM-TOOL Version 5

- Themes of Version-up -
Be widely-applied for large parts machining....

3D CAM function
3D Offset Cutting - New cutting mode
This cutting mode uses polygon calculation method for finishing, and generates toolpath along the surface on the model shape at even steps.
    The features of 3D Offset Cutting: - Creates toolpaths with 3D constant step over.
    - Possible to divide the machining area by intermediate guide curve.
    - Possible to change the traveling direction at the edge of surface.
    It is effective for large parts press machining like a Door trim.
"Create guide curve" command has been added to support 3D Offset Cutting.

Z-level Finishing (Polygon) - New cutting mode
This cutting mode uses polygon calculation method. Its toolpaths is Z-level cutting on the model shape. It can creates additional toolpaths for the gentle slope which has wide interval.
    The features of Z-level Finishing (Polygon):
    - High speed calculation
    - Efficient connecting move reduces machining time.
    (Ex. Connecting to the nearest area, Connecting move by 3D curve, etc)
The result of our tests, new cutting mode reduces the machining time by 30% in comparison to Z-level Finishing.
Scanning-line Area / Flat Part Circumference (Keep edge)
Scanning-line Area and Flat Part Circumference has created wasted toolpaths at the edge. Furthermore, it makes the edge rotund. We have developed the gKeep edgeh function. It enables to eliminate the toolpaths without dummy surfaces.
Z-level Roughing/Re-machining w/ Multi-Tools (Unique stock model shape)
It becomes to be able to specify not only a rectangular shape but the other shape as a work whatever we want. In previous version, it is necessary to use optimization when we create roughing paths for an unique work. But, if we use gDelete air-cuth in optimization, toolpaths have many retracts.
In this version, we can create toolpaths more efficiently than usual because this function provides toolpaths fitting an unique model shape.
Re-machining (Edit ridge line)
It's possible to edit toolpath based on the ridge line that is created in calculation of Re-machining. On CAM-TOOL window, we edit and change the ridge line, after that, we re-calculate toolpaths. This function helps user to create toolpath for various cases of rest machining, for example, repairing incorrect toolpath because of discontinuous ridge line, deleting small or incorrect toolpath.

Simultaneous 5Axis
Simultaneous 5Axis (Swarf Cutting / Z-level Undercut Finishing)
Add special cutting modes to be widely-applied for simultaneous 5-axis machining.
  • Swarf Cutting
    Machines by a side of cutter along wall. It is possible to machine the stock step by step in both direction step-over and step-down.

  • Z-level Undercut Finishing
    Generates tool paths for undercut shapes.

2.5D CAM function
2.5S: All Cutting modes (Interference check with surface)
Interference check function with surfaces is added. In previous version, system calculates toolpath with checking only 2D structures.
So, there was a possibility that human error happened in setting 2D structures and caused collision.
In the new version, warning message outputs when there is a collision. It's possible to check the coordinate of collision point on "Show Calculation Error" window.

Other function
Import STL file
"Point group data by reverse engineering" or "Stock model shape by the other system" have been saved as a STL file.
In CAM-TOOL, STL file is handled as a Polygon entity, and we can use it for CAM operation. 11 Cutting modes are supported for STL file. We can set Polygon entity and Surface entity all together to machine.
CL Editor and Simultaneous 5Axis Editor also can import the STL file. So, we can use it with "Modify Approach", "Change Approach Position" and "5Axis Conversion" as a interference check shape.