Press Release Summary:
Designed to operate in SolidWorks, CAMWorksÂ® 2011 includes VoluMillÂ® toolpath plug-in engine for high-speed milling for 2.5 and 3 axis roughing operations. Feature Recognition automatically identifies areas to be machined, while Technology Database stores and applies knowledge-based machining information, facilitating creation of best machining practices. For mold and die industry, ElectrodeWorks(TM) electrode design solution automates all aspects of calculation and design of EDM electrodes.
Original Press Release:
Geometric launches CAMWorks® 2011
New release features improved performance and user-oriented friendliness.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Geometric Technologies, Inc., (www.geometricglobal.com), a subsidiary of Geometric Limited and developer of advanced manufacturing software has announced the release of CAMWorks® 2011, (www.camworks.com), the latest version of its solid-based CNC programming solution.
CAMWorks 2011 is intended to be a more focused upgrade in the CAMWorks line and provide significant new capabilities including enhanced automation, improved knowledge-based machining information, smarter tool paths, and more.
CAMWorks 2011 introduces VoluMill® the ultra high-performance toolpath plug-in engine for high speed milling for 2 .5 axis and 3 axis roughing operations. It is ideal for prismatic parts and complex 3-D shapes as its algorithms result in more intelligent toolpaths to machine pockets, slots, and arbitrary shapes. It can be used with any material, including the hardest metals. The result is increased efficiency and utilization of machines, tools, labor and materials.
For the mold and die industry, Geometric has introduced an optional electrode design solution labeled ElectrodeWorks(TM) that automates all aspects of the calculation and design of EDM electrodes including design, management, documentation and manufacturing. Its seamless integration with SolidWorks/CAMWorksSolids assures complete parametric association of data.
Feature Recognition, which is used to automatically identify areas to be machined, has been upgraded to find more features, while decreasing computation times by more than 50% over previous CAMWorks versions. As part models become increasingly complex, recognizing more features in less time represents huge time savings for the NC programmer. The proprietary Technology Database (TechDB(TM)) that is used to store and apply knowledge based machining information, has been enhanced to simplify the process of creating best machining practices. The improved interaction will result in greater use of the knowledge-based machining capabilities of CAMWorks, and will reduce potential errors in machining information.
Additional enhancements with CAMWorks 2011 include improved performance and enhanced feature recognition of slot features with fillet and taper as well as slots with islands. Users can now define customized turn inserts when it is not possible to completely machine a turn part using a standard turn insert line diamond, square, etc. Such custom turn inserts can be defined for inner as well as outer diameter. And while earlier versions of CAMWorks did not provide flexibility to define work-in-process for turning operations, CAMWorks 2011 provides the user with the option to define the operation to be considered as the work-in-process within the entire operation.
CAMWorks® was the first Gold Partner CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) solution designed exclusively to operate in SolidWorks. CAMWorks can run within SolidWorks, or as part of a cost‐effective CAD/CAM package, that includes CAMWorks Solids, an integrated solid modeler.
Geometric is a specialist in the domain of engineering solutions, services and technologies. Its portfolio of Global Engineering services and Digital Technology solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enables companies to formulate, implement, and execute global engineering and manufacturing strategies aimed at achieving greater efficiencies in the product realization lifecycle.
Geometric products include CAMWorks®, eDrawings® Publisher, DFMPro, GeomCaliper® and 3DPaintBrush(TM). The key technologies from Geometric are NestLib®, Feature Recognition (FR), GeomDiff and 3DSearchIT®. Geometric licenses these technologies to OEM partners and also designs and implements customized process solutions using these technologies for industrial customers.
For more information on CAMWorks and Geometric Technologies, visit www.camworks.com or call 480.367.0132.
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