Version 2013.08 of ModuleWorks’ CAM components for five-axis machining and CNC simulation features a new caching mechanism for five-axis toolpath generation designed to provide faster regeneration when parameters are changed. Time-consuming intermediate steps of the calculation are cached, and those that are applicable are re-used when re-calculating the tool path.
Additional toolpath extension options for swarf machining also have been added to enable the overcutting of tilted edges. Multiblade has additional lead-in/out options to allow arc motion on the approach and retract for each pass. A new extrude machining toolpath strategy also has been added, featuring automatic tilting and collision control, and optimized for large stone-cutting tools.
The software also offers a new proximity alert function by which alerts may be triggered at different points as the tool moves closer to the stock. These alerts can be set up individually for the holder, arbor and shaft parts of the tool, giving users and integrators increased control. Additional control options also have been added to the compare functionality for showing and measuring gouges and excess material.