Swiss Machining

Easy Programming for Complex Multiple Turret and Multiple Spindle Swiss CNC Machines

Swiss Machining

Easy Programming for Complex Multiple Turret and Multiple Spindle Swiss CNC Machines

Swiss CNC turning centers machine small, complex, and precision parts in a cost-effective way. They feed the material through a guide bushing and cut it with linear or revolver tools, all in one setup. Swiss machines handle multiple operations simultaneously, efficiently automating the entire machining process.

Production runs on Swiss machines are typically high-volume, and the machines are more complex and extremely difficult to program manually. However, high-volume production runs are no longer required to begin considering working on Swiss CNCs. Plus, Swiss-type lathes are evolving in complexity, which requires more advanced programming techniques.

SolidCAM's advanced features deliver best-in-class Swiss machining solutions, enabling offline part programming, optimization, tool-path simulation and verification. Program setup, milling and turning operations on main and back spindles, and synchronize them in the Operations Sequence Manager.

A wide variety of Turning and C-, Y- and B-axis Milling operations, including the patented iMachining, ensure that every part can be optimally machined.

CNC ability, machine kinematics, and know-how are stored in a certified post-processor customized for your needs. SolidCAM supports all common Swiss CNC machine and controller brands on the market – there are no limits on the number of axes or channels.

ToolKit – Limitless Tool Manager

SolidCAM provides the best tool manager in the CAM industry! Toolkit allows you to load, assemble and manage your Tools and cutting conditions. It also guarantees a fast tool configuration switch, supported by a virtual machine environment (Machine Preview), and user-friendly interface that eliminates errors in tool setup.

Any tool components, including small and custom shaped inserts, can be directly imported as CAD data from the tool manufacturer's online catalog. The ToolKit supports any type of Face, Axial, Angular, and Multi-Cutter holders.

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Program. Simulate. Manufacture!

The endless capabilities in Milling and Turning

Milling and Turning operations give complete control over the X-axis output (positive or negative), avoiding potential collisions of neighbor tools, with CNC machine components.

Polar Coordinate Interpolations cycles (radial or face) are fully supported.

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Machine Control Operation: MCO

With MCOs you can define machine actions that are not tool-path oriented (e.g. turrets and spindles movements, open/close chucks, coolants, etc.).

Swiss CNC post-processors are equipped with already-prepared standard MCO cycles, that saves time for your part programming. Cycles consist of parameters that require minimum user input, for making necessary machine actions. With the MCOs you can program:

  • Bar safety retract
  • Bar pre-position for cut-off
  • Change tool
  • Part Pick-Up with Back Spindle
  • Perform re-clamp for long part machining
  • Program bar feeder
  • Control coolants
  • Part ejects
  • Axes, spindle and phase synchronization
  • Output any G/M command
  • Any custom action

Machine Simulation

Simulate and visually prove out the tool-path in SolidCAM's Machine Simulation before actually machining. This Software provides full collision detection between machine components, workpieces, fixtures, tools, and holders.

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Synchronize. Optimize. Maximize Productivity.

SolidCAM's easy-to-use Channel Synchronization Manager guides you through the order of operations, shows clashes and assist you to avoid them. It is perfect for synchronizing and optimizing all your machining processes for maximum production output. SolidCAM can control unlimited number of channels, exchange axes within channels, supports machining patterns and cutting modes.

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The Channel Synchronization's clash avoidance feature disables the generation of G-code or simulation if there is any clash issue in the defined synchronization. If the feature is active, it will mark operations that require an action, guiding you with pointed arrows and helpful comments. The system knows the controller logic and checks the possibilities of the synchronization, taking into account the machine kinematics, axes sharing, and synchronization wait-marks rules.

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SolidCAM supports three different superimposition modes. Axes can be superimposed onto other axes, where the slave axis follows the master axis.

For applicable Swiss CNC machines, SolidCAM will automatically detect this mode.

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Reduce machining time and stablize the part machining by using Sharing Axes and Drive Unit features. Synchronize two turning operations on different turrets at the same time, and under specific conditions, turning at the same spindle, or synchronize two milling operations on different turrets, using the same rotary axis.

Speed Up Your Complex CNC Machines