SolidCAM 2010 Service Pack 1 released


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..simultaneous 5-axis Machining module has been significantly enhanced in SolidCAM 2010

SolidCAM, the leaders in Integrated CAM, announced the release of SP1 of SolidCAM 2010. SolidCAM 2010 provides manufacturing customers with a full and powerful suite of CAM software modules for 2.5D and 3D Milling, High-Speed Machining, Multi-sided Indexial 4/5 axes Milling, Simultaneous 5 axes Milling, Turn-Mill up to 7-axes and WireEDM. SolidCAM 2010 is seamlessly integrated in SolidWorks 2010 and SolidWorks 2011.

A SolidWorks Gold partner for nearly a decade, SolidCAM has been providing the highest level of SolidWorks integration, with seamless single-window integration and full associativity to the SolidWorks design model. All machining operations are defined, calculated and verified in the SolidWorks CAD environment. All geometries used for machining are fully associative with the SolidWorks model - when the geometry of the design is modified, SolidCAM automatically synchronizes all machining operations with the updated geometry, thus ensuring the automatic update of tool paths for CAD revisions.

The tight associativity of SolidCAM and SolidWorks enables the automation of the whole design to manufacturing process. Many companies, that are involved both with design and manufacturing, often have only a few product lines - but with many variations and combinations. SolidCAM’s full associativity leverages SolidWorks configuration management to automatically update the CNC tool paths for the different product variations. SolidCAM thus powers up SolidWorks into the best integrated CAD/CAM solution.

SolidCAM templates, which are being used extensively to automate repetitive CAM programming tasks, are enhanced in the new version. A common geometry for all templates can now be defined and templates can be filtered according to attributes, enabling the user to classify the templates according to operation type.

SolidCAM´s tool table includes now default management for tool feeds and spindle speeds, for different materials and different CNC machines. This enables the manufacturing facility to customize SolidCAM’s tool feeds and spindle speeds for its specific environment.

Important enhancements were introduced in the geometry definition and Drill recognition capabilities. The High-Speed Machining (HSM) module has been further expanded by a new combined strategy for Constant Z and 3D Corner Offset Machining.

The simultaneous 5-axis Machining module has been significantly enhanced in SolidCAM 2010. Besides new sub-operations for Electrode, Cavity, Turbine blade, 4x projection and 3 axis to 5 axis conversion, the new version features an automated 5-axis Drill operation that accelerates the drilling of “Swiss cheese” type of parts. Part makers, who have to drill hundreds of holes from various directions, will benefit significantly by this new feature.

Due to the increasing usage of Multi-tasking CNC machine tools, SolidCAM 2010 has also enhanced considerably the simulation for such kind of machines. SolidCAM 2010 provides a much more detailed simulation of complex Mill-Turn operations, with multiple-turrets and spindles, including collision checking for the tool holders and turning tools, in drum turret and B-axes machines. The post processor development for multi-axes machines has also been significantly simplified.

SolidCAM 2010 supports 64 Bit computing, enabling SolidCAM users to benefit from the large amount of memory available in computers today. The calculation and simulation of large parts is now accelerated using the 64-bit capability.  

Optimized for Windows 7, powered with full 64-bit functionality, multi-core calculation, new Open-GL graphics, this release is a great achievment. With the powerful new features of SolidCAM 2010, we recommend that every SolidCAM customer be sure to be on valid subscription in order to benefit from the advantages of this latest SolidCAM release.

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