Edgecam Features and Benefits
Multi task machining
The use of tail stocks, steady rests, sub spindles, twin turrets along with C Axis, CY Axis and B Axis are regular features on today’s Multi-Task machine tools. In this collision rich environment, the programming of these machines is made simple and safe utilising EDGECAM’s turning and milling combinations in a single environment. With the addition of 4 and 5 axis simultaneous milling, the simulation of these machine tools is made even easier.
4/5 axis simultaneous
Mill Turn machines have many uses and allow much more flexibility and capabilities not offered from other machine configurations. EDGECAM uses the latest cutting technologies and machine cycles and with this offers 4/5 Axis simultaneous milling options
Mill/Turn simulationEDGECAM offers a full kinematic simulation package. All the cycles and movements are supported along with the full graphics of the machine, tails stocks and steadies allowing the programmer to visually simulate the machine motion and avoid collisions as they program. Looking for a complete digital twin? EDGECAM offers complete integration with NCSIMUL for true 1:1 G-Code verification.
B axis head support
In a Mill Turn environment EDGECAM fully supports the use of B Axis head work whether working on single spindle or sub-spindle machines.
Upper/Lower turret 4 axis turning
The Four Axis turning option in EDGECAM allows major
advantages and functionality which is not always easily achieved at the machine control. EDGECAM programming
techniques allow you to use more than one turret at the
same time in the mill turn programming environment. This
means you can use two fixed cutting tools in the same
cycle by using a number of Four Axis commands from the
EDGECAM supports the use of Upper and Lower Turret configurations and will support simulation of these.
Intelligent machining from native CAD dataEDGECAM Milling provides functionality to program wire frame geometry or solid model component parts on a variety of machine tool configurations, from 2.5 axis milling to complex surface tool paths on 3 to 5 axis milling machines.
It seamlessly integrates 4 and 5 axis simultaneous machining within its milling and mill / turn environment to allow a range of multiaxis cutting strategies to be applied to the most complex tooling or components.
EDGECAM offers ease of use operational programming with intuitive dialogs making programming simple for the new user and comprehensive tool path control for the more advanced requirements. EDGECAM offers a range of milling commands for the production engineer which can be used on both milling machines with W axis and Quills plus lathes with driven tools.
EDGECAM’s 3D capability offers a complete solution for generating high quality, gouge protected toolpaths that meet
the demands of manufacturers tasked with the programming and machining of complex parts and free form shapes.
With an extensive suite of advanced 3D cycles that are ideally suited for rapidly generating toolpaths for all surface and solids machining needs, EDGECAMs advanced machining cycles bring optimised toolpath control, reduced cycle times and an overall higher level of machining efficiency.
Unlike many CAM systems, EDGECAM is ‘CAD neutral’, so whatever CAD system you use, interoperability between CAD and CAM is seamless, with no data translation. This means that you machine exactly what the designer intended and toolpaths remain associative to the master model.
EDGECAM can directly load: Autodesk Inventor®, Solid Edge®, SolidWorks®, Pro/ENGINEER®, Pro/DESKTOP® Unigraphics files up to and including NX5, and CATIA V5. EDGECAM also accepts files in the following independent formats: IGES, DXF, VDA, Parasolid®, STEP AP203 and AP214 files and ACIS.
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