MachineWorks ' New Approach to 5-Axis CNC Simulation


MachineWorks ' New Approach to 5-Axis CNC Simulation

Customers always ask for faster performance but they mean, of course, faster performance without compromising on accuracy or stability.

Over the years MachineWorks has been creating alternative ways of delivering better results, for example by combining the  strengths of its geometric engines or by taking advantage of computer hardware developments, such as multi-core processors through multithreading.  The reduction in usage of memory and continuous optimisation have given MachineWorks a cutting edge and have contributed to MachineWorks’ customers staying ahead of competition.

Meanwhile, MachineWorks' developers in the R&D department were set the challenge of looking into 5-axis simulation, analysing every technique we knew and then coming up with a solution from a completely different perspective, thinking outside the box.

After years of developing and testing possible solutions, MachineWorks has produced a revolutionary new algorithm for 5-axis swept volume generation, which has advanced MachineWorks technology to a new height.

Some of the improvements that customers will be able to benefit from are,  for example, fixing the dome effect created by conventional simulation approaches, giving  better performance and better accuracy.

When milling an impeller, scalloping can occur which constitutes another major issue with the accuracy of the surfaces. The new algorithm tackles this problem effectively because of its capability to achieve much more accurate 5-axis swept volumes.

The new 5-axis swept volume method allows more flexible quality optimisation, which further enhances the finishing surface accuracy and performance in terms CPU time and number of faces of the stock after simulation.

Dr Fenqiang Lin, CTO of MachineWorks says, "A dedicated  team of developers invested several years creating a more efficient method that would resolve satisfactorily the most common 5-axis simulation challenges. We are pleased to announce today that the fruits of our research will be included in the up-coming release".

About MachineWorks Ltd

MachineWorks Software sets the standard for CNC simulation and verification component software in the industry. More than 60% of CAM developers in the world have integrated MachineWorks technology into their applications and benefited from MachineWorks’ cutting-edge functionality since 1994. MachineWorks’ toolkit has been integrated by software and hardware OEMs looking for a solution in simulation of material removal and clash and gouge detection of any type of CNC machining. MachineWorks’ core technology combines speed, accuracy and stability. It is ideally suited for anti-crash systems, complex machining and full machine simulation.

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