SURFCAM Promotes Latest Release at WESTEC 2004

SURFCAM Promotes Latest Release at WESTEC 2004

(Westlake Village, California, USA, January 27, 2004) Surfware, Inc., maker of SURFCAM CAD/CAM Systems, will be demonstrating the latest release of their manufacturing software at WESTEC 2004. WESTEC will be held March 22-25, 2004 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Visitors to the SURFCAM booth, number 3368, will get a closer look at SURFCAM 2003, featuring:

Full Associativity
Surfware now offers associativity throughout their manufacturing software. This includes their 2 through 5-axis machining, turning and wire EDM products. Machining parameters are associative to the geometry. When any changes are made to the geometry, tool or cut information the system can easily and efficiently regenerate the toolpath. SURFCAM's associativity extends throughout the system, even to its advanced hole processing technology. The comparatively simple task of moving hole geometry after the system has created toolpath for it is made even easier as SURFCAM allows the user to regenerate the toolpath at the hole's new location. SURFCAM is also associative to solid models imported from SURFCAM Solids or Solidworks. The system recognizes changes made to the solid model, automatically alerts the user that the model has changed and provides regeneration options.

Advanced Finishing
SURFCAM 3D Offset Finishing calculates the toolpath motion based on the part’s surface, conforming the tool passes parallel to the part, creating more uniform toolpath. This results in a constant cusp height and smoother finish across the entire model that requires less polishing. This process also reduces overall cycle time since the cutter chip loads are consistent and therefore the speeds and feeds can be greatly increased.
Flat Surface Finishing automatically identifies the flat surfaces within a model and generates toolpath that completely removes any cusps remaining from a previous finishing operation. This significantly reduces or can even eliminate the need to hand-polish these areas.

Faster Programming and Processing
SURFCAM’s chamfer-milling is a dedicated operation and user-interface that utilizes specific chamfer tools for generating toolpath to break the sharp outside-edges of a model after it has been completely machined. High precision, production-style parts often call for an edge break within a tolerance. Trying to achieve this manually reduces control over consistency and quality. Having a dedicated operation for this reduces programming time and creates more efficient toolpaths for the cutter type.
SURFCAM's O-Ring Groove Milling is a dedicated operation designed to machine O-ring grooves that lie on a face of a part. SURFCAM now generates tool paths to mill O-ring grooves quickly and easily, with minimal user interaction.

Step Reduction Milling
Also included in the latest release of SURFCAM is Surfware’s patent pending technology, Step Reduction Milling.
SRM is a programming procedure that creates one NC-program to run a set of tools as one set-up process. SRM reduces rough machining time up to 50% or more and programming time up to 90%. This new technology represents a major breakthrough in the rough milling of complex multiple surfaces by automatically synchronizing the depths-of-cut for each tool used, such that each tool is running at its optimum material-removal parameters with the largest possible tool. CIMdata. Inc., an independent industrial research and analysis service, commented on the new technology, “CIMdata believes that this function provides Surfware with leading edge technology in this important segment of machining that will bring significant benefits to users.”

About Surfware, Inc.
Surfware, Inc. is the manufacturer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM software, built for the Microsoft Windows operating system environment. SURFCAM makes easy CNC programming of 2-, 3-, 4, and 5-axis mills, lathes, wire EDM, laser, plasma, and water-jet machines a reality. Machinists, designers and engineers worldwide use it for 2D and 3D mechanical design, surface modeling, solid modeling, reverse engineering, prototyping, mold-making, pattern-making and production machining. For more information, contact us at:, email: Email Contact, telephone: 800.SURFWARE (North America) or +1.818.991.1960 (worldwide), fax: +1.818.991.1980 (worldwide).

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