PartMaker Version 8.6 features a number of productivity enhancing improvements including improved solids-based programming, tool selection, surface machining and simulation
July 9, 2008 -- Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a subsidiary of Delcam Plc, has announced it is now shipping Version 8.6 of its PartMaker® CAD/CAM software for CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDM, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes. PartMaker Version 8.6 features a variety of new functionality and enhanced capability all designed to make PartMaker users more productive across every PartMaker application. The focus of this release is an improvement in Solids-based programming with the introduction of Face Planes and improved sectioning techniques. Other improvements in PartMaker Version 8.6 include enhancements to the software’s Surface Machining Wizard module, improvements in tool selection, enhanced control over grooving tools and a number of improvements in the software’s Full Machine Simulation module.
“PartMaker Version 8.6 represents another value added release for PartMaker users across all of our applications modules,” according to Hanan Fishman, the company’s President. “The introduction of the concept of Face Planes, among other enhancements, makes the programming of parts requiring multi-axis programming techniques more productive than ever before.”
PartMaker Version 8.6 marks the introduction of the concept of Face Planes. When programming a part from an imported Solid Model, a Face Plane indicates very clearly the plane in which machining is occurring.
Face Planes simplify the programming of parts with multiple faces when a solid model is available and improve visualization of the areas that need to be machined on a model. They allow for definition of multiple coordinate systems in PartMaker Mill which allows you to perform surface machining across multiple parts or on multiple sides of the same part. Face planes also gives you the ability to quickly set a view normal (perpendicular) to the Face Plane.
For Cylindrical Surfaces, a Face Plane can be displayed “wrapped” or “unwrapped”. Face Planes allows you to specify the transfer of just slots and holes for indexing or unwrapped geometry for cylindrical milling.
In Version 8.6, a Sectional Plane is displayed on the Solid Model. Sectioning plane can be interactively repositioned or rotated. You have the ability to choose either side of the solid on a sectioning plane to remove during sectioning using “Reverse Direction” parameter.
Improvements to Surface Machining (SMW)
The Surface Machining Wizard (SMW) modules in Version 8.6 has improved machining strategies by adding axial step to finishing and projection strategies, giving you effectively 9 more roughing strategies and more control in finishing operation. The ability to follow stock shape if needed has been added. Additionally, 3D milling can now be performed in multiple coordinate systems on mills, ideal for 3D milling applications on horizontal machining centers.
Version 8.6 supports the simulation of inclined turning tools used on lathes equipped with “B-axis” heads. It also supports the simulation of mini-turrets, which must be tipped on angle when used in practice.
This release also has a number of enhancements to grooving, including the ability to support inclined grooving. Version 8.6 also offers better control of tool retraction for grooving by letting you indicate the retract distance for a peck grooving operation.
Improved Tool Selection.
In Version 8.6, you can now automatically select either a Turning, Grooving or Threading tool in any Turning Profile machining strategy, i.e. Turning, Contouring, Grooving, Threading or Cut-Off. In the past, when choosing to perform Turning with a Grooving tool, for example, you had indicated the Tool ID of the tool being used if it was not of type Turn. Now, you can select a Grooving tool to turn directly from the Profile Group Parameters dialog via the Select Tool Dialog.
Full Machine Simulation Improvements
The Full Machine Simulation Module (FMS) in Version 8.6 has a number of improvements, including the ability to support even more complicated machine architectures. It also allows you to display edges on the each solid components, to give the FMS an added degree of realism. The library of FMS kits has also greatly expanded, so please contact PartMaker to see if we have an FMS kits for you machine.
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PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.
PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.
PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam Plc, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions. Delcam Plc is publicly traded on the AIM exchange in London. While PartMaker is sold direct in North America by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.
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