Surfware Newsletter - December Issue - 2008

SURFCAM, Your Milling Software Solution

This is a call out to the talented and hard-working programmers and Application Engineers who made SURFCAM Velocity 4 possible. Among them are:

Darrin Bryant
Application Engineer Manager

Gagan Arora
Senior Mach. Tech. Lead Engineer

Greg Schils
Senior Application Engineer

Igor Luzanov
Senior Software Engineer

Ismael Guerra
Senior Software Engineer

Jeremiah Millspaugh
Application Engineer

Luiz Souza
Senior Software Engineer

Sashko Kurciski
Product Manager

To these individuals and everyone else who helped with this great software release, thanks for your vision and dedication!

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This Issue

President's Letter
SURFCAM Gallery Contest
   Velocity 4 Tips

A Letter from the President

Many positive things have happened since our last Newsletter in October. First and foremost is the release of SURFCAM Velocity 4. Our resellers are telling us that this is the most exciting new release of SURFCAM in the last ten years, and we think all our customers will have the same reaction. There are numerous new and/or enhanced features in our 3-Axis and 4/5 Axis SURFCAM product. You can find the details on our website, and we encourage you to enroll for the online training that will be available through our site starting in January, or to attend training offered by your reseller.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 7,451,013 to Surfware, Inc. for Engagement Milling, thereby providing legal protection for Surfware's TrueMill® technology, the leader in high-performance milling and machining software.  The patent is the culmination of a great amount of dedicated testing and research by Alan Diehl and Pat Patterson. Filing a patent application is a relatively simple matter, but following it through until it is issued requires a great deal of work and


commitment. This work has been the primary and daily focus of both Alan and Pat for the last five years. I would also like to thank Darrin Bryant, Surfware Application Engineer Manager, for his contribution to TrueMill design concepts.

Surfware continues to research and perform proof of concept development on several more ideas that have been filed as a Continuation in Part (CIP) for the patent. We are committed to the continual improvement of our technology to help enable our customers to become more profitable and competitive.

Looking ahead, our 2009 SURFCAM product roadmap is being carefully designed with input from our customers, our international and domestic dealer network and our outstanding team of experienced programmers and Application Engineers. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us at :

Best wishes,

Stephen a Diehl

SolidWorks World 2009 - Free Passes

If you're in the area, please visit us at SolidWorks World, 2009 in Orlando, Florida from February 8 - 11, 2009 at the Swan & Dolphin Hotel. For a free pass to the exhibition hall, go to the SolidWorks World Registration website site and enter the code below to receive complimentary Exhibit Hall Only registration.

Exhibit Hall Only Registration Code: SWEX09112


Enter your SURFCAM-milled product photos and videos into the SURFCAM Gallery contest! The best images and videos will win! By entering, you are giving us permission to use the photo or video on our SURFCAM Gallery web page, and we will put a link back to your company's website as promotion for your shop!  Check it out at

Each entry should be accompanied by this information:

  • Name of part
  • SURFCAM functionality used
  • Name of your company
  • Material of your part
  • CNC machine used
  • Your company website

Also feel free to include the backstory. What was the challenge you were trying to solve and how did SURFCAM help you solve that challenge?


First prize - 1 Seat of SURFCAM Velocity 3-Axis
Second prize - 1 Seat of SolidWorks PDA
Third prize - Wide-screen portable DVD player

We will announce the winners on February 15th!

SURFCAM Velocity 4 — Tech Tips

By Darrin Bryant & Greg Schils

SURFCAM Velocity 4 features powerful new capabilities. Here are some ideas on how to take a full advantage of this new functionality.

Rest Machining

How can I change cutting styles for rest machining? There are many possible cutting styles for the new HSM 3 Axis Rest Machining. Today we will look at the "Steep Threshold" to see how it affects our tool motion.

1) By changing our "Steep Threshold" to 0 degrees, we can see in the below picture that we are cutting in a stitch type pattern.

steep  threshold  stitching

2) Now we will select 45 degrees. The stitching toolpath is now only in the vertical area while the shallow area is doing a 3D offset style toolpath.

steep  threshold  stitching

3) By changing it to 90 degrees, we now get a 3D Offset style in both the steep and shallow areas of our part.

steep  threshold  stitching

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