ModuleWorks gear machining on Okuma CNC machines
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ModuleWorks gear machining on Okuma CNC machines


Sep 29, 2016 -- Okuma uses the ModuleWorks multi-axis core technology to provide state-of-the-art toolpath generation and verification for bevel gear machining.

ModuleWorks software components are designed for generic surface based cycles and maximum programming flexibility, which enables Okuma to deliver a high-precision bevel gear solution without the need for specialized CNC machines or dedicated CAM solutions.

The ModuleWorks core technology supports all prevalent tools and holders and provides output for all machine types – Table/Table, Table/Head, Head/Head. The flexible core components provide 3-to 5-Axis toolpath conversion, 4-Axis rotary machining and machining direction for 3+2 Axis machining. Advanced multi-pass and adaptive roughing strategies with automatic collision avoidance as well as automated finishing strategies such as SWARF machining and geodesic machining for diverse complex parts are also part of the multi-axis core components.

Because the ModuleWorks software components are a proven core technology with generic application, they accelerate the development and deployment of specialist CAM applications like bevel gear machining.

As Sebastian Viebach, Application Engineer at OKUMA Europe explains: “The ModuleWorks core components offer the flexibility and range of options that make it fast and easy to setup and optimize processes, even complex niche applications on our wide range of machines.”

“We are very pleased with this project that boosts the performance, quality and cost-efficiency of bevel gear machining”, says Heiko Weber, Product Manager for ModuleWorks 5-Axis. “It confirms the growing demand for ModuleWorks technology as the solution of choice in more and more application areas.”

About Okuma

Okuma Europe GmbH is the Germany-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, spindle and CNC control all manufactured by Okuma. Okuma’s innovative and reliable technology, paired with comprehensive, localised service protection, allows users to run continuously with confidence – maximising profitability. Along with its industry-leading distribution network, Okuma facilitates quality, productivity and efficiency, empowering the customer and enabling competitive advantage in today’s demanding manufacturing environment. For more information, visit

About ModuleWorks

ModuleWorks is a software component provider for the CAD/CAM industry. ModuleWorks’ expertise in toolpath creation and simulation is recognized throughout the CAM industry and its software components and development services are used by the majority of the leading CAM vendors for sophisticated industry focused solutions across diverse business sectors. Recent developments have seen this technology applied to bevel gear machining, bringing the benefits to a new set of end users. ModuleWorks 5-Axis and Simulation software has been used in the manufacture of complex parts for over a decade and they have many users across the global CAD/CAM industry.