SHEFFIELD, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 29, 2003--MachineWorks
Ltd, the world's leading developer of NC simulation and verification
solutions, announced it is launching the major new release of its
leading MachineWorks technology at DMS 2003 in Tokyo, Japan. (June
25-27, 2003. Booth 15-26).
V6.0 MachineWorks technology builds on the success of previous
releases by adding significant new functionality to a number of key
areas. Foremost amongst these are its increasingly important Full
Machine Modeling (FMM) capabilities, featuring clash detection between
all moving solids in the machining environment.
Ed Hall, Marketing Manager for MachineWorks Ltd said,
"MachineWorks v6.0 is a landmark release for us. We are confident it
will significantly add value to our Partners' solutions."
Reaction to the release from MachineWorks' Partners has been very
The Programmers of CNC Software Inc. commented, "MachineWorks 6.0
has all of the tools we requested and more, it's just like getting an
early Christmas present. It will save months of development time."
David Plater, Software Development Director of Pathtrace
Engineering Systems said, "The support for Assemblies and Kinematics
functionality in MachineWorks v6 has proved invaluable in allowing
EdgeCAM to simulate advanced machine configurations for milling and
And Chuck Mathews, DP Technology Vice President noted,
"MachineWorks v6 will enable us to build on the versatility of ESPRIT
by simulating evermore complex machining environments with True Solid
accuracy and flexibility."
Enhancements to the Core Machining Package include the following:
-- In-built STL file analysis and verification
Now incorporates a facility to check the accuracy of the CAD data
input, automatically fixing certain problems and identifying others.
The facility also ensures that MachineWorks solids are accurately
generated in the single precision STL file format.
-- Soft clash detection
This allows the user to detect 'near misses' to a pre-defined
tolerance, not just actual clashes.
-- Hybrid technology management
Efficient switching enables the optimum technology to be used for
any given machining requirement. The information generated can then be
exported into another MachineWorks engine for the next stage of
-- Simulations can now be saved 'mid-session' in all engines
Any simulation can now be halted at anytime and restored at a
later date without any loss of geometric data: a feature especially
useful for long tool paths.
-- Rendering for the main Visicut engine now 50% faster
By taking advantage of OpenGL hardware acceleration, the Visicut
geometric engine has tabled some dramatic performance gains.
-- Turret indexing for turning
The breadth of MachineWorks machining functionality has been
increased by now simulating B-axis turning.
-- More 'complex' tools and tool holders can be modeled in the
This enables MachineWorks technology to simulate more machining
Enhancements to the Die/Mold Machining Module include the
Numerous wide-ranging improvements have been made to the patented
Multicut engine, including quicker rendering performance.
Enhancements to the Multi-Axis Simulation Module include the
A particular achievement of v6.0, the following three advancements
together represent the cornerstone of all complex full machine
-- Clash detection between all solids
Whether moving or static, a tool, holder, fixture or stock,
clashes between all solids in the machining environment are now
-- Defining complex assemblies
This enables any combination of multiple tools, tool holders and
fixtures to be identified as a single object and moved accordingly.
-- Synchronisation of movements including full implementation of
Synchronous co-ordination of all the solids in the machining
environment eliminates the possibility of costly clashes by providing
a fully accurate simulation.
About MachineWorks technology
MachineWorks technology is the leading CNC simulation and
verification toolkit for manufacturing software developers. It
combines unparalleled speed and accuracy with industrial-strength
True Solid MachineWorks technology is now used in the majority of
the World's premier CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) systems.
By integrating MachineWorks directly into their applications,
developers shorten their R&D cycle, and get to market faster with a
better solution: one that their customers can subsequently rely on to
increase productivity and guarantee the quality of their manufacturing
About NC Verify
Based on MachineWorks technology core geometry, NC Verify is an
application used by OEMs as a plug-in with their solutions, and by CNC
Programmers to simulate and verify their toolpaths.
About MachineWorks Ltd
MachineWorks Ltd is the world's leading developer of NC simulation
and verification solutions. Formerly a division within LightWork
Design Ltd, the market leader in computer graphics software for
rendering, the company has developed NC simulation/verification
technology to the benefit of their Partners since 1994.
Further company and product information can be found at
MachineWorks and NC Verify are trademarks of MachineWorks Ltd. All
other brand or product names are trademarks of their respective
owners. Multicut is protected by United Kingdom patent GB2,346,222 and
US patent application serial number 09/490,222
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