September 12, 2005
MecSoft Releases RhinoCAM Pro CAD/CAM Package For Rhino
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MecSoft Corp., the maker of VisualMill, a standalone CAM application, is now releasing a professional CAD/CAM software package called RhinoCAM Pro, working in partnership with Robert McNeel & Associates (RMA). RMA's NURBS-based CAD product, Rhinoceros, along with MecSoft bring to the market CAD/CAM integration in this product.
This powerful package is ideal for mold, tooling & die, wood working rapid-prototyping and general machining markets. This product packs powerful toolpath generation strategies coupled with tools for efficiently controlling the cutting tool for detailed machining capabilities, while not sacrificing ease of use. Powered by the VisualMill 5.0 CAM engine, it offers all basic CAM functionality as well as additional features suitable for demanding users with sophisticated manufacturing needs.
"RhinoCAM Pro is an exciting new product that represents a new breed of CAD/CAM best of class solutions." said Joe Anand, President of MecSoft. "RhinoCAM Pro is a result of strong customer demand for additional machining functionality, following our highly successful release of the RhinoCAM Basic product. Powered by VisualMill, RhinoCAM Pro seamlessly leverages the power of Rhino's CAD functionality to offer a powerful and complete solution. Due to the richness of its feature set, most shops will find RhinoCAM Pro as a one-stop solution for all their CAD/CAM needs. MecSoft is proud to introduce this product to the market place."
"Combining Rhinos flexible free-form modeling with RhinoCAM Pro's excellent machining capabilities brings together a set of features never previously available in such tight integration," explains Bob McNeel, President of Robert McNeel & Associates. "Now it is possible to change the Rhino models and then immediately update the toolpaths for quick turnaround of prototypes and production machining. And all of this can be done without leaving the familiar Rhino native environment."
MecSoft Corp. provides Windows-based CAM software solutions for manufacturing parts in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, mold & die, aerospace, general machining, and education.
Both of the RhinoCAM products are based on two of MecSoft's products - VisualMill Basic and VisualMill. RhinoCAM is a plug-in that integrates with Rhino 3.0 and requires Rhino 3.0 to be installed in order for it to run. It is not a standalone application, and if you don't have Rhino 3.0, you can download an evaluation version. With the arrival of RhinoCAM Pro, RhinoCAM is now avalilable in two configurations:
RhinoCAM Basic - This plug-in has been around awhile and is a general purpose machining program. RhinoCAM Basic includes 2-1/2 axis, 3 axis, and hole making operations. It comes with hundreds of post-processors and a post-processor generator to create user-definable post-processors. It is sufficiently powerful for many basic manufacturing methods and is marketed to budget conscious or entry level buyers.
RhinoCAM Pro - This is the new package that is suited for more the more advanced machining techniques associated with mold, die, and tooling; wood working; rapid-prototyping; and general machining. This product has some toolpath generation strategies coupled with tools for controlling cutting tools for detailed machining operations. RhinoCAM Pro has all the basic functionality as well as additional features suitable for demanding users with sophisticated manufacturing requirements.
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