EASTEC 2013: Five-Axis Programming
The latest release of PowerMILL CAD/CAM software adds more options for tool-axis definition in five-axis machining operations. For raster toolpaths, the lead and lean angles can now be defined relative to a contact normal. In addition, better control is now possible for the tool-axis definition when using the To or From a Point, Line or Curve strategies. These improvements will make it easier for users to control the contact angle between the cutter and the part, and so set the optimum cutting conditions for efficient machining and high-quality surface finish. The resulting NC programs can be made even more efficient by automatically reordering the toolpaths, using the tool number or tool diameter, to reduce the number of tool changes, or using a specific workplane, to minimize setup changes.
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Published Date : 3/22/2013