SolidCAM 2010 What s New

General
‡ Managing SolidCAM settings ‡ CAM-Part synchronization settings ‡ Simultaneous display of tool path for multiple operations ‡ Browsing to last opened location ‡ Removing unused CAM-Part data ‡ Template improvements ‡ SolidCAM controls in SolidWorks environment ‡ Support of 64-bit computing

Managing SolidCAM settings
SolidCAM 2010 offers the new functionality that enables you to save the SolidCAM settings as an external file and then load the saved file into SolidCAM. Furthermore, SolidCAM 2010 enables you to reset the customized settings to their default values.

CAM-Part synchronization settings In SolidCAM 2010. . The synchronization options have been added into the Synchronization page of the Part Settings dialog box. the synchronization settings can also be customized for each CAM-Part.

.Managing warning messages and prompts SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the possibility to control the visibility status of the most frequently displayed messages.

deletion of multiple Coordinate Systems needs only one confirmation message. .Deleting Coordinate Systems in SolidCAM Manager In SolidCAM 2010.

.Simultaneous display of tool path for multiple operations SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the functionality to easily display the tool path for all the CAM-Part operations or for a number of selected operations.

.Browsing to last opened location SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the functionality that stores the last used location. when the browser dialog box is used.

The cleaning operation automatically removes unused geometries. updated stock model files (which can be automatically recalculated). and any other unused data saved in the CAM-Part.Removing unused CAM-Part data SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new functionality that enables you to perform the cleaning of the CAM-Part data. .

Simulation and GCode generation for not calculated operations SolidCAM 2010 provides you with a time-saving solution for the cases when the simulation/GCode generation is needed for non-calculated operation. .

.Facet tolerance for CoordSys definition SolidCAM 2010 added the possibility to customize the facet tolerance used for the CoordSys definition.

. Upper level and Lower level. the process template insertion functionality is improved by adding the following parameters: Geometry. These parameters are common for all the operations contained in the process template.Template improvements In SolidCAM 2010.

by selecting items in the table as filtering criteria. .Template improvements SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the possibility to filter the defined templates.

.Template improvements SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the possibility to rename the defined templates.

.Closing the Machining Process from SolidCAM Manager SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the possibility to close the Machining Process directly from SolidCAM Manager.

Support of 64-bit computing To take full advantage of the increased RAM capabilities of 64-bit systems. SolidCAM 2010 includes two separate installation packages for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of operation systems. so that the calculation and simulation of large parts will be further accelerated. . SolidCAM 2010 supports 64-bit computing.

SolidCAM controls in SolidWorks environment SolidCAM tab in SolidWorks Command Manager SolidCAM toolbars in SolidWorks environment .

Geometry ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Loop geometry selection Chains filtering by Z-levels Browsing geometries Defining the direction of geometry chains Definition and synchronization of geometry for Drill Recognition operations .

. an improvement to the Faces mode has been made by adding the possibility to mark all edges of the loop as open edges.Loop geometry selection Marking external loops as open pocket edges In SolidCAM 2010. for use within Pocket operations.

a new loop selection functionality has been added to facilitate the process of single loop selection for geometry definition.Loop geometry selection Primary and secondary loop selection In SolidCAM 2010. .

the chain filtering functionality has been enhanced by adding the possibility to define the range of Z-levels as a filtering criterion.Chains filtering by Z-levels In SolidCAM 2010. .

Browsing geometries
SolidCAM 2010 provides an improvement to this functionality by enabling the user to visualize the geometries during the selection process.

Defining the direction of geometry chains
In SolidCAM 2010, the geometry selection functionality has been improved and provides you with control over the chain direction, during the picking of the first chain entity. SolidCAM determines the start point of the picked entity closest to the picked position.

Definition and synchronization of geometry for Drill Recognition operations
Automatic and manual geometry definition In SolidCAM 2010, a manual geometry selection mode has been provided, in addition to the existing automatic mode. The manual mode can be useful in cases when the geometry has to be defined only for individual holes.

Definition and synchronization of geometry for Drill Recognition operations Defining geometry by color SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new parameter that enables you to perform geometry filtering according to the color of the hole faces. .

.Definition and synchronization of geometry for Drill Recognition operations Removing recognized holes from the list SolidCAM 2010 enables you to remove a single hole or a group of holes (Shape/Group) from the geometry.

Tools ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Cutting Length improvements H Length improvements Spin and Feed definition improvements Visual tool check in Part Tool Table Turning tool holder definition and visualization .

‡ Tap tool. ‡ End Mill. ‡ Bull Nose Mill. ‡ Drill. of the type below. ‡ Reamer. is created in a SolidCAM operation.Cutting Length improvements SolidCAM 2010 provides you with improvements in the length definition functionality. ‡ Taper Mill. Whenever a new tool. ‡ Ball Nose Mill. its Cutting Length is automatically assigned the value of the machining depth in this operation. .

Cutting Length improvements Tool filtering SolidCAM 2010 enables you to perform the tool range filtering by the Cutting Length parameter. The Cutting Length section is added to the Range dialog box. .

.H Length improvements p ind e Ho d er Overhang Lengt h o o Ho der Out side Ho der Len gt h H Leng t h SolidCAM 2010 provides you with a number of improvements in the process of H Length parameter definition.

to be used with different work materials and different CNC-machines. .Spin and feed definition improvements SolidCAM 2010 provides you with improved functionality enabling the user to assign for each tool a table. containing different sets of spin and feed defaults.

Visual tool check in Part Tool Table SolidCAM 2010 provides you with additional functionality of visual tool check ± a tool preview is provided directly on the solid model. .

. With this functionality. SolidCAM 2010 also enables you to define the correct position of the tool on the CNCmachine.Turning tool holder definition and visualization SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new functionality of turning tool holders definition and visualization in Machine simulation.

5D Milling ‡ Drill Recognition improvements .2.

85 Y459.85 Y459. R2. G98 G81 Z-96.85 Y35.85 Z10.85 Z10.the holes that have the same Upper level and Depth data are grouped under a common single Gcode cycle.85 Z10.85 X509. R2. G98 G81 Z-96. F33 X35.85 Y35.85 G80 SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the capability to shorten the GCode file by grouping similar drilling positions under the same Gcode cycle .Drill Recognition improvements Minimize hole cycle (DR-DRILL-R7-T3 .85 X35. F33 X509.85 Z10.85 (DR-DRILL-R7-T3 . F33 G80 G0 X509. (-------------------------) G98 G81 Z-96. R2. G80 G98 G81 Z-96. R2.DRILL-HR) X509.85 Y459.85 X509.85 Y35. F33 G80 G0 X509.85 X35. G98 G81 Z-96. F33 G80 G0 X35. R2.85 Y459.DRILL-HR) (-------------------------) X35. .85 Z10.

. in which the Upper level and Depth data are the same.Drill Recognition improvements Complete hole group SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the additional capability to sort holes by groups.

High Speed Machining (HSM) ‡ HSM Rough machining module ‡ Constant Z and 3D Corner offset combined strategy .

For these purposes. SolidCAM High Speed Surface Machining (HSS) module brings the capabilities and surface quality of 3D Finishing to 2. But in many cases there is a need to remove large volumes of material.5D Milling operations. fillets).g. SolidCAM 2010 introduces the new HSM Rough module that provides the you with power and productivity of high speed roughing. generally using 2. machining of 3D surfaces is often required (e. .HSM Rough machining module In production of prismatic parts.5D users.

Constant Z and 3D Corner offset combined strategy SolidCAM 2010 offers the combination of the Constant Z strategy supplemented with the secondary 3D Corner offset strategy. .

Turning ‡ Selecting geometry on envelope .

the mechanism of the turning geometry definition on solid has been facilitated.Selecting geometry on envelope In SolidCAM 2010. The new interface offers you two modes of geometry definition: Automatic selection and Manual selection. Automatic selection .

Selecting geometry on envelope Manual selection .Close gaps .

Extensions .Selecting geometry on envelope Manual selection .

High Speed Surface Machining (HSS) ‡ Stock definition improvements .

the Roughing page interface has been changed. in order to clarify and facilitate the definition of these groups of parameters separately. .Stock definition improvements In SolidCAM 2010.

Stock definition improvements SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the Ignore segments shorter than option that enables you to exclude the segments that are shorter than the specified tool path length. .

5-Axis machining ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Start point definition improvements Tool path linking definition improvements 4-Axis output format for 5-Axis sub-operations Axial offset technology for 5-Axis Engraving Stock definition improvements Motion limits control improvements Multi-Axis Drilling operation Sorting of cylindrical drilling patterns HSM to Sim.Sim. 5-axis tool path conversion .

.Start point definition improvements SolidCAM 2010 provides you with the additional possibility to define the start point position via the vector of the surface normal.

Tool path linking definition improvements Separate Approach/Retract and Linking definition In SolidCAM 2010. the Link page has been divided into two tabs: Approach/Retract and Links. in order to clarify and facilitate the definition of these groups of parameters. .

.Tool path linking definition improvements Home position definition SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new Home position option for tool path linking that can be applied to the first entry and last exit links. Home position is a point from which the first rapid movement of the tool starts during the approach and to which the tool eventually returns after the retreat.

the possibility to generate 4-Axis output has been added into the utput format combobox of the Toolpath parameters page of the operation dialog box. 5-Axis sub-operations In SolidCAM 2010. for the following sub-operations: ‡ Cavity machining ‡ Turbine Blade machining ‡ Engraving ‡ Electrode machining .4-Axis output format for Sim.

5-Axis Engraving SolidCAM 2010 enables you to offset the Sim. . 5-Axis Engraving tool path along the tool axis. The gouge control takes out all the gouges that result from this shift. The Axial offset parameter defines the offset value. Each point of the tool path (including the start position) is shifted in the tool axis direction.Axial offset technology for Sim.

. this feature has been improved by adding more possibilities for machine limits use.Motion limits control improvements In SolidCAM 2010.

using a single Coordinate System.Multi-Axis Drilling operation SolidCAM 2010 introduces a new Multi-Axis Drilling operation that enables you to machine a series of drills that have different orientations. .

Sorting of cylindrical drilling patterns In SolidCAM 2010. . the new Cylindrical sorting option is provided to be used within the Multi-Axis Drilling. This option enables you to sort the drill position located on the revolution faces.

5-Axis tool path conversion SolidCAM 2010 provides you with a new Converting HSM to Sim.HSM to Sim. . intended to perform conversion of HSM and 3D Milling tool paths into Sim. 5-Axis operation. 5-axis tool paths.

Simulation ‡ Simulation interface improvements ‡ External Simulator in SolidCAM ‡ Turning tool holding system in Machine simulation .

Simulation interface improvements .

.External Simulator in SolidCAM SolidCAM 2010 provides you with a new External Simulator for simulation of operations in a separate window. in parallel to continued working in SolidCAM.

Turning tool holding system in Machine simulation SolidCAM 2010 enables the display of the turning tool holding system in the Machine simulation mode. .

the rotary turret feature is supported in turning tool holding system. .Turning tool holding system in Machine simulation Holder definition for machines with rotary turret In SolidCAM 2010.

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