SmartCAM Advanced Milling
SmartCAM Advanced Milling software is the ideal solution for your fundamental 3-D CNC milling production needs. It supports 2- through 3-axis machining as well as 4- and 5-axis positioning from wireframe and solids-based data. As the second tier in the SmartCAM™ family of milling applications, it offers the functionality you need today, plus a simple, long-term growth path for your future needs. Like all SmartCAM applications, Advanced Milling is designed to help you reduce your programming time and deliver your customer's parts quicker.
Ease of Use
Shorten Part Delivery Times
Solid Model Pocket Roughing Create pocket roughing toolpath on solids containing prismatic features.
Solid Model Profile Finishing - Create finish and multi-pass, semi-finishing toolpath from solids containing prismatic features.
Mesh Tools - You can generate mesh toolpaths to machine simple or complex shapes including spun, translated, rafted, ruled, lofted, form patch, and coons surfaces. Filleting tools help you connect meshes with both constant and variable radius blends.
4th Axis Wrapping - You can wrap flat geometry around a cylinder on a rotary axis.
Fourth and Fifth Axis Support - Get greater productivity with indexing head setups and fourth-axis rotary cutting .
Projection - Project planar geometry onto, or offset from, any mesh automatically.
Intuitive Pocketing - Select from spiral, true spiral, linear or zigzag routines. Automatically calculate correct toolpath, recognizing multilevel islands and open profiles.
Gouge Correction - Automatically check and correct your profiles for gouging.
Automated Holemaking - Automatically create drilling codes based on the parameters of the tool chosen.
SmartCAM Advanced Milling
What more do you need to know about SmartCAM?
CAD / Toolpath Modeling
Toolpath Modeling is an important SmartCAM core concept.
Each of the automated Toolpath generation Processes we have summarized above contain appropriate input options and parameters that can be used to control the resulting Toolpaths. The Processes generate single elements in the database, Process Containers in SmartCAM terminology.
Every SmartCAM licence additionally includes extensive Toolpath Modeling functionality. CAD & Toolpath Elements can be constructed, manipulated and edited using the same set of SmartCAM tools.
If you can draw it then you can code and cut it: Create a CAM-mode line, arc or profile, for example, and CNC code is immediately available.
CAD Elements can be property-changed to become Toolpath Elements.
Toolpath Elements can be property-changed to become CAD Elements.
The contents of those automated Process Containers can be extracted. Every single Toolpath move then becomes available for editing if necessary.
What is the significance of SmartCAM Toolpath Modeling to you?
SmartCAM Toolpath Modeling means that you are able to create Toolpath and CNC code to the exact and sometimes unique needs of your CNC manufacturing business.
Using CAD Drawings and Solid Models in SmartCAM
All SmartCAM licences can read and write wireframe, surface and solid CAD files using ACIS SAT, STEP, IGES, DXF or DWG file formats.
Additionally, native CAD file translators are available at an additional cost that read SOLIDWORKS® .SLDPRT, Autodesk® Inventor® .IPT files, Solid Edge® .PAR and .PSM part files and ProE®/CREO® .PRT and .XPR files.
All SmartCAM applications can use CAD drawing data as CAD geometry, Toolpath, Toolpath boundaries, Stock profiles and more.
Surface and Solid data can be read and wireframe geometry obtained from the model which can also be used for those same tasks.
Users of the higher-level SmartCAM applications can model Toolpaths directly using the solid model.
The SmartCAM Code Generator ( aka Post Processor )
Why buy a CAM system in the first place?
The single-most important reason for investing in any CAM system is to enable you to quickly and easily generate high-quality and reliable CNC Code for your CNC machining operations.
We could take up so much of your time in telling you every detail about the CNC code-creation functionality delivered in every SmartCAM licence, but as enthusiastic about our solutions as we are, this is not the place for us to do that.
But we would like to let you know that The SmartCAM Code Generator tools delivered with every single SmartCAM licence are probably the most open and flexible in the CAM world.
They are not inaccessible black boxes but are based upon open formatting, output control and logic functions that enable SmartCAM users to modify and fine-tune outputs to their precise needs.
Code Generators are most often created using an existing SmartCAM library code generators as a template. Naturally - as with any software that is new to you - there is a learning curve before you can fully understand the tools and how to apply them. If you prefer to concentrate on producing parts then a chargeable code-generation consultancy service is available.
The SmartCAM Code Customization ToolKit
Customize, extend and automate SmartCAM for yourself.
Referred to as The SmartCAM CTK by the SmartCAM community.
SmartCAM is effectively greater than the sum of its parts. It's kind of difficult to convey, but we'll try to explain.
SmartCAM is designed and created by engineers for engineers: we know a lot about CNC machines, CNC Machining and CNC Code. The tools in SmartCAM are comprehensive and flexible.
The SmartCAM community rates the fact that if you were to hit an apparent limitation then there is usually a technique that can be used in SmartCAM to deliver exactly what it is that is required. We know that SmartCAM users would not have it any other way.
That does not mean that deliver functionality for every specific and uniquely detailed application of CAM for every applications case for every CAM engineer in every CNC manufacturing facility anywhere in the world. We wouldn't dare claim to do that, and no credible supplier of CAM software can guarantee to do so.
But the SmartCAM Customization Kit is another of our open set of tools delivered with every SmartCAM licence that can be used to, well, customize your use of SmartCAM.
A manufacturer of volume parts used in the hydraulic and pneumatic industries, for example, would benefit from parameterized family of part programming that could be created using the SmartCAM CTK. Customization can flawlessly produce code and other outputs time and time again. In fact we know that customers who have created such customization seldom bother to check graphical Toolpaths or code. It works, every time.
A further example scenario for application of the SmartCAM CTK is in automating small- or large-scale tasks that are specific to your CNC manufacturing procedures, machines and personnel when necessary. Your setup and work practices may, for example, require you to frequently apply tasks or sequences of tasks that are not in the box of any CAM system.
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