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Announcing
SmartCAM FreeForm Machining

SmartCAM FreeForm Machining™ is the most powerful milling solution in the SmartCAM™ family of applications. It builds on the strength of SmartCAM Advanced Milling™ by adding multiple-surface capabilities for or a full range of parts from 2-axis work to complex 3-axis molds, dies, and prototypes. It is one of the fastest machining systems available. All SmartCAM applications are designed to help you reduce your programming time and more quickly deliver your customer's parts.




Ease of Use
SmartCAM applications operate on Microsoft® Windows 8® Professional (Note: runs as a desktop application, not as a Windows 8 Metro application), Microsoft® Windows 7® Professional, Microsoft®reg; Windows Vista® Business, (NOTE: SmartCAM is no longer supported on Microsoft XP). The user interface uses manufacturing terminology and logical operation sequences that even first time users will find familiar and experienced users can apply quickly.



Shorten Part Delivery Times
SmartCAM FreeForm Machining offers a variety of rough and finish machining strategies providing the flexibility to manufacture the way you want, and helping you shorten manufacturing time:

Solid Model Pocket Roughing Create pocket roughing toolpath on solids for pocket features containing both prismatic and complex surfaces.

Solid Model Profile Finishing - Create finish and multi-pass, semi-finishing toolpath from solids containing prismatic features and complex surfaces.

Surface Creation & Editing - Create Spun, Translated, Draft, Ruled, Lofted, Coons or From-Mesh surfaces. Editing tools support trimming, punching, and splitting surfaces.

Z-Level Contour Rough and Finish Machining - Provides efficient and accurate roughing and finish toolpath for faster cycle times.

Parallel Plane Machining - Includes straightline machining across multiple surfaces, uphill-only cutting, and z-increment roughing, with climb and conventional cutting options.

Containment Boundaries - Parallel plane machining supports a single or group of user defined toolpath containment boundaries for maximum toolpath control.

Pencil Milling - Remove material left over from previous machining operations along fillets and surface intersections.

Projection Machining - Automatically project any toolpath on to a group of surfaces for maximum efficiency when machining mold cores, detail work, or lettering.

Intelligent Pocketing - Select from spiral, linear, or zigzag routines. Freeform Machining automatically calculates correct toolpath, recognizing multilevel islands and open profiles.

Regenerative Toolpath - Process parameters are held in Containers so that the process and resulting toolpath c be easily modified and regenerated to meet new machining requirements.

Automatic Hole Making - Holes can be automatically grouped by size or location to apply single or multiple hole-making processes such as spot drilling, drilling and tapping.

Subroutine Support - Create efficient and compact programs that take full advantage of your CNC controllerís subroutine capability when machining repetitive parts and features.

Automatic Toolpath Optimization - The Optimize function allows you to experiment with the toolpath order to find the most efficient machining cycle time.



Save Time and Money

Better Organize your data using Containers, Show/Hide, improved Layer functions and View Filters.

Subroutine Support saves you time on repetitive shapes and operations.

Automatic Toolpath Optimization sorts through toolpath solutions to find the shortest machine cycle time.

Macro Productivity Tools automate commonly used machining functions to make your work faster and easier.



Eliminate Surprises

Visual verification capabilities improve product quality and save you machine time and material costs.

Better Organize your data using Containers, Show/Hide, improved Layer functions and View Filters.

Subroutine Support saves you time on repetitive shapes and operations.

Automatic Toolpath Optimization sorts through toolpath solutions to find the shortest machine cycle time.

Macro Productivity Tools automate commonly used machining functions to make your work faster and easier.



Capture Your Manufacturing Expertise

The Job Operation Planner is a unique SmartCAM function that helps you organize and store tooling and machining operations information so you can capture proven machining methods and reuse them.

Customization Almost everything about SmartCAM applications, from the user interface to the way code is output, can be customized to streamline your work. SmartCAM applications put you, not the computer, in control.



CAD Formats Supported

Import, export, display, and machine from solid, surface or wireframe CAD data using SAT, STEP, IGES, DXF or DWG formats. SmartCAM files may also be exported as STL surfaces.

Optional Native Data Translators

Additionally, individual native data translators are available for purchase that read SOLIDWORKS® .SLDPRT, Autodesk® Inventor® .IPT files, Solid Edge® .PAR and .PSM part files and ProE®/CREO® .PRT, .PRT. and .XPR files.



The SmartCAM Advantage

SmartCAM applications are the best value in the CAM marketplace. That means you get maximum return on your investment. And as your business grows, the SmartCAM family of applications for 2½-through 5-axis milling, 2- through 6-axis turning, 2- through 5-axis Wire EDM and fabrication will continue to meet your competitive needs.



DNC & Editing Software

Every license of SmartCAM now comes with Predator CNC Editor for SmartCAM™, an OEM version of the industry-leading standard version from Predator Software, Inc.

It is the most popular 32-bit CNC code editor available on the market, is extremely easy to use and includes many features to improve the day-to-day productivity of CNC machine tools. Predator CNC Editor for SmartCAM is the ideal choice for the CNC editing and DNC needs of all SmartCAM users.

Features include DNC in the background, Math Operations including trigonometry functions, Color Highlighting of the NC program and more.



System Requirements

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