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 controller's 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

The new SmartCAM verification module provides state-of-the-art verificaiton of your models and toolpath programs.

Knowledge Based Machining Library: Capture Your Manufacturing Expertise

The SmartCAM Knowledge Based Machining (KBM) Library is a user-managed repository designed to store best practices. Tooling, process parameters and CNC programming steps are retrieved as required for programming tasks.

It is a component that helps a manufacturing facility using SmartCAM to ensure that preferred tooling, speeds & feeds and process settings can be adhered to and that standardized, repeatable methods are used by the CAM engineering group.

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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 Difference: Toolpath Modeling and Editing

Every CAD/CAM Software system allows you to import CAD data, draw geometry and create automated toolpath operations, and of course SmartCAM can do that as well. But what if you need to:

  • Edit Resulting Toolpath?
  • Change CAD geometry into Toolpath geometry?
  • Reorder the toolpath?
  • Resequence the toolpath?
  • Mix automated processes that need some editing?
  • Automate and customize your interface with macros?
  • Make changes to your post processor?

With SmartCAM Toolpath Modeling, all toolpath elements are treated as geometry, whether created manually or with SmartCAM's robust, automated toolpath creation tools, allowing complete manipulation in just the same way as model geometry elements. That's the SmartCAM Difference.

Watch this short two minute video to learn just a bit more about The SmartCAM Difference. (Includes audio.)



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System Requirements

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