SmartCAM Production Turning
SmartCAM Production Turning software is a wireframe‑based Toolpath Modeling solution for 2‑Axis Lathe Roughing, Semi‑Finishing, Finishing, Grooving, On‑Centerline Hole Making and Threading.
SmartCAM Production Turning users are able to create toolpaths using imported CAD solid models with Create From Solid functionality, including boundary extraction and slicing the model.
Essentially, that Toolpaths are not generated directly from solid models. Points, Lines, Arcs, Curves and other elements are used to represent Fixturing, Annotation, Toolpath containment boundaries and regions, or directly as Toolpaths.
In SmartCAM, CAD Layer Point, Line, Arc and Curve geometry is treated the same as Toolpath Point, Line, Arc and Curve geometry. Geometry for CAD Layer and Toolpath purposes can be imported from CAD data or can be constructed using the geometry tools within SmartCAM.
SmartCAM Production Turning users are also able to extract wireframe boundaries from CAD solid models for CAD Layer and Toolpath geometry Modeling purposes.
CAM Engineers producing programs for 2-Axis Lathes need to create CNC code for:
Toolpath Modeling Processes available in SmartCAM Production Turning to meet and exceed those needs include:
Features common to most Toolpath Processes include:
OD and ID Turn & Back‑Turn, Face & Back‑Face
Roughing at any user‑specified Pass Angle
Useful when Rough Turning from Casting, Forging or pre-machined stock
OD, ID and Face Grooving for Straight, Taper-sided and Contour Groove Features
Toolpath for Turn, Face, Back‑Turn & Back‑Face finishing & semi‑finishing operations
Optional Lead‑In and Lead‑Out settings
With or without Cutter Compensation
User settings for Peck and Lift‑Off. Option for Part Catcher code
Chamfer or Radius Corner‑Break options for either or both Part and Stock
Straight or Tapered OD and ID Threading. Supports Multiple Start threads.
Angle or straight plunge
Thread start blunting using groove tooling, common in Oil & Gas applications
Thread data 'Lookup Table' capability
On‑centerline Centring, Spot Drilling, Drilling, Peck Drilling, Reaming, Boring
Tapping, Counterboring, Countersinking and Spot Facing Hole Operations
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Toolpath & Geometry 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 license 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, and returned to the container or not.
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.
Every SmartCAM license at any product level is enabled with Toolpath Verification.
Toolpath motion can be verified with or without stock and fixturing. When stock is enabled the stock model is updated with the effect of every material‑removing cut.
Rapid moves through remaining stock and rapid or feed moves that cause a collision condition between any part of the tool assembly and remaining stock or fixturing can be flagged and clearly marked on the verification model.
Standard and custom cutting tools and holders can be included in the verification.
The resulting stock model can be saved and used as the stock for subsequent component operations.
Using CAD Drawings and Solid Models in SmartCAM
All SmartCAM licenses 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 wireframe drawing data as reference geometry, toolpath, toolpath boundaries, stock boundaries 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 license, 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 license 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 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 SmartCAM delivers 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 license 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 Toolpath, CNC 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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