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SmartCAM V17.0 Released

Features New Z-Level Roughing, Improved Solid Pocket Milling

New Viewing, HTML-based Reporting Options Also Added

SmartCAM v17.0 Features New Z-Level Roughing

Tuesday, June 9, 2010 - Springfield, Oregon - SmartCAMcnc has announced the full release of SmartCAM® V17.0. Notifications of the release have been sent to all SmartCAM software maintenance customers. Version 17.0 delivers advanced milling improvements including a new Z-level roughing process and enhancements to the solid pocketing process, and substantial core enhancements to the entire SmartCAM suite of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system software, including web-format report generation, improvements to graphics printing, and new capabilities to store the mask and visibility state with named views.

The SmartCAM CAM software family consists of applications for Computer-Numerical Control (CNC) milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM. Version 17.0 continues the solids-machining theme found in the many recent releases, and provides significant benefits for milling users working with both prismatic and freeform solid models.

The new Z-Level Rough process incorporates the many features found in the Solid Pocket process introduced in v16, such as critical depth processing, multiple start points, and more, and extends these capabilities to allow roughing strategies to be applied to virtually any part configuration consisting of cores, cavity, and open pockets and profiles. The new process is found in SmartCAM Advanced Milling, Advanced Turning and FreeForm Machining applications.

The roughing regions are determined based on the selected part features and a specified stock. Roughing strategies can be automatically switched, for example applying inside out spiral strategies to cavity regions, and outside in to cores. Additionally, open profile regions can be machined with unidirectional or bidirectional profiling passes. These new capabilities save time and reduce job complexity by allowing one machining process to efficiently machine many varying features.

"SmartCAM version 17 yet again provides a giant leap forward in toolpath generation and the use of surface and solid data," said Douglas Oliver, SmartCAMcnc's Senior Product Manager. "We are confident the additional core improvements will be appreciated by all users, and will provide significant time savings every day."

A new HTML-based report generator added to all SmartCAM applications greatly improves the flexibility and quality of job and shop floor documentation. The new web report generator allows a single report to include both tool and process step information along with job header and part graphic images, and is an example of one of many areas of improvement found in the entire SmartCAM product line.

The completely customizable report format framework provides the user the ability to tailor their reports to fit their exact needs, for example adding tool and model images or other pertinent detail. Enhancements to graphic printing provide high quality high resolution printouts that can be scaled directly to the current system units. A new print preview allows print settings to be verified before generating the printout.

The existing Named View capabilities have been extended to allow users to specify exactly which view parameters are to be captured with the named view. View orientation, size and position, mask and visibility states can all be specified and saved independently. These capabilities allow users to toggle between various views that would have required the execution of many commands to replicate in previous versions. Additionally predefined named views can now be referenced when generating job reports, allowing corresponding images to be captured and embedded in the report automatically.

"We're very happy with these new core improvements," Douglas went on to say. "The new Named View capabilities are an enormous time saver for all SmartCAM users, allowing complex viewing states to be recalled with just a single click of the mouse. And the new customization options in our report generation make it easy to create complete reports with graphics, and simple to distribute them via the web. These core improvements are some of our best yet."

Other changes to the entire SmartCAM product suite include:

  • Sort Step List/Report by Tool Number in Job Operations Planner and Step Report
  • Layer Transparency can now be set for each layer to be used when displaying surface or solid facet elements
  • File Export as PNG graphics

About SmartCAM & SmartCAMcnc

For over 30 years, the SmartCAM family of computer-aided manufacturing software provides toolpath modeling and CNC programming for prismatic production work to complex molds, dies, and prototypes. SmartCAMcnc provides affordable software subscription contracts, updates, upgrades and technical support for all SmartCAM users, regardless of version. All SmartCAM applications include standard CAD translators and access to optional native CAD translators.

SmartCAMcnc is an Oregon-based company that develops and markets the SmartCAM suite of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for the benefit of its worldwide customer base. Gregg Olson, founder and president of SmartCAMcnc, has been involved in developing CNC programming systems since 1979, with over two decades of experience in various product development capacities for Weber Systems, Point Control, CAMAX, and SDRC.

To monitor further developments please visit www.SmartCAMcnc.com.

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