SmartCAM Advanced Fabrication
SmartCAM Advanced Fabrication CAM software creates optimized toolpath and code for a variety of CNC fabrication machines, including punches, burners, lasers, waterjets, punch/plasma, and punch/laser combinations. Not only will SmartCAM Advanced Fabrication help you reduce scrap and improve your fabrication processes, like all SmartCAM® applications, Advanced Fabrication is designed to help you reduce your programming time and deliver your customer's parts quicker.
Shorten Part Delivery Times
Fast, flexible toolpath geometry.
Better organize your data using Containers, Show/Hide, improved Layer functions and View Filters.
Auto-indexing support for an unlimited number of tools.
Automated area clearance with spiral or zigzag routines.
Auto Tool Select searches profiles for common fabrication shapes, then searches the job operation setup file, and automatically selects tools that fit the shapes. It then creates tool path for removing material from inside the profiles using the selected tools.
The Profile Modeling Tool creates centerline tool path for a single cutting pass.
Canned cycle support for bolt hole circles and grids at any angle.
Automated folding and unfolding compensates for bend allowances and unfolds the part in a single step. (Because SmartCAM is a full 3-D system, you can modify geometry on the part before or after unfolding it.)
Automatic flat pattern layouts for HVAC transition pieces.
Toolpath optimization functions that will automatically find the most efficient tool motion.
Automatic or interactive nesting, including subroutine support that saves material. (SmartCAM will tell you if your subroutines provide optimal toolpath, giving you the choice of using them or not.)
What more should you know about SmartCAM?
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.
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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