Core Application Improvements
SmartCAM V19.5 Turning Improvements
Several significant improvements have been made to the SmartCAM Turning applications.
Watch the "Improved Threading, Grooving and a New Parting Process in SmartCAM V19.5 Turning" Video
Improved Thread Element
The Geometry - Thread panel has been redesigned to improve ease of use, and now contains the Infeed Angle and Final Pass Depth settings previously stored in the machine SMF file. A new Outfeed Angle has been added as well as a Params button to access additional settings. The Thread Parameters dialog box contains new End Extension and Spring Pass parameters, and the depth calculation settings previously located in the machine SMF file are now available and stored with the thread element.
Additionally, it is now possible to specify an ID/OD Groove tool when creating a thread element. This capability can be used to define a thread blunting operation by using a thread element and a groove tool to remove the partial thread at the beginning of a thread.
Several new options have been added to the Groove Roughing process to reduce the number of programming steps required and provide more control.
The Geometry - Groove panel can now be used to define a groove element on a layer. When defining a groove element on layer, the machining parameters are unavailable, and a new Orientation option allows the groove to be placed in ID, OD, or face positions. The groove element appears in the list view as a Groove Feature. Groove features can be used as input to other Turn Rough processes for toolpath generation, for example Groove Rough. This capability allows groove profiles to be defined simply using the familiar groove element panel, but allows them to be machined using the more advanced capabilities provided by processes, for example with pecking in the Groove Roughing process.
A new Parting process allows cut-off operations to be defined parametrically without the need to construct additional geometry. A corner break chamfer or radius can be applied to the part and/or bar, and additional options for depth pecking and controlling a parts catcher are also provided. This new feature saves time and improves accuracy compared to previous methods used to manually define cut-off operations.
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