User Interface Improvements
SmartCAM v2014 Verification Improvements
Improvements to the ShowCut and ShowPath toolpath verification modules expand the use of standard tooling by providing better visualization of turning tool holders, and allowing milling tool holders to be used with parametrically defined tools. Program errors are now more easily detected with new collision reporting and holder checking capabilities.
Improved Turning Holder Support
The ShowPath and ShowCut toolpath visualization tools now display a flat, color-filled toolholder when a holder profile has been defined in the custom tool graphics (CTG) file associated with the tool. Tool visualization and error-checking are improved by the use of this new option.
ShowCut Toolholder Collision Checking
A new ShowCut Holder Collision Checking function helps to improve toolpath quality by graphically highlighting collision issues where the holder has violated either the process stock or fixture models.
ShowCut Collision Reporting During Verification
The ShowCut toolpath verification panel now includes a checkbox option to enable collision reporting in the SmartCAM diagnostics window during verification.
When collision reporting is enabled the following collision conditions are reported whenever:
Additionally, the error report references the toolpath element number that caused the collision.
In the example above, the clamping arrangement has been placed too close to the area being machined. SmartCAM ShowCut has reported the collision and the model element that caused it.
Milling CTG Containing Holder-Only
SmartCAM Custom Tool Graphics (CTG) files for milling toolholders can now contain models for the toolholder-only in addition to the previous functionality of containing models for both the cutting tool and holder.
Global Holder Color Independent of Step Color
A new Holder Color option enables a user-preferred color to be used when displaying milling and turning custom tool graphics (CTG) holders in ShowPath and ShowCut toolpath simulation.
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