Edgecam Product History

Listed below are the previous releases of Edgecam, to view what features where introduced in each of the releases click the buttons below.

Edgecam 2014R1

Edgecam Latest Release – 2014 R1

Edgecam’s game-changing Workflow tools just got even faster. Workflow is already renowned for enabling CAD CAM engineers to apply toolpaths within seconds, and now, based on customer feedback, many enhancements have been made in the latest release, Edgecam 2014 R1, mainly in the two areas of part setup and stock and fixture management, giving additional control and saving even more time.

 

Workflow

A Machine Feature command allows users to interactively select a feature on their component, which will then be machined. The user can elect to only rough, finish, or rough and finish, meaning they have full control over their manufacturing order, without the need to apply full automation.

And Fixture Manager sees the introduction of chucks and collets that can be used for milling and turning. An additional time-saver: the fixture manager will also automatically filter valid and invalid fixtures based on component size, and offer a dynamic placement preview before it is placed on to the component.

 

Milling Enhancements

New Chamfer Cycle

The new Chamfering Cycle is a modern command supporting 2D and 3D geometry. The option to automatically debur sharp edges also removes the requirement to prepare geometry, which is another time-saver. It fully supports cutter radius compensation as well as 3D chamfering. 

Support for 3D Normal Offset Output:

Surface machining cycles now have an added control to compensate for tool wear on 3D machining toolpaths. This gives greater accuracy and control on tight tolerance components.

 

Ease of Use:

Further enhancements include a new design CPL datum marker with colour coded rotation bars and axis labelling. And following on from the introduction of pictures on dialogs in 2013 R2, this has been extended to the ‘rough and finish turn cycles’ promoting ease of use for new or infrequent users.

 

Dialogs

An Interactive editing tool for re-designing standard dialog boxes is available. The ability to “Mask” the standard interface allows users to pick which modifiers settings are displayed, empowering them to create command dialogs aligned to their preferred manufacturing methods.

 

Live Job Reports

Parts of Edgecam have gone mobile in 2014 R1. The new Live Job Reports is designed to be simple, easy and quick for small customers, while being very powerful for advanced users who want to customise it. It keeps the same performance on both small and large databases, easily handling thousands of tools and toolkits. And as this function runs on a website, the client can be a PC, and even a tablet or phone, making it possible to access the reports from the shopfloor on the go, without the need to print.

 

Part Modeler

A new item of functionality in Part Modeler finds fillet radii on third-party imported solid models and allows them to be edited. This Finding and Editing Fillets on Imported Models feature aids users preparing CAD data for manufacture. 

Other Part Modeler enhancements include advanced loft and sweep commands which allow users to loft dissimilar shapes and add guide curves.

Edgecam 2013R2

Edgecam Latest Release – 2013 R2

The most far-reaching enhancement in 2013 R2 is Workflow, enabling CAD/CAM engineers to apply toolpaths within seconds. Other powerful items of new and enhanced functionality include modern redesign of dialogs, four-turret support, free loading of CAD files into Part Modeler, quicker simulation, and improvements to the Wire EDM Feature Finder.

 

Workflow

Workflow understands the component topology and therefore understands the required manufacturing environment. 

The new tools aid in loading and positioning the component, choosing the manufacturing method and suitable machine tools, adding user defined stock or stock from a database, importing fixtures, selecting a machine and toolkit, and managing strategies to automate manufacture. At each stage Workflow takes decisions or makes suggestions as to how the goal is best achieved. However, the user can easily over-ride the decisions if required, making the whole process flexible. 

 

Dialogs

All Edgecam dialogs have been updated to include a set of buttons for selecting data interactively. These buttons at the top of the dialog indicate what data is required:
 
As geometry is required the appropriate buttons are highlighted
If the geometry is mandatory and must be selected, then the button is marked with an underline
When the data is picked, the appropriate button is ticked to show successful selection
If the geometry selection is not required, the appropriate button is greyed out.
 
If any buttons are left without data after the OK button has been clicked, a prompt will be  displayed and the user will be asked to select the geometry. These new buttons guide the user through geometry selections, making all Edgecam cycles much easier to use. 
 

Part Modeler

Part Modeler now comes with free CAD Model Loaders for Parasolid, STEP, NX, ACIS, Inventor, CATIA V5 and Creo Parametric files. A Move Hole and Faces command allows the repositioning of features from models designed in another CAD system. They can either be moved from the original CAD datum position or relative to a user defined position. To modify features – for example holes, grooves, pocket walls and boss heights on a third party model, individual feature can be moved to create a “Manufacturing Model” from a design model, allowing for mid tolerancing models to be created and manage conditions created, such as expansion, when using heat treatments.  
 
 

Simulator

Simulator now runs as a separate process to Edgecam providing the following benefits.

  • Simulator starts instantly on second start up; a major benefit when simulating large parts/div>
  • Simulator starts from where the simulation last finished; no need to run simulation from the start each time
  • pdate Stock is up to 50% quicker than the previous release.

Simulator rendering has been enhanced. By default, stock surfaces are rendered with a metallic look. And a Flat Rendering option has been added to render the surfaces with a non-metallic look. Rapid Result has been improved for this release and Tool graphics are now displayed, with Toggle Tool and Toggle Tool Holders buttons enabled.

 

Wire Profile

A new Wire Profile Feature command has been added to find features suitable for Wire Erosion from a solid. This facility removes the need to extract the edges from the solid to make the wireframe fences. Other improvements to the Wire EDM include:    

  • Faces can be picked individually, by window or chained
  • Selected faces can have differing levels and heights; they do not need to be on parallel planes
  • It is possible to control the XY and UV Profile Height of the feature using controls on the feature dialog
  • The identified Wire Features appear in the feature list and have their own list of properties.
 

Milling Enhancements

Rationalise - Merge Identical Roughing and Profiling cycles

Typically, when milling cycles are applied to features, they are applied feature by feature using the Planning Board. This can lead to multiple identical cycles in the sequence browser with, for example, one cycle for each pocket.

Rationalise can now merge these cycles into one cycle, as is already done for hole cycles. When merge milling cycles is checked in the Rationalise dialog, cycles that are machined by the same Tool on the same CPL and whose dialog settings are identical are merged.

The benefit of merging the cycles not only makes the machining sequence shorter and easier to manage but the merged cycles inherit the toolpath ordering of the cycle. Initially, this has been implemented for the Roughing and Profiling cycles.

Mill Cycles - Select Boundary Edges Direct from Solid

The Milling cycles have been updated to allow boundaries to be selected directly from Solid Edges of EdgeLoops without the need to create geometry edges or EdgeLoops first. If the edges are not parallel to the current CPL, they are automatically projected in to the CPL to form a 2D boundary.

 

Turning Enhancements

New Finish Groove Cycle

A new Finish Groove cycle utilising the same processing as the Finish Turn cycle has been implemented to provide capabilities not available previously and to improve compatibility between the cycles.

The main advantages are:

  • Ability to change setting point depending on the side of tool in contact on the plunge moves
  • Ability to output CRC control codes and to change that code when changing tool sides
  • Ability to set an overlap
  • Ability to control lead in and out
  • Ability to split the cycle in the middle or side.

Finish Turning - Break First Entity enhanced

A new Break Orientation Angle setting has been added to the Control options allowing users to specify the angle of the theoretical element for which to break the first profile element. The angle of the theoretical element is controlled by an absolute user-supplied angle. If no angle is supplied then a right angle is assumed.

Strategy Manager Enhancements

User-defined Feature attributes for Strategies

Custom attributes can now be added to the Feature group of the attribute template which create new properties for Mill, Turn or Hole features. These attributes appear in the Edgecam feature properties window and can be set to communicate information to a strategy to affect the manufacturing process.

Solid Machinist Enhancements

Merge Nested Groove Features

A new Merge Nested Groove Features Turn option is available on the Feature Finder dialog. The new option allows grooves to be merged into larger grooves.

Toolstore Enhancements

Support for Keyed Index Turrets

A Turret Holder Mating option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters providing for machines fitted with index turrets that have keyed recesses into which pre-assembled keyed tool holders can be mounted.

Holder Origin Options

New Holder Origin possibilities make it easy to position the Tool Holder graphic.

A Holder Origin option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters which can be set to either the Insert Centre (Turning tools) or Flute Height (Milling and Hole tools), Tool Tip or Gauge Datum

Coolant Options

A Coolant option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters allowing you to specify whether the tool can pass coolant and the method used (Off, Flood, Mist or Air). The Through Coolant option in the Tool Geometry Parameters has been enhanced to provide a High Pressure selection.

Draw Tool Clearance

A Draw tool clearance option has been added to the Setting Preferences.

This option is used to display a ghosted image of the insert shape which will be used to generate the turn cycle offset including tool clearance angles.

 

Tooling Enhancements

Support for Keyed Index Turrets

A number of Index Turret / Holder Mating options have been added to the Loading Parameters providing for machines fitted with index turrets that have keyed recesses into which pre-assembled keyed tool holders can be mounted.
 

Holder Origin Options>

New Holder Origin possibilities make it easy to position the Tool Holder graphic. Previously, the Holder Origin, the reference position for setting the Holder Graphic offsets was the Insert Centre. Now, a Holder Origin option has been added to the Tool Mounting Parameters which can be set to either the Insert Centre.


 

 

Code Wizard Enhancements

Inch / Metric conversion of CGDs

Users can now convert CGDs from Inch to Metric and vice versa. A Machine Units conversion can be applied to existing CGDs. A warning will be displayed to ensure that the user realises that the stored values will be changed. Relevant data in the post will be converted in addition to the graphics (both parametric and non-parametric).
 

Edgecam 2013R1

2013 R1 is a release combining new strategies with an improved user interface across many aspects of the software. The strategies will make creating tool paths effortless and the improvements to the user interface will get your result much faster than before.

 

Edgecam Wire Erosion

Edgecam’s new Wire Erosion product is based on the industry leading Vero PEPS Wire product and offers an intuitive environment for the comprehensive programming of all Wire EDM machine tools. Including a comprehensive library of proven post-processors and knowledge-based cutting schemes as standard. Users can select from one of the pre-defined machining strategies such as 'Unattended night runs' and 'Attended day runs' or, alternatively, define their own.

Features inlude :

  • Pre-configured code generators, optionally configurable.
  • Knowledge-based cutting schemes.
  • Roughing and finishing cuts easily applied to multiple punches / dies.
  • Reverse cutting with offsets and cutting technology changes.
  • Multiple strategies for corner types; including square ISO and conic.
  • Toolpath display indicators showing thread wire, cut wire and program stop positions.
  • No-core pocket destruction of round and irregular shapes.
  • No-core pocket destruction considers pre-hole diameter to eliminate air cuts and reduce cycle time.
 

New Rough Profile Cycle

This is a new cycle that replaces the Rough Profile cycle. It is available with all Turning and Production Licenses.

The Rough Profiling cycle removes material in a series of cuts parallel to the input profile and is typically used for roughing free form profiles from free form stock billets. It is also useful for cutting materials where it is beneficial to minimise re-entrant cutting as it keeps the tool in contact with the material for longer.

Benefits of the new cycle include:

  • Cycle is optionally stock aware to eliminate air cuts and reduce cycle time.
  • Intelligent stock entry and exit.
  • Support for controller tool offset i.e. G41/G42.
  • Possibility to enter a constant cut depth or different cut depths for X and Z.
    Specify ZX or Constant Offset finishing allowance.
  • Possibility to enter different offsets for each face element.
  • Option to stop after a specified no. of cuts, return to a safe swarf clearance position, stop the machine, clear the swarf then carry on.
The old Rough Profile cycle has been removed from the default user interface but can be retrieved using Customise -> Commands -> Turn Cycles.
 

Roughing - Waveform Improvements

Waveform roughing has been improved to include the following enhancements :

  • The Waveform strategy now has the ability to set the Approach Type; Helix and Pre-drill are possible. It works in the same way as the other strategies. A 10% bigger drill tool is expected for the pre-drill option.
  • Waveform pattern has been improved to avoid unnecessary cutting interruptions when opening the initial 'virtual pocket'. The transition between this area and actual toolpath is much smoother.
Percentage Plunge Feed added to Approach Options
The Plunge feedrate for approach moves can now be specified as a percentage of the Plunge feedrate on the General tab. This option is available for all Roughing strategy types.
 
Clean Up Final Pass added to Control Options
Some machines tools, due to the "Look Ahead" calculation and the high feeds, may leave pegs in the material showing unmachined areas. These pegs would be removed if the feeds were reduced, meaning that the toolpath is correct but, due to the "Look Ahead" calculation, the machine tool is avoiding those areas. Clean Up Final Pass has been added to the Control options which will add a pass at the end of the area to ensure that all material has been removed.
 

Moving the Sub-spindle - Option to Return Home without the part

The sub spindle can be docked to support the part for a machining process after which it may be sent back to its home position without the part. Previously, the stock was always returned home with the sub spindle - this is now optional.

There is an additional code constructor:

  • Sub Spindle Retract Empty. This is used to format the NC code for the Return Home Without Part option.
 

Turning Tool dialog - Machining of Internal Holes & Reverse Radial Tools

Machining of internal rotary holes has been improved to provide better access and handle situations which were previously not possible. Two situations have been improved:  

  • Correctly handle internal holes when using a Radial tool.
    Typical work for very large parts where the whole turret can sometimes go inside the component to do machining.
  • Load a Reverse Radial tool. which on an Index type turret will allow for two situations (driven by machine parameter).
    Either load the tool at the front of the turret (with special holder / mounting mechanism) or load the tool at the back of the turret.
 

Five Axis Milling dialog - Direct Picking on Model

Previously, the Five Axis cycle had to use geometry created from the solid, for example, Edge Loops and Face Features. The cycle can now pick edges and faces directly from the model without having to create Edge Loops or Face Features.

Improved Collision Avoidance (3 to 5-Axis and Five Axis Cycles)
In Edgecam 2013 R1, a new Remove Remaining Collisions option has been introduced. This option, when checked, will remove any collisions remaining after the main checks have been completed by retracting the tool away from the surface.
 
New Advanced Five Axis Options
In Edgecam 2013 R1, new Chaining Tolerance and Slow and Safe Path Creation options have been introduced on the General tab:
 
  • Chaining Tolerance is an internal value, greater than zero, used for the toolpath generation. The Chaining Tolerance might have an effect for a flat or slightly curved face where, since less tool path points are generated, the toolpath has less information. In this situation the chaining tolerance makes the toolpath accurate. However, if a smaller tolerance is selected, more computing time is required.
  • When Slow and Safe Path Creation is checked, the Chaining Tolerance will be set to an interval not longer than the maximum stepover distance. As with the Chaining Tolerance, activating this parameter requires more computing time.
 
5 axis cycle - separate process and 64-bit support
In Edgecam 2013 R1, a 5 Axis cycle will always be moved into a separate process, regardless of whether Set Safe Start Point (SSSP) has been set.
 
A 64-bit version of the application has also been created (EdgeSrv5Axis64.exe).
 
This will improve situations where the cycle previously ran out of memory during calculation.
 

Profiling - Break Corner options for Profiling Cycle

The Profiling cycle has been updated to include options to break sharp corners with either a radius or chamfer. This will reduce secondary de-burring operations.

Set Safe Start Point for Mill/Turn (Background processing)

Set Safe Start Position is now available in the Mill/Turn environment. Turning cycles are not affected.

The Safe Start Point can now be set up using the options in the new Background Processing tab:

  • Two safe points can be defined for each turret when there is a Sub Spindle. Only one is required when no Sub Spindle is present.
  • Only Main Spindle points need to be defined; Sub Spindle points will be created automatically.
 

Automatically Finding Features - Feature Finder recognises U and V style grooves

Feature finder now recognises U and V style grooves and sets appropriate attributes. This is useful for machining of such features using strategies.

The new Groove Type Attribute defines:

  • V style grooves need to have equal side wall angles.
  • U and V Style Grooves need to start and end at same level.
  • U and V style grooves can include a lead in corner radius or chamfer.
  • U style grooves need to have a full
  • 180 degree base radius.
  • V style grooves can include a blend radius at its base.
  • V style grooves have Included Angle attribute.
  • U and V style grooves have Groove Width attribute. This is the distance across the top of the groove.

Feature Finder - Holes

It is now possible to find holes from a "dumb" model, add them to the model tree and edit them, if required, within Part Modeler.
This new introduction will :

  • Allow ALL "dumb" holes in the solid model to be defined and edited within Part Modeler.
  • Allow users to add extra information to "dumb" holes, e.g. thread data.
  • Allow similar holes to be processed as a group.
  • Allow similar holes to be processed individually.

Feature Ordering Enhancements

Feature Finder internally groups features with similar attributes prior to performing a nearest next sort.

Nearest Next
Mill features on the same solid that share the same CPL level are now ordered using a "nearest next" logic. This ensures that the features are in a reasonable machining order for use by Strategy Manager and Planning Board. This is primarily needed in the milling environment where you have a plate with many pockets.
 
Feature Find internally groups features with similar attributes before performing a "nearest next" sort and automatically ordering the features:
  • Closed Pockets, Open Pockets and Open Mill features are considered together for the purpose of internal grouping. The feature attributes that are considered for internal grouping are MaxXyRadius (range +/- 50%), Depth (range +/- 50%), Lower Radius (exact) and MinimumXYRadius (exact). Each feature group starts at the bottom left.
  • In the example, all attributes are identical except for the MaxXyRadius (The radius of the greatest circle fitting inside the top contour).
  • Internal groups have been identified by colour and these groups would typically be roughed / rest roughed with different tooling sets. However, all of these features have the same MinimumXYRadius and would, therefore, be finished with the same tool. The feature order used for roughing is, therefore, not necessarily useful for finishing.
Features on Parallel CPLs (Z axis) are considered together
The predefined manufacture ordering now groups all mill / hole features on CPLs which share the same Z same direction together. This ensures that the order of features is highest level first irrespective of CPL. Previously, mill and hole features were sorted by CPL and then CPL level.
 
Previously, if Feature Find was run more than once on different CPLs, features could be identified on different CPLs which shared the same Z direction. In this situation, ordering features by CPL could lead to features on a lower level being ordered before features on a higher level.
 

Planning Board – Automatic Ordering

Feature Find automatically orders features into a logical order for manufacture. Machining Strategies can subsequently be assigned to each feature. Typically, a feature will be assigned a minimum of one roughing and one finishing strategy. The Planning Board can now be automatically ordered based on the priority setting assigned to each strategy. Strategy Manager (File Properties) is used to assign a priority to a strategy.

Automatic Ordering has been added to the Planning Board:
  • In Strategy Manager, File Properties specify a priority for each strategy. When the planning board is populated, it is automatically ordered based on this priority setting.
  • In the sample set of Edgecam strategies, priorities have been set so that all rough turning is done before finish turning and rough milling is done before finish milling.
  • Automatic Ordering is enabled by selecting Auto Sort Planning Board on the General tab of the Preferences dialog or can be done by pressing the Sort by priority button.

Edgecam 2012 R2

2012 R2 is a release combining new strategies with an improved user interface across many aspects of the software. The strategies will make creating tool paths effortless and the improvements to the user interface will get your result much faster than before.

 

Quill Support in Milling

Edgecam 2012 R2 introduces quill support. This allows you to program a secondary Z axis (Z2) on milling machines for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator. The secondary Z axis can be in the head or the table.

  • In Code Wizard, specify parametric or custom quill graphics
  • New command to select the currently active Z axis in Edgecam
  • Simulation of quill movements and collision detection
 

New Advanced Five Axis Cycle

The Advanced Five Axis cycle is an extension of the standard 5 axis cycle and offers a number of new features and advantages over the standard cycle.

  • Graphical user interface
  • Interactive picking/geometry selection
  • Additional calculation methods
 

Steady Rests in Edgecam

Edgecam 2012 R2 introduces support for programmable steady rests. This allows machines to be configured with steady rests for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator.

  • In Code Wizard, specify parametric or custom steady rest graphics
  • Control steady rest movements in Edgecam
  • Simulation of steady movement and collision checking
 

Improved Display and Editing of Cycle Selections

Following a limited release in the previous version, 'intelligent picking' has been extended in Edgecam 2012 R2 to support most milling and turning cycles.

Each selected element - such as cycle geometry, boundary or start point - is now listed under the relevant cycle in the sequence browser and can be highlighted and edited individually.

When an element is edited the current geometry is automatically selected in the graphics area and you can easily add to it or remove elements.

  • Display of current geometry selection
  • Add to or subtract from selection
  • Add new element types without having to reselect everything
  • Double-click an element to edit it
 

Rotary Machining of Mill Features

Using the new Solids menu ► Rotary Mill Feature command it is now possible to manually identify and machine simple rotary features that are located on a cylinder. The Rotary Mill features can be machined on Milling and Mill/Turn machines. Typical simple mill features that can be detected and machined include:  

  • Helical grooves
  • Slots
  • General cavities (pockets, engraving etc)
  • Bosses (raised areas) on cylinders
 

Strategy Manager – Planning Board

The Planning Board is a user interface tool designed for use with machining strategies, and it is used in conjunction with the Feature Browser. The Planning Board gives greater control over the manufacture order and the application of strategies. It gives graphical feedback indicating which strategies have been applied.

  • Strategies can be applied one at a time, applied to a marked set or applied to all.
  • Strategies can be removed from the Planning Board if they are not required.
 

Start Simulation from any Instruction

Simulator has been enhanced in Edgecam 2012 R2 so that you can now start the simulation from any point in the instruction list. 

  • Use the Sequence Browser (now available in Simulator) to start  the simulation at any point by clicking the instruction in the list
  • Rewind to any previous point in simulation
  • No need to simulate the whole sequence each time, pick exactly which instructions to simulate

 

Edgecam 2012R1

2012 R1 is a release combining new strategies with an improved user interface across many aspects of the software. The strategies will make creating tool paths effortless and the improvements to the user interface will get your result much faster than before.

 

New Waveform Roughing Strategy

The new Waveform strategy ensures a constant tool load and smooth toolpath pattern, offering greater stability, more precise machining and faster metal removal.

  • Improved tool life
  • Constant engagement with material
  • Full flute cutting
  • Constant chip load
  • Superior material removal rates
  • Improved surface finish, potentially eliminating secondary cutting cycles
 

Slot Cycle Support for Features

Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces slot support in mill features. To allow you to machine the slots, the Slot cycle has been updated to work with solids.

  • New option to select Solids as cycle input
  • Machine slot in a single pass
  • Machine slot with a cut increment
  • Ramp approach moves into a closed slot
  • New options (Depth tab) to specify clearance, level and depth parameters associative to the solid model

Note
Please note that cycle functionality for 2D and 3D slots remains unchanged.

 

3 to 5-Axis Cycle Extended

The 3 to 5-Axis cycle for Profiling was introduced in the last release. In Edgecam 2012 R1 this has been extended to support eight more finishing cycles. The following cycles are now supported:

  • Profiling
  • Parallel Lace
  • Constant Cusp
  • Rest Finishing
  • Flow Surface
  • Project Boundary Collapse
  • Project Flow Curves
  • Project Circular Pattern
  • Pencil Mill

Note
The cycle is available with the 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling EN050-S and 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling for Education ENEDU-5 licenses.

 

Linear Axis Checking in Rotary Mode

Linear axis limit checking (introduced in the last version) has been extended in Edgecam 2012 R1 and now supports rotary mode in both the mill and mill/turn environment.


Edgecam reports when a cycle has exceeded the limits of the machine tool and indicates axis and direction. This allows you to take corrective action immediately.

  • Improved machine checking
  • Reduced prove out time
 

Improved Display and Editing of Cycle Selections

To improve the editing of Roughing, Profiling and 5-Axis cycles Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces a new way of editing individual elements of the cycle input.

Each selected element is now listed under the relevant cycle in the sequence browser and can be highlighted and edited individually.

  • Display of current geometry selection
  • Add to or subtract from selection
  • Add new element types without having to reselect everything
  • Edit several different items before choosing to regenerate the instruction

When an element is edited the current geometry is automatically selected in the graphics area and you can easily add to it or remove elements.
 

 

‘Update Stock’ Speed Improvements

The 'Update Stock' command now caches the stock model at each point. This means the next ‘Update Stock’ command will only process the cycles applied since the previous stock rather than the whole sequence each time. The new behaviour offers the following benefits:

  • Much faster after initial stock update
  • Improved regeneration time
  • In addition, you can now start Simulator from any Update Stock command
 

Reduce Sequence Regeneration for Index Command

Regeneration of Index commands has been improved in Edgecam 2012 R1.

Previously, changing any modifier in the Index command would cause subsequent instructions (instructions below the command in the list) to regenerate. The behaviour has changed and modifiers that do not affect the CPL position no longer cause a regeneration, speeding up the regeneration process.

For example, it is common to place machined parts onto a tombstone and then edit the work datum for each individual part. Previously this would have caused a regeneration of the sequence when editing the Index command even though the toolpath has not really changed.

 

Enhanced Turret Parking

Turret parking has been enhanced in Edgecam 2012 R1. The following enhancements give greater flexibility over how the tool is parked and allow you to consider the requirements of your machine:

  • For index type turrets you can now specify how the Z parking position is calculated by selecting the required option from the new Positioning Mode list.
  • For all turret types you can now override the default XYZ Park Positions set in the postprocessor.

Note
For ATC turrets the positioning mode list is not available. The positioning mode is always ‘fixed’ (Z parking positions are not offset). This remains unchanged from 2011 R2.

 

Tailstocks in Edgecam

Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces tailstock support. This allows machines to be configured with tailstock devices for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator.

  • In Code Wizard, specify parametric or custom tailstock graphics
  •  Control tailstock movements in Edgecam with graphical feedback
  • Simulation of tailstock movements and collision detection
  • Include tailstock moves in cycle time
 

Feature Support for Slots

It is now possible to detect and machine planar slots within Edgecam. Feature Finder has been enhanced to recognise areas that can be machined using the slotting cycle. ‘Slot features’ can be

  • Open ended slots, slots with radial bottom, nested slots, through slots, dog-leg slots...
  • Machined in a single pass
  • Found with Open Mill, Open Pocket, 2D Pocket/Boss and Contour Pocket/Boss feature types
 

Simulator Enhancements

These include:
• Start Simulation from any ‘Under Stock’ command
• Selecting an alternative toolkit for simulation
• Enhanced simulation output.


 

 

Loading Tools from Heidenhain Controller

You can now import tooling data directly from a Heidenhain iTNC530 controller, using the Import Heidenhain Tool Data option in ToolStore Administrator. Using a toolkit containing “real” tools allows you to

  • Manually Compare Edgecam tooling with the actual machine setup
  • Simulate using the actual tools that will be used for machining
 

PCI-JavaScript

Edgecam 2012 R1 introduces PCI-JavaScript. Rather than continue developing a bespoke language we have switched to supporting JavaScript. This is the industry standard language for the Web and will greatly enhance the flexibility for customisation.

  • Use an industry standard language
  • Access to file and operating systems
  • Talk directly to Microsoft Office applications
  • Continued support for PCI language
 

Improved Working with Surface Finish Attributes

Working with Surface Finish Attributes has been improved in Part Modeler 2012 R1. The following changes have been made to the Surface Attributes dialog:

  • The new surface finish viewer (opened by clicking the Show Attributes button) gives a visual comparison of surface finishes on each face of the component
  • You can now set a default finish for the whole component
  • Using the Match Attributes option you can set or edit attributes for multiple faces at the same time

As before, the attributes are inherited by Mill and Turn features that include the face, after feature finding in Edgecam. In turning, they can then be used as input to the Finish Turning and New Rough Turning cycle, so the feedrate can be adjusted by the Surface Finish value, for example. In milling, you can use the surface attributes when working with Strategy Manager strategies.

 

New Helical Groove Feature

In Part Modeler 2012 R1 it is now possible to produce helical grooves using the new 3D Construction ► Feature ► Helical Groove command. This new feature allows you to

  • Produce helical grooves with a square form, rounded square (corner radius in groove), round form and "V" form
  • Define features for helix design such as pitch, CLW/CCLW helix, start angle
 

New CAD Loader for Part Modeler

Part Modeler 2012 R1 introduces a new CAD loader that allows you to load Creo Parametric models into Part Modeler.


 

 

Emboss and Engrave Features

Part Modeler 2012 R1 offers a new 3DConstruction Feature Emboss/Engrave command that allows you to add an embossed or engraved feature to a component

  • Add features that are projected outward (embossed)
  • Add features that are projected inward (engraved)
  • Edit the model to add fillets/chamfers
  • Emboss or engrave text features
 

Rendered Image on Threads

In Part Modeler 2012 R1 it is now possible to render threads on models.

  • More realistic representation of threads on a solid model (internal and external threads)
  • Quickly and accurately view where threads are located on the solid model
  • Thread information is carried through to Edgecam for machining

Edgecam 2011R2

2011 R2 is a release that once again includes something for all users of Edgecam, from improvements to the importing of CAD data, feature recognition and into manufacture where new cycles and options are available before full collision checking in Simulator.

 

New Flow Surface Cycle

The new Flow Surface cycle follows the flow of the surfaces which is ideal for machining fillets and 3D surfaces.  The cycle offers the following benefits:

  • Improved surface finish.
  • Helical support to reduce link moves.
  • Multiple face and surface support.
 

3 to 5 Axis Cycle

You can now convert a Profiling to a 5-axis cycle by using the new 3 to 5-Axis Cycle command. The new cycle is available with ballnose tools and

  • Allows you to use shorter tools for improved stability.
  • Protects the shank and holder from collisions.
  • Offers an easy method to create a 5-axis cycle.

Linear Axis Limit Checking

Edgecam will now report when a cycle has exceeded the limits of the machine tool and indicate axis and direction.  This allows you to take corrective action immediately.

  • Improved machine checking.
  • Reduced prove out time.
 

Full Collision Checking in Simulator

Following improvements to collision checking in the last version, Simulator has been further enhanced in Edgecam 2011 R2. You can now check all machine graphics against the stock, fixtures and other parts of the machine.

  • Visual indications of all collisions.
  • Collisions displayed in output window.
  • Offline checking of machine setup allows you to carry out actual setup with confidence and get it ‘right first time’
 

Improved View Management

View management has been enhanced in version 2011 R2. New options to control the views are available in Edgecam and Simulator:

  • Dynamic view rotation.
  • Relative to world co-ordinates, machine co-ordinates or CPL.
  • Dockable window for optimised screen layout.
  • Four ISO views to choose from.
 

Roughing Cycle Toolpath Re-ordering


 


 

 

Faster Loading and Picking of Solid Models

The storage of solid models in the Edgecam part file has been improved.

  • Up to 30% faster loading times.
  • Changing between render modes (wireframe, hidden line, solid) up to 10 times faster.
 

Creating Surfaces from Faces

A new Copy from Surface option has been added to the Solids menu ►Geometry command that allows you to create surfaces from the faces of solid models.

  • Useful when working with the 5-axis cycles and operations.
  • Gives you the ability to trim or extend these surfaces to improve or help define a 5-Axis cycle.
 

Improved What's New Documentation

What’s New in Edgecam 2011 R2 is now a single, easy-to-read document in PDF format.
As always, the document highlights new features and enhancements in this release. In addition, the new format offers a number of benefits:

  • Eliminate confusion caused by having two different files with different content.
  • Easier to print part of or the complete document.
  • Improved navigation (table of contents, bookmarks and hyperlinks).

Edgecam 2011R1

Enhanced Collision Detection

The latest release of Edgecam provides complete peace of mind with further collision detection for both milling and turning including:

  • Tool Collisions
  • Holder Collisions
  • Turret/Head Collisions
  • Fixture Collisions
  • Table Collisions

With Edgecam you can have confidence that your toolpaths are collision free using Edgecam's Machine Tool Simulator.

 

Part Modeler

Part Modeler. Edgecam's powerful manufacturing solid modeling solution, has been enhanced to deliver users greater assemblies manipulation.
 

 

Strategy Manager

Strategy Manager, Edgecam's powerful automation tool, now has updated and an increased number of strategies included.
 

 

Edgecam Toolstore

Edgecam 2011 R1 provides users with the most powerful Edgecam Toolstore to date. Enhancements to the toolstore enable users to merge toolstores together retaining tool, material and job information, allowing for transfer of toolstores between departments or even a differnet factory.
 

 

Edgecam Composite Feature

A new composite feature has been introduced in Edgecam 2011 R1, enablling users to collect together their roughing cycles on the same plane to improve toolpath efficiency.
 

 

Roughing Cycle for Milling

The roughing cycle for milling has been improved to provide users significant time savings in toolpath calculation with benchmark tests showing that some users will benefit from a five-fold reduction in calculation time.

Edgecam 2010R2

Background Processing & Multi Threading

Edgecam release 2010 R2 delivers significant productivity improvements through the ability to carry out multiple toolpath calculations in background. Internal testing at Planit software Ltd. has shown that up to 4 times faster toolpath creation can be achieved. Furthermore whilst background processing takes place the user can continue building the instruction sequence in the foreground without restriction.
 

 

Angled Head Support

Full support for angled head tools in the Milling environment is now available.

Extending Edgecam’s already extensive 3, 4 and 5 Axis solutions. This provides additional machining capabilities and combined with enhancements to the Edgecam Tool Store, using these tools is made easy.
 

 

Feature Finder

The feature finder has been enhanced to complement the angled head support, enabling you to identify and machine hole features within components, providing greater flexibility in the way you manufacture components.

An additional enhancement to the feature finder operation is the ability to choose whether you would like to rough and finish features individually or complete the roughing operation for all features and subsequently finish them. This provides the ability to reduce machining times by completing operations in the most efficient way.
 

 

Multi Tool

Utilisation of multi tools dramatically saves time in the machining process, removing the time consuming need to completely change the tool. The latest release of Edgecam provides complete support for multiple tools in a single tool position, such as Sandvik Mini Turrets. With full simulation of multi tools you can be sure their manufacturing will be collision free.
 

 

Hole Feature Finder

The hole feature finder has been enhanced, with the ability to define specific hole attributes that can be named and stored for later use.

Combined with Edgecam’s knowledge based manufacturing solution, Strategy Manager, you can automatically apply specific manufacturing processes where the defined hole feature is present. You can utilise the “feature teacher” to define features that can be machined with special purpose tools or where there is a common hole feature that is typically used across a number of components. Whatever the hole feature, this new enhancement provides significant improvement to hole machining productivity.
 

 

Thread Mill

Edgecam 2010 R2 develops the extensive Thread Mill capabilities into the Mill Turn environment, delivering a greater number of machining capabilities and functionality. In addition, the Thread Mill operation for milling has been enhanced to provider greater ease of use.