One of the major highlights of the 2020.0 release of ALPHACAM are enhancements to the Post-processor engine, delivering what is described as best-in-class cutting edge technology.
Post-Processor Driven Simulation
ALPHACAM delivers on top-level functionality and flexibility. Post-driven Simulations are simply head-and-shoulders above any other Simulation system.
The enhancements mean the post-processor engine directly configures and deploys a simulation session, resulting in more realistic motion, as well as the ability to support cycles such as M6, and additional hardware that has previously been underutilised or ignored. This new functionality is truly an Industry-first and will surely to become a new standard.
Automation Manager Wizards
Automation Manager now goes beyond automating your process by providing a guided and intuitive interface which allows you to get to work in the shortest time possible.
The Automation suite has been enhanced, improving the user’s experience and productivity when creating and deploying job configurations. Whether setting up a first automation job, or whether the user is involved in complex and dynamic environments, the new Setup Wizards will make short work of daily production tasks.
Direct Machine Solid Faces
ALPHACAM allows you to interact with your solids beyond feature recognition by efficiently machining a solid face directly and with total granularity of control.
ALPHACAM sets a new standard by allowing direct interaction. Previously, we enhanced our solids interaction by allowing users to saw a solid face directly. The Rough/Finish command (profiling) now allows the user to directly select and machine a solid face. And if your machine supports tool compensation on custom orientations (planes), this option provides the ability to create precision parts with minimal effort, via the use of G41/G42.
Advanced 5-Axis functionality has been updated to include numerous improvements.
Two new key features include the ability to integrate the Toolpath Optimiser into a core cycle which can then be stored in a machining style and deployed with Automation; and the Advanced 5-Axis functionality has been updated to include Barrel Mill and Double Profile Tools. Improvements in SWARF machining, multi-axis roughing and toolpath smoothing are also included in ALPHACAM 2020.0.
Intelligent Offset Command
The geometry offset command is now intelligent and dynamic, making all operations more productive, whether the user wants to simply retain attributes and information on the geometry, or to completely re-assign machining cycle parameters to a newly created offset.
This new feature delivers an intuitive and simple way of changing toolpaths for everything from simple tasks such as passing associative/dynamic profile machining data, to complex ones including re-assigning a boundary to a 3D surfacing method.
Nested Part Order
ALPHACAM allows you to re-define the order and sequence of paths in a nested sheet with incredible flexibility. Even in complex parts with multiple operations.
Improvements In Saw Cycle
While ALPHACAM has always enjoyed a superior sawing command, we have now increased the flexibility and functionality for real-world conditions, providing you with unprecedented control over the Sawing Cycle.
Improvements In Parametric Rules
ALPHACAM now delivers best-in-class functionality for managing complex situations in parametric environments. Create simple rules which may impact a multitude of layers or parameters in one compact conditional statement.