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Geometric has released CAMWorks 2010, the latest version of its solids-based CNC programming solution.

This computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software is suitable for automotive port finishing, impellers, turbine blades, cutting tools, five-axis trimming and undercut machining.

Various improvements have been made to enable users to program parts faster and more easily.

For turning, the ability to define variable allowances along the feature provides more control while reducing the time and complexity of programming.

For turning and mill/turn machining involving irregular casting stock shapes, an STL file can now be used to represent the stock.

While creating a more realistic simulation, this also simplifies the stock definition and results in a more efficient and predictable tool path.

CAMWorks 2010 includes many improvements to multi-axis machining; these improvements enable tool-path generation on increasingly complex part models, according to the company.

New controls have been added to simplify the processing of impellers and blisks.

Safely entering and retracting from the part has become more flexible and easier than previous versions.

Visualisation enhancements have been made to feature, tooling and stock display.

These changes offer a more realistic representation of the machining environment to simplify programming and improve productivity.

The computation for machining time has been modified and updated to provide a more accurate estimate.

This information can be used for costing and process planning purposes.

Support for SQL Server Express has also been added to improve performance in large-scale deployments of CAMWorks.

CAMWorks is a Solidworks-certified Gold CAM product that provides machining capabilities integrated in Solidworks.

According to the company, CAMWorks can run within Solidworks or as part of a cost-effective computer-aided-design (CAD)/CAM package that includes CAMWorks Solids and an integrated solid modeller.

CAMWorks 2010 supports Solidworks 2009 and 2010 running under 32- and 64-bit XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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