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At a recent conference in Hannover, Germany, resellers of SolidCAM gathered to share information and catch up with the latest developments in the CAM software, with a particular focus on Imachining, which can reduce cycle times by as much as 70 per cent and maximise productivity from machinery and tooling. The Solid Probe module was also introduced at the event.

Closer integration between SolidCAM 2013 and Solidworks is said to make the software even easier to use, while advances in five-axis machining provide new blade and port machining capabilities. In addition, multi-core calculation, which makes full use of the latest computer technology, has sped up calculation, reducing programming times.

Imachining 3D sees the addition of toolholder collision avoidance, enabling shorter tools to be used. For mill-turn applications, which can also benefit from Imachining, advances in balanced roughing, synchronisation of turrets and support of sub-spindles and B axis, makes this a powerful module for multi-turret and multi-spindle CNC machines.

The Solid Probe module  allows users to define the setup home position and perform part measurement cycles during machining. It is completely integrated with other SolidCAM operations. Additionally, it supports tool presetters and tool breakage detection.

Machining operations and probe operations are intermixed in the CAM manager, using the same geometry. Should the solid model change, both the machining and probe operations automatically synchronise to the alteration.

Founded in 1984 by its managing director Dr Emil Somekh, SolidCAM provides manufacturing customers with a full powerful suite of CAM software modules for 2.5D milling, 3D milling, high-speed machining, multi-sided indexial four/five axes milling, simultaneous five axes milling, turning, turn-mill up to seven axes and WireEDM.

SolidCAM is the leader in integrated CAM and provides the highest level of CAD integration, with seamless, single-window integration and full associativity to SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor. The integration ensures the automatic update of tool paths for CAD revisions. SolidCAM powers up the user’s CAD system into the best integrated CAD/CAM solution. SolidCAM has today more than 15,000 seats installed. The company has been on a very rapid growth path since it implemented its CAD integration strategy. SolidCAM is sold by a worldwide reseller network in 50 countries.

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