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SmartCAMCNC has announced the field test release of SmartCAM Version 17.0.

Version 17.0 features advanced milling improvements, including a Z-level roughing process and enhancements to the solid pocketing process, and core enhancements to the entire SmartCAM suite of computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) system software, such as web-format report generation, improvements to graphics printing and new capabilities to store the mask and visibility state with named views.

The SmartCAM product range consists of applications for computer numerical control (CNC) milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM.

Version 17.0 is suitable for milling users working with both prismatic and freeform solid models.

The new Z-Level Rough process incorporates the features found in the Solid Pocket process introduced in Version 16, such as critical depth processing and multiple start points, and extends these capabilities to allow roughing strategies to be applied to virtually any part configuration consisting of cores, cavity and open pockets and profiles.

The new process is found in the SmartCAM Advanced Milling, Advanced Turning and Freeform Machining applications.

The roughing regions are determined based on the selected part features and a specified stock.

Roughing strategies can be automatically switched, for example applying inside-out spiral strategies to cavity regions and outside-in to cores.

Additionally, open-profile regions can be machined with unidirectional or bidirectional profiling passes.

These new capabilities save time and reduce job complexity by allowing one machining process to machine many varying features, according to the company.

A new HTML-based report generator added to all SmartCAM applications is intended to improve the flexibility and quality of job and shop-floor documentation.

The new web report generator allows a single report to include both tool and process step information along with job header and part graphic images.

The customisable report format framework enables the user to tailor their reports to fit their exact needs, such as by adding tool and model images.

SmartCAMCNC claims that enhancements to graphic printing provide high-quality, high-resolution printouts that can be scaled directly to the current system units.

A new print preview allows print settings to be verified before generating the printout.

The existing Named View capabilities have been extended to allow users to specify exactly which view parameters are to be captured with the named view.

View orientation, size, position, mask and visibility states can all be specified and saved independently.

These capabilities allow users to toggle between various views that would have required the execution of many commands to replicate in previous versions.

Predefined named views can now be referenced when generating job reports, allowing corresponding images to be captured and embedded in the report automatically.

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