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SmartcamCNC has announced the field test release of Smartcam v16.5.

Version 16.5 delivers enhancements to the Smartcam suite of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system software, including automated turning toolpath created directly from a solid model, as well as solid model verification and usability improvements.

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

Version 16.5 continues the solids-machining theme found in the many recent releases, and adds improvements for the everyday use of solid data in Smartcam.

‘Following directly on our recent addition of prismatic milling of solids in our advanced products, we are now introducing solid machining capabilities to Smartcam Advanced Turning,’ said Doug Oliver, senior product manager at SmartcamCNC.

‘These new automated toolpath creation capabilities provide Smartcam Turning customers with an improvement in productivity,’ he added.

These processes allow the Smartcam Advanced Turning user to create roughing, semi-finishing and finishing toolpath directly from the surfaces of a solid model in a single step.

The roughing options are linear roughing, contour roughing and groove roughing; the semi-finishing and finishing toolpath are created using the profile process.

Smartcam v16.5 also provides a variety of core improvements that make it easier to work with solids data, and for making the everyday use of Smartcam faster and more straightforward.

These improvements include: pop-up menus for step and layer lists; radial slice of solids; single-click selection of profile and tangent surfaces; graphical display of conic centres for wireframe arcs, ellipses and helices, as well as for surface cones, spheres and torus; surface conic centre snapping and optional projection of cursor coordinates to model surfaces; and improved element data display and measurement.

Another change that has been made is found in the Showcut verification module that allows complex verification stock and fixturing to be created from an ACIS solid or STL model.

Showcut verification is included with all Smartcam milling and turning applications.

Other changes help ensure Smartcam’s compatibility with the current popular CAD systems.

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