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SolidCAM has introduced InventorCAM 2014 for Autodesk Investor. There have been more than 100 enhancements across all its modules: Imachining 2D and 3D, 2.5D Milling, HSS, HSR/HSM, Sim 5X, Turning, Advanced Mill-Turn for multi-turret and multi-spindle machines, as well as a new module: Solid Probe.

InventorCAM provides software modules for all types of CNC application and includes the company’s Imachining technology.

As a Certified Autodesk Inventor Partner, InventorCAM is seamlessly integrated inside the CAD system and has full toolpath associativity with the Inventor model, automatically revising CAM toolpaths to keep up with any design changes.

InventorCAM 2014 enhancements

2.5D Milling module

  • Additional Toolbox roughing and finishing operations have been added, while threading and engraving operations have been enhanced.
  • In addition, the HSS complementary module for surface machining has been upgraded with new lead-in ramping options.

3D Milling/High-Speed Roughing/High-Speed Machining

  • New algorithms provide additional strategies and benefits.
  • These include Hybrid Machining, faster multi-core calculation, which uses the full power of your computer’s processors, and smoother surface finishes.

Simultaneous 5X module

  • New tilting options have been added and improvements made to the SWARF, 5X Drill and Convert HSM to Sim 5X operation, which converts three-axis machining to five-axis machining.
  • Sim 5X has three new powerful options, while the new Multi-blade machining operation easily handles impellers and bladed disks, with multiple strategies for efficiently roughing and finishing every part of these complex shapes.
  • The Port machining operation is a new and easy-to-use method for machining ports with lollipop milling tools.
  • Four strategies are provided to completely finish a port: Roughing, Rest Rough, Spiral and Plunge Finishing.
  • For deburring and trimming, the Contour five-axis machining strategy tilts the tool along a chained 3D profile according to defined tilt lines, making it suitable for these processes.

Advanced Mill-Turn module

  • The module handles any type of multi-turret and multi-spindle CNC machine and sets the standard for easy programming for these complicated machines.
  • The machine control operation, balanced roughing, multi-turret synchronisation and full machine tool simulation have all been extensively improved.

Imachining 2D/3D module

  • Imachining 2D’s Technology Wizard provides users with fast cycle times, saves 70 per cent machining time and gives significantly longer tool life.
  • With the Imachining 3D module, users can automatically produce a complete, ready-to-run CNC program with optimal cutting conditions for 3D parts.
  • This is achieved by the software’s Technology Wizard roughing and rest roughing a complete 3D part, with true scallop on all slops, all in a single operation.
  • Imachining 3D, combined with its full-depth, step-down, intelligent step-up, localised machining and smart positioning, achieves the shortest optimal cycle time for roughing and semi-finishing of moulds and complex 3D parts.
  • Imachining 3D makes it easy to mill prismatic parts, which include hundreds of pockets and islands. This can be done in one operation without the need for defining geometry chains from the solid model of the part and the solid model of the stock.
  • Imachining 3D will generate the toolpaths automatically and optimally, producing significant time savings.
  • In InventorCAM 2014, the Imachining 3D tool path is automatically adjusted to avoid collisions between the holder and the updated stock at every stage. Without holder consideration tools need to be safe for machining. By taking the holder into account, Imachining 3D enables engineers to use short rigid cutters.
  • New in InventorCAM 2014 is an option for step-up rest-rough, after each step-down, leaving more room for toolholder avoidance, allowing more of the part to be machined in one operation.

Solid Probe

  • Solid Probe enables the user to do the set-up and to perform part measurement cycles during machining.
  • Additionally, it supports tool presetters and tool detection.
  • Machining operations and Probe operations are intermixed in the CAM manager, with both using the same geometry.
  • Should the solid model change, both the machining and probe operations automatically synchronise to the new design, keeping full associativity between product development and product manufacture.

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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