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At Euromold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, on 3–6 December 2013, SolidCAM exhibited its latest SolidCAM and InventorCAM versions, seamlessly integrated in Solidworks and Autodesk Inventor respectively, providing what is claimed to be an ideal CAM solution for any factory in the mould-making sector.

In SolidCAM’s latest versions, there have been enhancements to its Imachining 3D, HSM and Simultaneous Five-Axis modules, which are said to be particularly beneficial for mould and insert machining.

At Euromold, the SolidCAM team and two of its resellers in Germany, DPS and Coffee, exhibited on five demonstration stations, showing the latest versions of SolidCAM Solidworks and InventorCAM Inventor.

Live cutting demonstrations were carried out on a Grob G350-1239 five-axis machining centre, cutting 1.2379 tool steel with Imachining 2D and 3D, using cutters ranging from 16mm in diameter down to 1.5mm in diameter. Toolpaths also included simultaneous 5x roughing and swarfing cutting operations.

Representatives from the Hoffman Group were present on the SolidCAM booth as Hoffman tools were used for the live cutting demonstrations on the Grob machine.

Key features and benefits

Imachining 3D

  • Imachining 3D automatically produces a complete, ready-to-run CNC program, with optimal cutting conditions to rough, rest rough and semi-finish a complete 3D part, with True Scallop on all slopes, all in a single operation.
  • According to SolidCAM, Imachining 3D provides excellent 3D machining results, regularly providing 70 per cent savings in machining time, reaching up to 90 per cent savings compared with other CAM systems.

HSM

  • The company’s HSM module generates an optimised 3D finish toolpath for any mould or insert part.
  • The result of HSM is an efficient and smooth toolpath, translating to very high surface quality.

Simultaneous Five-Axis module

  • Latest enhancements include Multi-Axis Drill and Contour Five-Axis and changes to the Convert HSM to Sim Five-Axis strategy.
  • The Convert HSM to Sim Five-Axis strategy enables the simple conversion of 3D HSM toolpaths to full five-axis toolpaths. This produces better surface quality through the use of different tool tilting strategies and short cutters.

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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