April 29, 2013
The latest release of Alphacam software introduces the initial implementation of a new solid simulation module.
Amongst the many improvements and enhancements, the new simulation module includes support for machine configuration components, mill/routing operations, 3-axis machining, 4/5 axis positioning and simultaneous, nutated head/table combinations, and additional XY part rotation combinations.
Enhanced simulation is just one of a host of new and upgraded features in Alphacam 2013 R2. Others include full compatibility with Windows 8; a new NC Output Manager add-in; API expansion; additional process support in the BTL Translator; enhancements to cabinet door manufacturing; and Part Modeler enhancements.
New NC Output Manager Add-In: Enhanced NC output functionality includes output via single or multiple preset configurations
• File location
• File type
• Post processor
And output of specific operation setups to separate NC files.
API Expansion: Many add-ins can now be controlled through the Alphacam Add-Ins 1.0 Type Library, providing additional support and flexibility for special projects or bespoke applications such as AutoQueries, AutoStyles, NC Output Manager, Raster to Vector, Reports, Split Nest, and many more.
BTL Translator: This add-in has been improved to contain layout output configurations as well as support for Birds Mouth, Ridge or Valley Cut, Lap Joint, and Free Contour processes.
Cabinet Door Manufacturing: Amongst a number of enhancements, the three major ones are new handle drilling functionality, support for nesting zones, and performance improvements with large databases.
Part Modeler Enhancements: All Part Modeler CAD loaders are now included in the Part Modeler license – NX, ACIS, Inventor, CATIA V5 and Creo Parametric.
There is also improved functionality in the commands for Move Faces, 3D Mirror, and Analyse Profile. Move Faces now moves pockets and bosses around the model, either from the original CAD datum position, or relative to a user defined position using Translation and Rotation options. Areas of features can be modified...for example, pocket walls and boss heights on an imported third-party model. Individual faces can be moved with Translation and Rotation in X, Y or Z.
A new Copy feature of 3D Mirror copies the entities, while also retaining the originals. If the originals are later edited, the mirrored entities will not be updated. And the new Move command moves the entities about a defined mirror plane.
Analyse Profile can identify gaps or overlaps in profiles to be extruded or swept. And the dialog has been enhanced, improving feedback, making it easier to identify issues.