American Machinist

Software offers functionality and easy programming.(Bits & Bytes)

THE LATEST RELEASE OF POWERMILL CAM SOFTWARE, PowerMill 5, includes a streamlined user interface, new opportunities for programming automation, improved rest roughing, variable-thickness machining, and more comprehensive collision checking. In addition, PowerMill 5 reflects improvements in machining based on a drive surface. This technique gives the user better control over cutting conditions and reduces excessive head movement resulting from programs based on machining at a fixed angle to the component surface.

The software ignores surfaces that are not required for a particular calculation. This feature is beneficial for machining products like aerospace blisks, where the same shape is duplicated a number of times within the component. …

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