SmartCAM v2019 Released
All SmartCAM 2019 applications
NEWS RELEASE: SmartCAMcnc announces release of SmartCAM
New Verification Module for Milling and Turning, Code
Output, Rotary Axis, User Interface, and Milling
SmartCAM v2019: Adaptive
SmartCAMcnc announces release of SmartCAM v2019
October 23, 2019 - Springfield, Oregon -
delivers new Adaptive Solid-Pocket and Solid-Planar
Processes in the SmartCAM Advanced Milling™, Advanced
Turning™, and Freeform Machining™ applications, providing
consistent-engagement high-speed milling toolpath for
roughing Solid or Surface Models. Also included are many
customer-requested changes to the SmartCAM user interface
and core functionality. Additionally, a variety of
improvements to NC code generation provide added
New Adaptive Solid Pocket
"Following the well received
integration of Adaptive Roughing technology to our wireframe
processes in v2018, we're excited to be continuing that with
our solids processes in v2019. Our Advanced Milling and
Turning, and FreeForm users will now be able to quickly and
easily create high speed adaptive milling toolpath directly
from a solid," said Doug Oliver, Senior Product Manager at
The new Adaptive Solid Pocket Process
is used to create consistent-engagement high speed rough
milling toolpath when pocketing on Solid or Surface Models.
The CAD solid model may contain a
single or multiple closed pocket features, and can be
comprised of any number of islands and 'shelves'.
Pocket walls can be vertical or drafted and bottom fillet
radii are supported by the process.
New Adaptive Solid Planar Process
A new Adaptive Solid Planar Roughing
Process has been added to the Adaptive Milling Toolpath
Modeling Task Set.
The process is used to create
consistent-engagement high speed rough milling toolpath when
it is required to remove material from a stock volume on
Solid or Surface-models. The model may consist of any
combination of core and cavity features, with open or
closed, blind or through regions, and can include any number
of islands and 'shelves'. The process is suitable
for roughing simple prismatic parts through to
complex-surface molds and dies.
"We have had many users provide
positive feedback on their experiences using the adaptive
processes, and we anticipate they will find the solid pocket
and planar adaptive processes even more productive," Oliver
went on to say.
SmartCAM User Interface Improvements
SmartCAM v2019 benefits from detail changes that deliver a
further refined and refreshed appearance, and improved ease
of use to all of the SmartCAM applications.
- Individually Sized
Toolbars - the size of individual toolbars is
easily set by right-clicking on it and using the fly-out
menu to select a large, medium or small setting for that
- Optional Text on Toolbars
- An option has been introduced to allow the display of
text around the icon used on toolbar buttons.
- Toolbar Sets - A
Toolbar Set stores the Toolbars that are enabled in the
user interface, where they are located on-screen, their
orientation, the icon size for each Toolbar, and whether
button text is displayed and where it is positioned as
per the user's preferences.
- Zoom View to Active Group
- The ability to zoom the graphics view to the extent of
the selected "Active" group has been added.
- Gradient background in
the graphics window.
Improvements to NC Code
- Handling of Hole-Milling
operations - The result of multiple customer
requests, a new Code Generator Section is called to
handle Milled Hole (as opposed to drilled) machining
operations, the Code Generator calls this new section
when a Hole Feature Element is being machined with a
non-hole operation type.
- Code Generator / Macro
System Integration - The ability to set
Decimal, Integer and String Macro variables during Code
Generation has been added.
- Wrapped Geometry Handling
improvements - provide both higher quality
toolpath and better handling of it by the code
Core Improvements Include
- New 64-bit SmartCAM
applications - SmartCAM v2019 NC applications
are now available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
The 64-bit version makes better use of modern computer
hardware, allowing it to run applications quicker and
address more RAM memory.
- Knowledge-Based Machining
Enhancements - Improved associativity for the
Knowledge Base Manager.
- Verification - View
Section - When SmartCAM Verification is paused,
View Section Parameters can be used to change the view
section settings and the updated settings will be
- Wire EDM Upper / Lower
Guide Offsets - The Wire EDM Roughing and
Finishing operations now include new wire guide offset
inputs. The Upper Guide Offset specifies the distance
from the toolpath Prof Top to the wire top above. The
Lower Guide Offset specifies the distance from the
toolpath Level to the wire bottom below. These settings
are used by Verify when displaying wire electrodes.
- Updated solid modeling
kernel - SmartCAM v2019 includes the
most-current ACIS® 2018 SP2 Solid Modeling kernel.
- Updated data translators
- SmartCAM v2019 includes updated CAD data translators
for SOLIDWORKS® data files.
"The user interface improvements give
SmartCAM a fresh new look, but even more importantly allow
each user to better configure the application to their
specific needs. Customization has always been a core
strength of SmartCAM, and this release continues to build on
it," said Oliver
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