SmartCAMcnc has announced the release of SmartCAM v2014. SmartCAM v2014 delivers a redesigned and improved user interface that assists in usability, ease of learning and user efficiency, plus a variety of milling process modeling, toolpath verification and geometry modeling improvements.
The SmartCAM product family consists of CAM applications for computer-numerical control (CNC) milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM.
SmartCAM v2014 introduces extensive user interface updates that give the product a more modern look and feel while also making it easier to learn and use. New panel task menus and customizable toolbars make it more convenient to access frequently used commands, and new configuration options allow the system to be tailored to make best use of screen workspace.
Additionally, the SmartCAM undo mechanism has been completely re-written to allow multiple undo or redo of all modeling tasks, a significant advantage over previous versions.
"SmartCAM v2014 users will first notice the new user interface which is a logical evolution of the familiar SmartCAM modeling environment." said Douglas Oliver, SmartCAMcnc’s senior product manager. "The new task bar menus, coupled with the ability to configure custom toolbars provide users extremely quick and convenient access to their most-commonly used tasks, substantially improving efficiency and productivity."
"And of course the new undo allows users the flexibility to try various machining strategies with the ability to quickly revert to a prior model state," Oliver went on to say. "That is a huge improvement that every user will enjoy."
Improvements to the milling processes increase toolpath reliability and efficiency, and reduce the number of steps required to re-machine remaining material and generate wireframe profiling toolpath. New arc connections in SmartCAM's facing and region rough processes provide a "high-speed machining" technique that prevents abrupt direction changes which may be potentially harmful to machinery.
The ShowCut and ShowPath toolpath verification modules have been enhanced to make better use of standard tooling by providing improved visualization of turning-tool holders, and allowing milling-tool holders to be used with parametrically defined tools. New collision reporting and holder checking capabilities assists users in finding potential problems.
SmartCAM v2014 also boasts a number of significant improvements to SmartCAM's modeling capabilities. These improvements make it easier to define complex profiles using limited dimensional data, or by performing Boolean modeling operations on multiple closed boundaries.
All SmartCAM v2014 products will benefit from an updated ACIS modeling kernel as well as updated native and generic data translators.
"The hallmark of SmartCAM is the toolpath modeling that allows CAM toolpath to be created in the same way as CAD geometry. But getting across the concept of toolpath modeling to new users has proven sometimes difficult," added Oliver. "The user interface improvements in SmartCAM v2014 help new users grasp toolpath modeling much more quickly while at the same time making the daily use by existing users more direct and efficient."