SolidCAM has released the latest version of its powerful CAM system for Autodesk Inventor. The company claims the Autodesk certified product InventorCAM 2012 iMachining module reduces cycle times and increases tool life dramatically.
Autodesk Inventor users will be able to achieve dramatic increases in productivity for CNC machining with InventorCAM 2012 due to its single window integration in Inventor. InventorCAM provides the same look and feel in CAM as in CAD, greatly reducing the learning curve, enabling engineers to quickly generate efficient and safe toolpaths directly from the CAM toolbar, inside Autodesk Inventor.
The iMachining technology in Inventor-CAM 2012 uses morphing spiral cuts and controlled step-over algorithms to enable tools to cut at their full depth, without suffering from shock loading or rubbing.
Cutting at full depth helps to spread the load over the length of the tool, instead of the bottom few millimeters, while precise control of chip thickness keeps cutting loads steady, enabling far greater metal removal rates to be achieved, even in hard materials.
Applications which require the use of small diameter tools benefit particularly from iMachining. Optimised feeds and speeds are automatically generated by the software’s technology wizard, taking into account the properties of the machine, tool, material, geometry and the user’s selected aggressiveness level for cutting.
iRest and iFinish technologies are an integral part of this process, cutting the rest material with smaller and smaller cutters so that the final finish path can be cut at full depth and chatter free.
InventorCAM 2012 is powerful for its ability to drive multi-spindle and multi-turret mill-turn centers. InventorCAM 2012 takes advantage of iMachining for these applications to overcome the problems associated with low rigidity and over long tooling setups.
By lowering the aggressiveness of cutting and utilising the constant tool loading produced by iMachining, programmers can compensate for less than perfect cutting conditions, enabling the machine tool to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity in a collision free environment.
Simultaneous 5-axis milling, multi-sided indexing, high speed surface machining and 3D high speed surface machining in InventorCAM 2012 give engineers the ability to cut the most complex parts designed in Autodesk Inventor, while turning, mill-turn and wire EDM modules extend the software to program all the machines in the workshop.
SolidCAM says learning the software is easy – with an intuitive Autodesk Inventor like interface, experienced designers will quickly become proficient in InventorCAM 2012.
Online tutorials provide 24/7 self-teach opportunities to make it easy to optimise CNC programming and machining productivity and are supplemented by the worldwide InventorCAM support network. InventorCAM 2012 helps companies designing in Autodesk Inventor, to rapidly generate fast and highly productive machining operations, resulting in reduced costs, shortened delivery times and higher quality and profitability.
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