WorkNC 2017 R1 is the first version under the new six-month cycle release plan. Brand Manager Miguel Johann says: “This allows us to deliver the latest features to our customers much faster, keeping them on the cutting edge of technology.”
Time Savings: Increased Productivity
One of the major new items of functionality is the Parallel Finishing toolpath, based on the paradigm-shifting “Advanced Toolform” technology from Vero Software. The new Parallel Finishing toolpath calculation considers the real physical geometry of the cutting tool, whether it is a high-feed cutter, a standard tool or whatever form of convex tool shape.
Miguel Johann says: “We invite customers and prospects to break away from the limitations of standard tool shapes and explore the world of High Feed Cutter shapes.” And he explains why this technology is so important for improving productivity. “Touching the part with a bigger radius results in smaller and smoother cusps, which are more widely spaced, allowing the use of larger stepovers and machining times to be reduced by up to 80 per cent. Furthermore, thanks to this new technology, positive or negative stock allowances can be defined. This is new.”
A myriad of other innovative features allowing important time savings in terms of programming are available in WorkNC 2017 R1. For example, 3D Tool Compensation, which is a unique new feature for 3 axis and 3+2 axis machining. “No more need to program and calculate several different toolpaths to determine the required result. And this applies to whatever controller is fitted to the milling center.”
Among other highly anticipated improvements by established users of WorkNC is the Dynamic Calculation Queueing function which offers important time savings. Operators can now launch the creation of several toolpaths one after the other, run postprocessors, or check for eventual tool holder collisions without having to wait until the end of the calculations in progress.
High Performance, Top Quality Machining
WorkNC 2017 R1 ensures improved quality and machining performance on large parts, with the addition of the new 3 Axis Special Vertical Rotation strategy in Auto5, offering a genuine solution for out-of-limit conditions. This takes advantage of the machine’s capabilities to trigger automatic table rotation to provide continuous machining, ensuring minimal setup down time and higher surface quality.
5-axis machining welcomes the new Manual option to the existing Surface, Curve and Axis modes for creating and editing 5-axis curve sets. “Say goodbye to jerky machine head movements. Users can quickly and progressively adjust tool orientation during the curve creation process while maintaining precise control of machine head rotational movements. Toolpath fluidity and surface finishing are both greatly improved. This option is recommended for engraving and trimming operations,” says Miguel Johann.
Flexibility and user autonomy
WorkNC 2017 R1 addresses the need for further autonomy and flexibility of the machine operator in the workshop. The new WorkNC Shop Floor Editor is a genuine analysis tool which allows toolpaths to be displayed, simulated and checked before running the routines on the machine. With this independence, operators will be able to rapidly postprocess toolpaths in the machining context, predefined by the CAM programmer, and then run the toolpaths on the machine itself.
The new WorkNC Launcher presents the entire suite of WorkNC tools to the user, as well as a customizable zone for users to drag and drop their favourite applications or folders. And the new ToolStore, shared with other Vero Software CAM solutions, is based on a modern user interface. This application is compatible with other tool libraries available on the market. Tool duplication is no longer necessary; a single tool can have different cutting conditions according to the material to be machined.
The continuous and regular improvements made to existing toolpaths are reflected in both the Z-Level Finishing and Waveform Roughing toolpaths. “These ensure that WorkNC users fully benefit from new algorithms and machining technologies, offering best-in-class machining efficiency,” concludes Miguel Johann.
SourceHexagon Manufacturing Intelligence