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10 September 2007

Product News

SolidCAM Releases Version R11.2

SolidCAM announced the release of SolidCAM2007 R11.2.

SolidCAM 2007 R11.2 features enhancements to all areas of machining including 2.5D and 3D Milling, Automatic feature recognition and machining, Machining Processes, Turn-Mill and WireEDM. Important enhancements of the High Speed machining and simultaneous 5-axis milling modules in SolidCAM make these powerful tools even more useful for SolidCAM customers.

SolidCAM2007 R11.2 provides several new options that enable easier definition of Coordinate Systems, including the automatic generation of sketch points at the corners, in the middle of each edge, at the centers of the planes, and of the box surrounding the model and also the definition of the coordinate system with the Z-axis normal to the model view on the screen. SolidCAM also provides extended functionality of splits; by giving a name to the split it can act as a folder containing operations, fixtures, etc.

In 2.5D Milling, SolidCAM2007 R11.2 provides the ability to define an offset for the cutting depth thus enabling you to change the depth while preserving its associativity to the model. SolidCAM also provides additional functionality of the Thread Milling operation to support conical tools and to provide a standard thread table that contains the thread parameters according to ISO, Whitworth and other standards.

The latest release also includes enhancements to the powerful High Speed Machining module. With the introduction of a new option to combine two machining strategies in a single HSM operation, the HSM module becomes even more productive. SolidCAM2007 R11.2 enables you to extend the linear and radial passes tangentially to the model faces in the Linear and Radial HSM machining strategies. In addition SolidCAM provides you with a new Tangential option for the positioning of the tool relative to the boundaries of the working area.

In simultaneous 5-axes milling, SolidCAM2007 R11.2 enables you to perform separate machining of steep and shallow areas. SolidCAM also provides the functionality to limit the machining to specific model areas by defining a planar boundary that is projected on the model. SolidCAM also provides a new Spiral Cutting method that is available for use with all Pattern types, and also a number of new collision control options. In addition SolidCAM provides new functionality for simultaneous 5-axis roughing, mainly for impeller machining. When importing CAD models from other systems the direction of some of the surfaces might be reversed; SolidCAM2007 R11.2 enables you to display and edit the normals of the model surfaces during the geometry selection.

The new release also offers new updates to the WireEDM module. SolidCAM2007 R11.2 now provides users with the option of defining the start point automatically for geometries consisting of multiple chains. SolidCAM also introduces a new option that enables you to use the points of the CAD sketch to define the insertion point for the model geometry.

In SolidCAM2007 R11.2, the Automatic Hole Recognition and Machining module recognizes the color as an additional parameter of the hole feature. When you work with a solid model, where different colors were assigned to different families of similar hole features, SolidCAM AFRM enables you to use the color data to assign the machining technology.

SolidCAM 2007 R11.2 also includes updates to the machining process. A new type of machining process is now available to support mill-turn processes for your CAM-Part. SolidCAM also provides more advanced functionality for the tool number definition inside the machining process, and for the tool search during the machining process insertion.

"SolidCAM has become a major force to be reckoned with in the CAM market," said Emil Somekh, founder and managing director of SolidCAM. "The enhancements to SolidCAM 2007 R11.2 means that SolidWorks customers have access to the world's best CAM software as a part of their daily manufacturing processes. We are really quite proud of it."

SolidCAM 2007 R11.2 is now available, for more information please visit http://www.solidcam.com/ .

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