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WorkNC Version 2016
The Waveform technology
Increased tool service life
In order de maintain a constant chip load, the strategy machines from the external side of the stock towards the geometry of the part.
This principle avoids sharp directional changes, especially on external areas, which allows maintaining a consistent tool engagement in the material and reducing the number of retracts on the toolpath. The tool and machine service life is therefore improved.
The lateral step is automatically adjusted in order to maintain a constant chip load over the whole toolpath. It is therefore possible to maintain constant feed rates during the whole cycle that is 5 times faster than traditional roughing. Machining is performed using the full cutting length (as much as possible) of the tool, equally distributing the load and not only on the tip of the tool.
Quality drives Productivity in WorkNC 2016
Combined with the WorkNC Collision Detection module, which allows detecting collisions and out-of-limit conditions in the whole machining environment, the Waveform technology offers highly secured and reliable toolpaths that improve quality while maintaining high productivity levels.
Still aiming at reducing time cycles and improving surface quality, WorkNC 2016 enhances its Wall Machining strategy with a Lace cycle used with the appropriate tools.
Without this Lace option, machining is done from top to bottom, and the tool moves up in rapid feed rate. With the Lace option, the first pass is done from top to bottom, and the next pass is done from bottom to top. The toolpath is shorter, with less retracts, machining time is therefore reduced.
Auto5 module in standalone version
In version 2016, Auto5, the game changing technology in 5-axis machining, is available as a fully integrated module.
It is no more necessary to obtain the whole 5-Axis module. Thanks to this module, users can automatically generate 5 axis toolpaths based on existing 3 axis toolpaths while also taking into consideration the kinematics of the selected 5 axis NC machine.
Engineers can convert 3-axis and 3+2-axis toolpaths into simultaneous 5-axis machining toolpaths. Programming can be done directly in the shop floor.
Intelligent toolpaths are automatically and dynamically controlled to avoid collisions and respect the rotational limits of the machine.The Auto5 technology allows using shorter and more rigid tools in order to finish most of the part at once. Using the Auto5 module makes it easier to finish the project.
Always more intuitive
WorkNC regularly improve its ergonomics to bring comfort to users. In version 2016, WorkNC makes command selection easier in the user interface. Commands are now at the users' fingertips.
The WorkNC 2016 interface is more intuitive thanks to new icons for calculated operations.
WorkNC Version V24
All the core values on which its reputation has been built since 1987 are ever-present: rapid and automatic programming, safe and reliable toolpaths and high performance machining.
Rapid and Automatic Programming
WorkNC V24 includes enhancements to its Rest Material Display function, which has been transformed into an analysis tool that helps CAM programmers reduce machining prepara- tion time. The upgraded function enables users to rapidly evaluate various amounts of rest material left on any given model according to user-defined color ranges.
This latest version also offers a new collision-detection algorithm with faster calculation abilities, and that takes into account the machine, the toolpath and the clamping system.
Safe and Reliable Toolpath
In response to machining conditions recommended by cutting-tool manufacturers, WorkNC V24 delivers enhanced toolpath safety.
In 3-axis and 3+2-axis machining modes, the WorkNC collision detection module will desig- nate the shortest possible cutter that can be used for any given operation. For 5-axis ma- chining, the Auto5 module will determine the best possible conditions for a user-defined cutting tool. Special attention has been given to machining with small cutters to optimize cutting conditions for features such as ribs and narrow slots.
WorkNC toolpaths undergo regular and comprehensive reviews to ensure that users benefit from the most efficient algorithms and the latest machining technologies.
Re-machining strategies have been revamped in V24 to be completely ‘revamped’ in Version 24. This has been achieved by obtaining greater precision in detecting the areas, both vertical and planar, to be re-machined.
Z-Level machining is used on vertical areas and planar surfaces are machined using contour- ing strategies. The new variable Z-step option generates smoother trajectories along with enhanced optimization, offering improved surface-finish quality and further gains in productivity.
New CAD Features
Additional STL file-processing options are also a new feature of WorkNC V24. A new intelli- gent function based on the detection and organization of specific feature zones allows dif- ferent elements to be grouped together. This can facilitate machining portions of the STL model or creating curves from the STL model.
WorkNC Version V23
WorkNC 23 optimizes the production management process by adopting a completely revised collision management tool and adding the assembled toolpath function.
Creating a new project in WorkNC V23 is now 5 times quicker than in previous versions.
WorkNC V23 improves productivity and offers a solution for data storage problems.
Part geometry activation is now up to 5 times more rapid. The size of a newly generated WorkNC project is up to 5 times smaller.
Graphic display performance has been improved by around 30%.
Graphic manipulation of large parts is more comfortable.
Continual improvements in WorkNC machining strategies
Global Roughing can now handle a local stock which can be created for specific needs such as machining inserts or repairing molds after welding build-ups. This new function is independent with respect to the global stock model of a WorkNC project.
The Z-Level Remachining toolpath has some significant improvements. Machining efficiency in sharp corners is greatly improved and ensures a top quality finish. Toolpath fluidity can be further enhanced by the possibility of using a smoothing radius.
Tapered and conic cutters can now be employed in several 3 axis toolpaths.
The Undercut Remachining toolpath now benefits from dynamic tool holder collision detection which ensures the generation of collision-free toolpaths.
Some new options have also been implemented in 5-axis toolpaths. 4-axis Profiling allows the tool to be projected onto the surface; Surface Machining allows a surface offset to be defined...
After a complete reviewal of finishing toolpaths in V22 and to meet customers' requirements concerning quality, development work concerning toolpath precision and fluidity along with surface finish quality has remained the order of the day for WorkNC.
New Collision Detection Calculation Module
WorkNC detects collisions and out-of-limit conditions in a global machining environment which takes into account the machine, the part, the clamping system along with the tool and tool holder assembly.
Collision detection calculations are now run in a parallel calculation window allowing users to continue preparing other tasks in the graphic interface.
Collision detection results are conserved throughout the project lifecycle.
The collision detection results display has been reviewed to ensure greater clarity and uniformity between machine and tool holder collision tests.
An M (Machine) status symbol has also been added to the toolpath line in the Workzone Manager to indicate the result of the test.
The tool holder collision detection module also allows the toolpath to be modified in the presence of a clamping system.
Assembled toolpaths + postprocessor
WorkNC now features assembled toolpaths which allow users to control transitions between toolpaths before postprocessing. By taking into account the machining context, WorkNC uses machine kinematics when calculation the transitions.
In the majority of cases, automatic assembled toolpath calculations give collision free results within machine limits.
Users enjoy a high degree of flexibility for manually modifying, adapting or transforming transitional movements.
Automatic Drilling Module
The automatic drilling module now disposes of tapping tables containing all the required pre-drilling, tapping, chamfering data... These tables cover the different standards used in the industry (ISO, DIN...). One of the advantages is that only a single machining strategy is required for all the different diameter tapping operations.
A tapping toolpath by contouring with a profile cutter is a newcomer to V23. It is also now possible to realize automatic drilling operations based on a points file.
A graphic editing function allows the start point of a hole to be rapidly moved to another position in case of design modifications.
New CAD preparation functions
The surface fillet creation function has been reviewed with the additional possibility of creating surface chamfers using the same method.
Fillet and chamfer creation has been made easier by allowing local stitching of the surfaces involved.
Two new functions have been added using the same techniques: Tangent surface extension and surface offsetting. Potential problems caused by complex intersections are correctly handled.
All these functions benefit from pre-visualization before validation.
New functions for processing STL files
STL model management in the CAD module has been completely revised. The STL model is now a structured entity.
CAD operations can now be performed on STL models in V23.
Basic geometric entities can be separated (planes, cylinders, cones, fillets...).
After separation, users can:
- Independently work on each identified entity in the CAM module.
- Individual entity boundary extraction
- Cylinder axis creation
WorkNC Version V22
WorkNC V22WorkNC Version 22 sees the advent of new finishing toolpaths along with a host of improvements to existing toolpaths. Morphing and spiral transition options, along with improved toolpath point distribution management, all contribute to ensure optimal surface finish quality as well as reduced cycle times.
Production environment management optimization
thanks to the creation of a Machine Context which groups together all the relevant machine configuration elements required by the different modules within WorkNC such as collision detection etc... Several Machine Contexts can be used in the same Workzone.
New and optimized toolpathsFour new trade oriented toolpaths are now available for machining walls and planar surfaces on die stamping tools. The new Tangent to Curve toolpath has shown to be the ideal solution for machining specific features on 2D parts by direct selection of vertical surfaces or by automatic wall detection following planar surface selection.
New V22 3 Axis Toolpaths Improved roughing strategies allow the use of conic cutters offering machining trajectories which are closer to the final form of the part and guarantee maximum tool service life. New options allow optimization of initial roughing passes in order to protect cutters and the optimal machining direction can be determined automatically by WorkNC.
3D Finishing and ISO Finishing are two newly developed toolpaths. A morphing strategy, applicable to both toolpaths, ensures fluid trajectories thanks to spiral transitions which eliminate wasteful stepover movements and retracts. ISO surface parameters offer optimal machining of 3D surfaces and ensure a high quality surface finish.
Consolidated User Interface
Dialog boxes and toolpath parameter menus have been revised to offer improved ergonomics and give immediate access to related parameters.
Die Stamp MachiningFour new toolpaths have been introduced for machining walls and planar surfaces on die stamp tooling parts - Wall and Flat Surface Roughing and Finishing, Wall Plunge Machining, Chamfering and Tangent to Curve toolpaths with a wide range of options adapted to different types of parts.
These toolpaths have a wide range of options and incorporate trade expertize to ensure simple programming and rapid machining of die stamp tools:
• Options for toolpath optimization and determining the most efficient trajectories.
• Morphing options to guarantee a continuous trajectory where the cutter remains in permanent contact with the machined surfaces.
Features MachiningWorkNC V22 offers a very comprehensive ‘Features Machining’ module in which complex stack features can continually enrich a knowledge base using self-learning strategies. In the same manner as for automatic feature machining, this new function is associated with automatic hole detection whatever the type of 3D model (solid, surface or hybrid).
• Stack machining by self-learning.
• Interactive creation of rules to categorize and machine complex features.
• Automatic detection of complex features using customized rules.
• Creation by self-learning of complex features.
• For each complex feature, one or several strategies can be associated.
New Simultaneous 5 axis Module The 12 toolpaths which existed in previous versions have been replaced by 6 new toolpaths which are much more versatile and less specialized.
They offer a wide range of options which can adapt strategies to respond to different situations (5 axis Rolling, Profiling, Curve Machining, etc...).
5 axis toolpath programming ergonomics have been completely revised to simplify toolpath preparations. This has been achieved thanks to a unified dialog box for greater conviviality and simplicity.
Two graphical aid zones have been added to assist the user in his choice of options for a given toolpath; these contain clear, informative illustrations concerning selected options or parameters.
Toolpath TransformationToolpath point transformation enables the translation, rotation and symmetry of a toolpath to create a pattern repeat of a model or selected surfaces. This dramatically reduces calculation time where multiple instances are required, and ensures machining uniformity for consistency of manufacture.