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    Hexagon simplifies complex 6-axis production

    • By MTDCNC
    • July 13, 2021
    • 2 minute read

    New CAM technology from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence (HMI) division now makes it possible to use complex 6-axis machine tools to produce large parts for a variety of industries. The specialist programming tools provide accurate simulation and generate efficient 6-axis toolpaths to ensure machines can be used to their potential.

    The new tools in Hexagon’s EDGECAM software focus on 6-axis machines equipped with two rotary axes on the head and one rotary table, where this sixth axis enables milling tools to machine all sides of a large part, including areas otherwise impossible to reach without repositioning workpieces. The new dedicated 6-axis tools provide greater toolpath control and more accurate simulation of processes.

    EDGECAM improvements also provide greater flexibility for 5-axis milling by allowing CNC programmers to select the level of automation they prefer when creating toolpaths. Using these tools, programmers can choose to automate toolpath generation, manually create all toolpaths or generate toolpaths using a combination of both. Productivity is also improved with rough grooving operation optimisation that eliminates unnecessary machine movement. This results in a cycle time reduction of up to 60%. When enabled, the configuration ensures that the system will recognise the shape of irregular stock when needed. By taking the true shape of stock into account, the software helps users to avoid the generation of surplus toolpaths.

    EDGECAM also makes it easier to execute helical toolpaths, offering manufacturers tighter and more efficient machining than is offered by the ramp approach, and opportunities to extend tool life with smoother and less damaging operations. Users only need to define a minimum helix value for roughing operations, then the software ensures parts are cut using a helical tool pattern and the toolpath will not revert to a ramp approach.

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    Hexagon simplifies complex 6-axis production

    New CAM technology from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence (HMI) division now makes it possible to use complex 6-axis machine tools to produce large parts for a variety of industries. The specialist programming tools provide accurate simulation and generate efficient 6-axis toolpaths to ensure machines can be used to their potential.

    The new tools in Hexagon’s EDGECAM software focus on 6-axis machines equipped with two rotary axes on the head and one rotary table, where this sixth axis enables milling tools to machine all sides of a large part, including areas otherwise impossible to reach without repositioning workpieces. The new dedicated 6-axis tools provide greater toolpath control and more accurate simulation of processes.

    EDGECAM improvements also provide greater flexibility for 5-axis milling by allowing CNC programmers to select the level of automation they prefer when creating toolpaths. Using these tools, programmers can choose to automate toolpath generation, manually create all toolpaths or generate toolpaths using a combination of both. Productivity is also improved with rough grooving operation optimisation that eliminates unnecessary machine movement. This results in a cycle time reduction of up to 60%. When enabled, the configuration ensures that the system will recognise the shape of irregular stock when needed. By taking the true shape of stock into account, the software helps users to avoid the generation of surplus toolpaths.

    EDGECAM also makes it easier to execute helical toolpaths, offering manufacturers tighter and more efficient machining than is offered by the ramp approach, and opportunities to extend tool life with smoother and less damaging operations. Users only need to define a minimum helix value for roughing operations, then the software ensures parts are cut using a helical tool pattern and the toolpath will not revert to a ramp approach.