CNC Software Inc. (Tolland, CT) announced Jan. 14 that it would unveil its new Mastercam X7 for SolidWorks software at the Jan. 20–23 SolidWorks World 2013 held in Orlando, FL. Mastercam X7 for SolidWorks adds significant new capabilities including lathe support, workflow improvements, the new 3D HST Project toolpath, and more. The package introduces many of Mastercam Lathe’s toolpaths including several types of roughing toolpaths to quickly remove large amounts of stocks; finish toolpaths to follow the contour of chained geometry; groove toolpaths for machining indented or recessed areas; a new Dynamic Rough toolpath designed for hard materials; and Plunge Turn for special plunge turn tools only, specifically the ISCAR plunge and turn inserts. A new Tool Manager has been designed from the
ground up as a flexible and efficient way to manage tools and toolholding components and to create tool assemblies.
It integrates work material and cut parameter data so users can take advantage of a manufacturer’s cutting recom- mendations. Other key features include the 3D HST Project Toolpath, which projects either geometry or a toolpath from an earlier operation onto surfaces; a new editor, Code Expert; a five-axis Oscillating tool motion that improves tool life; and the Backplot and Verify utilities with more efficient workflow, better analysis tools, and more comprehensive toolpath support.
Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, CA), developer of AutoCAD, announced Jan. 31 that it has completed the acquisition of technology and the development team of Allpoint Systems LLC (Pittsburgh, PA), a developer of software and solutions for collecting and processing LiDAR (laser) point cloud data. The Allpoint Systems acquisition will help Autodesk expand the
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