For a user of SolidWorks, with its powerful parametric design capabilities, the addition of VisualMill’s palette of machining operations is a natural expansion, made seamless by its integration into the SolidWorks workspace. Machining regions can be defined using SolidWorks’ familiar tools, and small changes don’t require file export, switching programs, and reimportation. Updating your files and toolpaths after making changes is simple, and the G-code is rewritten to reflect them.
As with the stand-alone versions of VisualMill, there are different editions of the SolidWorks plug-in available with an ascending range of functionality.
The Standard Edition of VisualCAM for SolidWorks comes with a good range of 2D, 2½-D, and 3D capabilities and a variety of machining strategies. If you’ve got a 3-axes CNC machine and want to do normal curve-driven machining tasks such as facing, profiling, pocketing, and 3D carving based on surfaces or meshes, this Standard version is all you’re likely to need.
The Expert Edition of VisualCAM—Mill for SolidWorks adds support for a 4th axis, both in continuous and indexing modes. This makes it possible to carve all the way around a part as it rotates parallel to the x axis, or to cut two or more sides of the part from different angles. Curve-based continuous machining operations such as 4th axis facing, pocketing, profiling and engraving, as well as 4th axis machining operations based on solid or surface meshes are available.
The Professional Edition of VisualCAM—Mill for SolidWorks is ideal for producing molds, dies and tooling, advanced woodworking, prototyping, and general job-shop machining. This product boasts powerful toolpath generation strategies coupled with means of efficiently controlling the cutting tool while executing a range of sophisticated machining and re-machining operations, without sacrificing ease of use. Suitable for demanding users with exacting manufacturing requirements, this product configuration includes all the functionality included in the Expert edition described above, and adds a number of other advanced capabilities.
The Premium Edition of VisualCAM—Mill for SolidWorks adds to the capabilities of the Professional Edition. This new version of VisualCAM—Mill for SolidWorks adds 5-axes continuous machining functionality and other cutting-edge features. Suitable for highly sophisticated machining requirements such as aerospace manufacturing, advanced mold making and sculptural woodworking, this package includes such machining methods as surface normal machining, swarf machining, and surface flow machining. This version also includes a custom post-processor to handle the unique kinematics of your 5-axes CNC machine.
Manufacturer: MecSoft Corporation
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