Saturday, April 9, 2011

ModuleWorks 2011.4 is on the way

The latest ModuleWorks release, 2011.4, is on the way with many new features.

For 2011, because of the increased size of our development team, we’re switching to a 3 releases per year model with releases in April, August and December.  April marks the release of the latest version of the ModuleWorks components, 2011.4. We continue the theme of introducing broad range of new features across each of the products and this release includes powerful new machining and simulation capability.

4 and 5-Axis Machining

5-Axis Auto SWARF toolpath
The 5-Axis component offers easier to use SWARF machining providing the automatic calculation of the upper and lower drive curves from the selected model geometry.  The automatic drive curves can be overridden, but this feature makes it quicker to get the initial toolpath onto the model

A feedrate control zone is also supported giving fine control in specific areas of the model. An STL model defines the area where the differential feedrate is used. This is in addition to the usual controls for feedrates on leads and link control.

The new 5-Axis Multi-Blade toolpaths now includes a new automatic fillet detection and finishing strategy .It also supports angular limits to ensure the toolpath is appropriate for the target machine. 

Specific 4-Axis toolpaths, tailored for rotary machining, are now available; strategies include Around, Along and Spiral. These are designed to machine cylindrical parts such as bottle molds, electrodes and cutting tools on a 4-Axis Mill or Mill-Turn machine. These are true 3D toolpaths and offer side shift capability so that parallel side walls can be maintained.

3-Axis Machining

3-Axis rest roughing supports a full stock model in addition to previous tool geometry, allowing rest roughing to be performed against a series of different tools or operations.  In addition, ordering of toolpath passes has been improved; together these improve efficiency of toolpath generation.

Elsewhere, the Parallel Cuts strategy now offers the option to limit milling to an up or down direction while Flatlands now has the option to remove corner pegs, allowing larger stopovers.


Simulation can now be used with Wire EDM toolpaths with support for 2, 4 and 5-Axis wire cutting.

Both Milling and Turning are now supported in the same input CL file, making full Mill/Turn simulation easier to simulate.

Animation mode now offers a higher frame rate for improved image quality and there are incremental performance improvements in the stock removal engine particularly with large toolpaths.

ModuleWorks 2011.4 is now in testing and a release candidate will be available shortly. 32 and 64 bit versions for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 are available.

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