SURFCAM 2014

SurfcamThis innovative computer-aided design / manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software is built for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system environment. Designers, engineers, and machinists worldwide use it for 2D and 3D mechanical design, surface modeling, solid modeling, reverse engineering, prototyping, mold making, pattern making, and production machining. SURFCAM makes easy CNC programming of 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-axis mills, lathes, wire EDM, laser, plasma and water-jet machines a reality.

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Product Levels

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Standard Features for all Levels (2~5-Axis)

Associativity

All toolpaths are fully associative to the geometry used to generate them. Toolpaths can be  regenerated after changing cutting parameters without reselecting the geometry.

SolidWorks Associativity

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SURFCAM maintains full associativity with SolidWorks models or any Parasolid-based CAD model. If a change is made in the model, SURFCAM will recognize the change and allow you to automatically update both the model and any affected toolpaths. Toolpaths affected by model changes are automatically flagged in the NC Operations Manager. SolidWorks models supported up to SolidWorks 2012.

Toolpath Editor

Graphically edit any toolpath (pan, zoom, rotate during editing). Instantly move forward or backward through megabytes of toolpath without restarting at the top. Insert, edit, delete, or add machine commands or comments, change feeds or speeds anywhere in a toolpath by simply picking the point of insertion.

Toolpath Templates

Toolpath templates allow you to collect and reuse parameters for all toolpath types.

NC Operations Manager

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Icon-based toolpath management system with simple cut and paste functions to easily manipulate your active part program, re-order toolpaths using “drag and drop” technique. Ability to copy/paste toolpaths between SCPRT files. Extensive toolpath transformation facility supporting any combination of XYZ translate, rotate, mirror, scale, radial wrap, reverse, and merge steps with retention of all steps for regeneration. Associativity between geometry and toolpath tracked by icon color. Automated toolpath commentary creates a high level outline of machining operations in the order they will be output. Check box support for selected verification and post processing.

Postprocessors

Template-based direct post processing for edit-free G code for most 24-Axis CNC milling, turning and 2-Axis Wire EDM applications. Over 145 sample posts with every system. User-configurable CL file-based 2- thru 5-Axis & MillTurn post processor provides full MillTurn, 4-Axis Wire EDM and 5-Axis contouring support for any machine/controller combination with full macro programming language.

DNC

Single button file transfer via serial line. Multiple CNC machine attribute files containing start & stop codes, communications protocol settings, special character handling, upload and download directory/filenames.

Setup Sheets

User-configurable setup sheet generator with cycle time, travels, tool list, toolpath comments. Available in ASCII text, RTF or HTML formats.

Utility Programs

Integral cam, gear, and involute utilities quickly generate machineable geometry. NC Code Import Utility Fanuc-compatible 2 or 3-Axis mill or lathe G code files can be converted into graphic toolpaths and subsequently edited or displayed on a 3D surface model, and subsequently postprocessed for a different machine.

Tool/Material Libraries

Firebird (.FBD) SQL database holds geometric data for each tool and each defined material type. Shipped version contains over 500 tools and 50 material types in both inch and metric format. Feeds and speeds are automatically calculated from parameters that work with tool/material library to control step-over, side clearances, and rough/finish stock conditions to minimize user data input.

Custom Tool Creation

Custom tool creation allows users to define any custom tool profile with simple 2D geometry. Once saved the custom tool is represented as a 3D cutter and can be used in graphical toolpath editor, back-plotter or verification, allowing for accurate material removal simulation with custom tools.

NC Text Editor

Windows®-based high performance editNC® text editor specifically designed to handle G Code supports editing of unlimited sized files; global edits, NC block resequencing, 3D back-plotting with zoom-pan-viewing and integral link to DNC utility.

Arc Filter

Consolidates a series of linear surface toolpath records into arc records in XY, YZ, or ZX plane according to user-specified tolerance.

NURB Filter

Consolidates toolpaths into NURB format according to user-specified tolerance for postprocessors and CNCs that support this feature.

HSM Filter 

Analyzes toolpath segments and removes and replaces these segments with a line segment based on a user defined set of values.

NC Verify

NC Verify provides accurate and rapid material removal simulation allowing you to dynamically rotate and zoom during simulation. Four modes are supported: (a) Regular for best dynamic rotate/zoom, (b) True Solids for fastest 3D machining, (c) Pixel-based for large 4/5 axis files, and (d) Turbo for end results only. Sample Cut for fastest Verification. Custom stock and fixture Verify Partshapes represented via STL Files. Full clamp/fixture collision detection with warning sound and/or pause. Custom tool shape collision detection for non-cutting areas. Status window for live feedback with cycle time, tool parameters and cutter coordinates. Inspect locations, distances and arc radii/diameters of the verified solid model. Visualize cross sections at any angle and distance in XY, YZ, ZX planes. Compare remaining stock with part model to detect remaining material. STL File output for in-process stock representation of geometry, 64-bit support for high performance verification of complex programs.

Easy to use material removal simulation
Each tool shown in a different color
Multiple stock & fixture components
Box, Cylinder, or external STL file
Speed control, pause, restart, single step
Dynamic rotation, pan, zoon Save and Load in-process

Lathe

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When combined with the 2-Axis Advanced system, Lathe provides complete MillTurn support including Main & Sub-Spindle part transfer, Primary-Secondary turret callouts, and combined Milling & Turning functions in a single session.

Supports

Turn
Bore
Face
FaceOff
Groove
Thread functions at any angle with full tool shape support
Centerline Hole-making Cycles
PartOff

Complete lathe tool library and tool drawings provide an excellent starter set for full animating a lathe programming session with true 3D graphics.

Wire EDM

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2-Axis Wire
is included with 2-Axis Base Edition, handles Wire Thread-CutOff, Tank Flushing, Multi-pass Skim cuts, Glue Stops, Straight Line, Teardrop, or Offset Curve LeadIn-Out moves, Blend, Sharp, or Loop corner rounding treatments, multiple cutting strategies, offset, and stock to leave.

4-Axis Wire is included 2-Axis Advanced Edition, handles the XYUV toolpath output from ruled surface definitions including Multi-pass Skim cuts, Glue Stops, all cutting strategies, and efficient Entry/Exit moves.

CAD data Import (Translators)

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Bi-directional DXF/CADL/DWG and IGES utilities with preferences to allow you to customize transfers based on the originating system. Directly import and export true solids model data including trimmed NURB surfaces from all major CAD/CAM systems, including SolidWorks native (.prt, .Sldprt, .Sldasm), SolidEdge native (.par), ACIS .sat , Parasolids x_t & x_b, German VDA. Import native MasterCam (*.mc*) files.

IGES .igs, .iges — Up to 5.3
ACIS .sat, .sab, .asat, .asab — ACIS 1.0 – ACIS R22
Parasolid .x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, .xmt_bin — 10 – 24.0.133
SolidWorks .sldprt, .sldasm — 98 – 2012
VDA-FS .vda — 1.0 & 2.0 SolidEdge – ST4
AutoCad – 2012
Mastercam – Version 8 – X6
STEP – .step, .stp (ver. AP-203, AP 214)

Optional native mode translators are available for importing geometry the following CAD systems:

Catia V4 – .model, .exp (ver. 4.1.9 – 4.2.4)
Catia V5/V6 – .catpart, .catproduct (ver. R2 – R21 / Caita Version 6 R2013)
Inventor – .ipt, iam (ver. 6-11, 2008-2013)
ProEngineer – .prt, .prt*, .asm, .asm* (ver. 16 – Wildfire 5 0 Creo Version 2)
Unigraphics NX – .prt (ver. 11 – 18, NX – NX8.5) for individual parts (not assemblies)

System Requirements

2-Axis Mill, Lathe, EDM

Recommended Requirements
Operating Systems: Windows 7 or Windows 8 — 64 bit
** Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 — 32 bit or 64 bit
** Windows 7 or Windows 8 — 32 bit
** Support for the XP and any 32 bit OS will end when SURFCAM 2015 R1 is release in 2015.
Processor: intel Duo Core II or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Free
Video: 1 GB Windows XP DirectX® 11.0 or higher compatible display adapter capable of 1024×768 resolution in 32-bit color.
Capable of 1280×1024 resolution in 32 bit color
Note: Integrated graphics cards can degrade performance and are not recommended.
DirectX: DirectX 11.0
Pointer: Windows Compatible Mouse
Communications Port: USB
DVD Drive

3-Axis, 4/5-Axis

Recommended Requirements
Operating Systems: Windows 7 or Windows 8 — 64 bit
** Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 — 32 bit or 64 bit
** Windows 7 or Windows 8 — 32 bit
** Support for the XP and any 32 bit OS will end when SURFCAM 2015 R1 is release in 2015.
Processor: intel Core i7
Memory: 4 GB RAM (32 bit) / 8 GB RAM (64 bit)
Hard Disk Space: 4 GB Free
Video: 2 GB Windows XP/7 DirectX 11.0 or higher compatible display adapter Capable of 1280×1024 resolution in 32 bit color
Note: Integrated graphics cards can degrade performance and are not recommended.
DirectX: DirectX 11.0
Pointer: Windows IntelliMouse Optical Mouse with wheel
Communications Port: USB
DVD Drive

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2-Axis Mill Base Edition

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Includes the Standard Features

Mill unlimited path/island Contour with tool centerline or part edge programming and parametric entry/exit motion with total gouge protection. Pocket with spiral, zig-zag, or zig-only cutting patterns and parametric entry/exit motion with total gouge protection.

Automatic Plunge, Ramp, or Helical motion types eliminate the need for construction geometry to position the tool. Window selected geometry with automatic boundary ordering and selection of the closest user-supplied plunge point per region.

Drill, Countersink, PeckDrill, RH Tap, LH Tap, RigidTap, RigidLTap, Bore, BackBore and three user defined cycles with shortest path ordering and Fanuc-style cycle retract control.

2-Axis Wire EDM support for Wire Thread-CutOff, Tank Flushing, Multi-pass Skim cuts, Glue Stops, Straight Line, Teardrop, or Offset Curve LeadIn-Out moves, Blend, Sharp, or Loop corner rounding treatments, multiple cutting strategies, offset, and stock to leave.

4-Axis Wire EDM support for top and bottom profiles.

2-Axis Mill Advanced Edition

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Includes 2-Axis Base Edition and Standard Features

Construction View Machining for 4-Axis or 5-Axis indexing.

Machine Datum to change the coordinate system and origin to adapt to origin shifts. The corresponding NC code output will be with respect to that local coordinate system instead of the WORLD axes. This also allows redefinition of machining coordinate system without disturbing geometry and toolpath associativity.

Advanced Hole Processing templates. Multi-tool templates for common hole-making features. Open existing hole processes from library or create and store user-definable templates. Extensive hole pattern sorting and optimization including reverse direction for subsequent tools, 4- and 5-Axis vector biasing, etc.

Pilot Hole making at Pocket entry points.

Pocket & Contour multi-pass tapered sidewall support.

Pocket & Contour multiple island height finishing.

Face Milling of irregular boundaries with spiral, zig-zag, or zig-only cut patterns and automatic clearance moves.

Automated Groove, Corner-Round, and Chamfering toolpath generators professionally machine these frequently encountered features.

2-Axis Rest Milling removes material left by larger tool in a POCKET or CONTOUR toolpath. · Internal/External Thread Milling of straight or tapered threaded holes or bosses with helical entry/exit moves.

5-Axis hole-making when holes aren’t in a specific construction view.

4-Axis Wire EDM support from ruled surface definitions including Multi-pass Skim cuts, Glue Stops, etc.

Clamp avoidance.

High Speed Machining support, including user specified repositioning parameters.

Pattern Slicing feature adds automatic toolpath segmentation of multiple 2-Axis or 3-Axis milling toolpaths based upon Z slice dimension. Automatically inserts tool change records and other machining commands to facilitate post processing.

5 axis Trimming, including the ability to trim excess material from the edge or periphery of a part in 5-Axis motion. Toolpath generation from wireframe geometry with side and depth control relative to geometry, all standard lead-in/out methods, and automatic interpolation between non-parallel tool vectors. Ideal for water jet, laser, or router trimming of complex shapes.

2-Axis Mill TRUEMILL Option

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TRUEMILL solves the fundamental milling problem that has existed since the first crank handle was turned on the first milling machine. Enables CNC milling machines, for the first time, to do what they have always been capable of. Not based on adjustments to or optimizations of existing tool path algorithms. Dynamically manages tool engagement and feed rates, resulting in dramatically increased material removal rates.

SURFCAM TRUEMILL Example1TRUEMILL – Revolutionary new patent-pending milling toolpath engine that precisely controls the tool’s engagement with the material. Enables machining with much more aggressive machining parameters (depths, stepovers, speeds, feeds), which in turn results in significantly reduced cycle times.

TRUEMILL Reference. Automatically mill with a smaller tool to remove material left from a large tool of a previous TRUEMILL operation.

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What is TRUEMILL?

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TRUEMILL ResultsTRUEMILL solves the fundamental milling problem that has existed since the first crank handle was turned on the first milling machine. Enables CNC milling machines, for the first time, to do what they have always been capable of. Not based on adjustments to or optimizations of existing tool path algorithms. Dynamically manages tool engagement and feed rates, resulting in dramatically increased material removal rates.

What are the TRUEMILL Benefits?

Faster Material Removal Rates

Easier on CNC & Fixture

Longer Cutter Life

How is this possible?

Tool Engagement Angle Management

Feedrate Mods Based on C/L to ToolRad Ratio

High Feedrate Helical Repositioning

Problems TRUEMILL Solves

No limits on stepover size

Up to 100% of the diameter of the tool without adding extra corner motion

No feed rate optimizers needed

No need to detect areas where excess material is encountered

Excess material is never encountered, anywhere

Maintains the programmed feed rate as the effective feed rate, everywhere, always

Operators no longer need to man the feed override control

No need to “slow things down” to run unattended ¡No more dwell marks on floors

Smooth, tangent-continuous motion means the machine never

TRUEMILL Really Solves

The problem no one knew they had

Tool paths are no longer the limiting factor in your machine tool’s performance

Enables CNC machine tools to do what they have always been capable of doing, rather than just accurately replicating manual machining methods

TRUEMILL Animated

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3-Axis Mill Base Edition

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Includes 2-Axis Advanced Edition and Standard Features

Entry/exit options on all 3D toolpath generators to extend cutting, enter/retract normal to the surface, at an angle to the surface, or along the tool axis.

All toolpath generators support ball, bull, and square endmills in any Construction View.

Roughing

Z Rough – Efficient perform Z-level roughing of any collection of surfaces from a billet or
irregular 2D outline with efficient 2D Z slice toolpaths.

Auto-Rough – Efficient Z-Level multi-pass breakup of any 3-Axis prototype toolpath.

NC Cut with Gouge Protection – Machine along flow lines of any 3D doubly-curved surface with ball, bull, or square end mill tools with single or multi-surface gouge protection against any number of 3D check surfaces with a clearance amount. Limit cutting relative to surface patches, boundary curves, or both. The “minimum Z” feature allows you to accurately machine a shut-off surface for a plastic injection mold. Retrace options to finish cut any surface exactly the way you want with a minimal number of menu picks. Cutter containment via surface patch areas and/or boundaries, allowing the side, center, or contact point of the cutter to machine to the boundary. Containment boundaries can be any combination of lines, arcs, or splines.

Finishing

Z-Finish – Perform waterline finish cuts on an entire model with efficient 2D Z slice passes around the model maintaining a constant climb or conventional tool/part relationship. Toolpath containment using a combination of curves and check surfaces.

Flat Surface Milling- Automatic 2-Axis Pocketing or Contouring toolpaths on all flat surface areas while avoiding all adjacent surfaces. Min/Max Z-Level selection to control which surface areas are to be machined. Minimum area control to avoid choppy moves in small areas.

Project – Project 2-Axis toolpaths onto multiple 3D surfaces with total gouge avoidance. Great for 3D engraving.

Planar Machining -Machine any collection of surfaces in any fixed direction or use a flow surface for cut direction control with full gouge protection. Toolpath containment using curves and check surfaces, waterfall edge protection, or surface slope.

Contour 3D – Machining along any collection of 3D curves or along the intersection of drive & part surfaces.

Entry/Exit Moves – All 3D toolpath generators allow you to extend cutting, enter/retract normal to the surface, at an angle to the surface, or along the tool axis.

Tool Shapes- All 3-Axis toolpath generators support ball, bull, and square endmills in any
construction view.

3-Axis Mill Advanced Edition

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Includes 3-Axis Base Edition and Standard Features

Roughing

Step Reduction Milling – (SRM™) patented multiple tool progressive roughing procedure. Each tool specified in the SRM process is automatically synchronized with regards to the capabilities of all other tools to maximize tool efficiency, perform corner picking, and prepare the material for finishing operations. All roughing is done in one operation and calculated simultaneously.

Plunge-Rough – Rough cut any collection of surfaces using end-cutting tools with equilateral triangular or square cut patterns, plunge increment or peck-drill cycle control.

Finishing

HSM Constant 3D Offset Milling – Maintains equal scallop height producing spiral in-out or out-in toolpath on any collection of surfaces regardless of surface slope variations.

HSM Rest Machining – Multi-tool high speed milling of left over material from predefined tools.

HSM Steep/Shallow Milling – Generates Constant 3D Offset and Z-Finish slices based-upon surface angle with overlap specifications.

HSM Pencil Trace – Multi-pass cutting along surface intersections where material is left by larger tools.

HSM Tool Shapes – All HSM toolpath generators mathematically support taper tools for accurate gouge protection and gouge avoidance

HSM Multi Tool Rest Roughing – NEW in SURFCAM 6! Efficiently perform Z-level rest roughing of any collection of surfaces from a billet or irregular 2D outline with efficient 2D Z slice toolpaths with all tool types.

HSM Radial Cut – NEW in SURFCAM 6! A path that starts on a central point where the step-over is calculated along the circumference of the circle radius you define. This machining strategy is most effective on areas that include shallow curved surfaces and circular areas as the passes are spaced along the XY-plane.

HSM Spiral Cut – NEW in SURFCAM 6! A single, projected spiral path that radiates outward from a center point. Tool motion can move from either outside-in or inside-out. Most effective on areas that include shallow curved surfaces as the passes are spaced along the XY-plane (step-over)and not the Z-plane (step-down).

TRUEMILL Option

SURFCAM TRUEMILL Example1TRUEMILL solves the fundamental milling problem that has existed since the first crank handle was turned on the first milling machine. Enables CNC milling machines, for the first time, to do what they have always been capable of. Not based on adjustments to or optimizations of existing tool path algorithms. Dynamically manages tool engagement and feed rates, resulting in dramatically increased material removal rates.

3-Axis Multi-Cut Option

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3-Axis Multi-Cut Option allows for a whole new level of toolpath versatility, power and control previously only available to 4- and 5-Axis customers.

Have you ever wanted a Constant Flow Toolpath that could transition smoothly from outside edges to inside edges while exiting the material at the ends? Such as working the open ended floor of a channel or between turbine blades? Perhaps your job requires precise control over multi-surface undercutting. Now with 3-Axis Multi-Cut you can!

SURFCAM’s New 3-Axis Multi-Cut power comes from 6 different cutting methods. Ranging from a hybrid “Planer” to “Parallel to Curve” and even “Morph between two curves”. Enhancements such as multiple types of rapid areas can now be selected, including Plane, Sphere or Cylinder. User requested control over constant spiral toolpath is now easily available.

Additional Capabilities:

Ability to automatically extend or trim a toolpath past a surface
Ability to allow a cutter to extend past the edge of a contour or a surface
Supports multiple roughing strategies
Four different levels of gouge protection and check surfaces
Supports “undercut” machining of multiple surfaces
Avoid areas with problematic surface edges Plus much more

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4-Axis Mill Advanced Edition

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4-Axis BladeIncludes 3-Axis Advanced Edition and Standard Features

4-Axis Tool Axis Control – Ten methods to control tool orientation relative to the collection of surfaces being machined or avoided. Minimum/maximum angular toolpath limits in XY, YZ, and ZX planes.

Clearance Surface – Safe non-cutting moves to/from a graphically-defined Cylinder, Plane or Sphere.

4-Axis Project – Projects any 2-Axis or 3-Axis toolpath onto a collection of 3D surfaces orienting the cutter normal to the surfaces or at lead/lag/side angles to the surface.

4-Axis Contour – Positions the tool along a collection of doubly curved guide surfaces while providing gouge-free  following of multiple non-tangent floor surfaces with ball, bull nose or square end mill, including support for a fixed side angle.

4-Axis Classic Cut – Classic single-surface version of 4-Axis cutting along surface flow lines.

4-Axis Multi-Surface Cut – Six multi-surface cutting patterns, including: Planar, Parallel to Surface, Morph between two Surfaces, Parallel to Curve, Morph between two Curves, or Normal to Curve strategies to customize how the geometry is to be cut.

4-Axis Classic Swarf – Classic single-surface version of 4-Axis Swarf using the side of the tool for axis control.

4-Axis Multi-Surface Swarf – Two multi-surface cutting patterns, including: Parallel to curve or Morph between two curves, maintaining contact with 3D doubly curved surfaces while using the side of the tool for tool axis control. Support for lead/lag or tilting of the tool axis during the cut.

Gouge Proection Strategies – Four sets of drive & check surface gouge checking and gouge avoidance strategies, including: Retract along tool axis, Move tool away, Tilt tool away, Omit gouge points, Stop calculations, and Report collisions.

Check Surface Groups – Up to four individual groups of check surfaces with individual gouge check strategies, stock to leave and surface tolerance.

Roughing Options – Numerous variations of Multi-pass, Plunge, Morph, and Depth roughing cuts with sophisticated sorting options.

Lead-in / Lead-Out Moves – Eight individually selectable lead-in and lead-out types that can be applied separately to links between passes, surface gaps, multiple roughing passes and initial/final entry/exit moves. Separate lead-in and lead-out types for all 4-Axis Cut & Swarf cutting types.

Accurate Feed Control – SURFCAM’s postprocessors handle all rotary motion and inverse time feedrate calculations automatically.

Tool Shapes – Ball, taper ball, bull, taper bull, or square nose end mill over multiple surface groups.

Contruction View Support – All 4-Axis toolpath generators function in like fashion in any construction view.

5-Axis Mill Advanced Edition

Includes 4-Axis Advanced Edition and Standard Features

5-Axis Image5-Axis Tool Axis Control – Ten methods to control tool orientation relative to the collection  of surfaces being machined or avoided. Minimum/maximum angular toolpath limits in XY, YZ, and ZX planes.

Clearance Surface – Safe non-cutting moves to/from a graphically-defined Cylinder, Plane or Sphere.

5-Axis Project – Projects any 2-Axis or 3-Axis toolpath onto a collection of 3D surfaces orienting the cutter normal to the surfaces or at lead/lag/side angles to the surface.

5-Axis Contour – Positions the tool along a collection of doubly curved guide surfaces while providing gouge-free following of multiple non-tangent floor surfaces with ball, bull nose or square end mill, including support for a fixed side angle.

5-Axis Classic Cut – Classic single-surface version of 5-Axis cutting along surface flow lines.

5-Axis Multi-Surface Cut – Six multi-surface cutting patterns, including: Planar, Parallel to  Surface, Morph between two Surfaces, Parallel to Curve, Morph between two Curves, or Normal to Curve strategies to customize how the geometry is to be cut.

5-Axis Classic Swarf – Classic single-surface version of 5-Axis Swarf using the side of the tool for axis control.

5-Axis Multi-Surface Swarf – Two multi-surface cutting patterns, including: Parallel to curve or Morph between two curves, maintaining contact with 3D doubly curved surfaces while using the side of the tool for tool axis control. Support for lead/lag or tilting of the tool axis during the cut.

Gouge Protection Strategies – Four sets of drive & check surface gouge checking and gouge avoidance strategies, including: Retract along tool axis, Move tool away, Tilt tool away, Omit gouge points, Stop calculations, and Report collisions.

Check Surface Groups – Up to four individual groups of check surfaces with individual gouge check strategies, stock to leave and surface tolerance.

Roughing Options – Numerous variations of Multi-pass, Plunge, Morph, and Depth roughing cuts with sophisticated sorting options.

Lead-in / Lead-out Moves – Eight individually selectable lead-in and lead-out types that can be applied separately to links between passes, surface gaps, multiple roughing passes and initial/final entry/exit moves. Separate lead-in and lead-out types for all 5-Axis Cut & Swarf cutting types.

Accurate Feed Control – SURFCAM’s postprocessors handle all rotary motion and inverse time feedrate calculations automatically.

Tool Shapes - Ball, taper ball, bull, taper bull, or square nose end mill over multiple surface groups.

Contruction View Support - All 5-Axis toolpath generators function in like fashion in any construction view.

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