SURFCAM

SURFCAM

Universal Features – Included in All Systems

evo-interfaceFully Customizable User Interface

The interface can be fully customized. Command icons can be added, re-ordered and/or removed from the command ribbons, including custom macros and third party commands. Appearance of the command icons can also be edited using your own custom images. All the dialogs can be customized by creating a unique dialog mask. Once the interface has been customized as desired, it can be saved as a “Theme” and shared between other SURFCAM systems.


setup-dialogInteractive Component Positioning

When opening CAD data the Component Setup Manager examines the part and determines whether the part is best suited for Milling or Turning and brings you into the appropriate setup environment by default. Components are oriented to best fit on a machine tool. Changes can be made to this initial setup with interactive graphical display.


evo-gnomeDynamic CPL’s (Construction Planes)

Creation of construction planes include standard orthogonal planes plus the ability to dynamically drop a construction plane onto an edge or surface of a part and then dynamically drag or rotate it into position for a simplified plane creation.


evo-stockIntuitive Stock

Graphical Stock representation is fully supported and remaining stock is managed throughout the manufacturing process. Stock generation can begin from a user library of standard shapes, a geometric envelope, or imported from a base design such as a forging or casting file.


evo-fixtureFull Support of Fixtures

Graphical support of fixtures from your fixture library, dynamically fitted to your stock. For example, when inserting a vice, the jaws are stock aware and clamp to the outer edge of the initial stock. Full collision avoidance of fixtures and clamps is supported.


2D Wireframe Design

An array of drafting tools is available for creating wireframe geometry for use in simple 2 Axis programming or to provide graphical representations for fixtures or profiles.


EWS Solid Design

Workflow Solids is included for all systems currently under maintenance. While not intended to rival production solid modelers, EWS provides the basics required for simple prismatic parts and fixtures.


evo-featureAutomatic Feature Recognition

Feature Finder uses automatic feature recognition to interrogate selected portions of the active model to quickly identify machineable features including detailed hole and thread data.


Manual Feature Finding

When your geometry doesn’t fall into one of the graphics representations directly detected as a feature, you can instruct the system to label a collection of geometry as a feature. While machining on features is not required, the construction of a manual feature can be helpful when multiple operations will be performed on a set of geometry.


evo-wireframeWireframe Geometry from Solids

If additional construction is required, or you want to use part of a solid to define additional fixtures or reference geometry, the underlying surfaces and wireframe geometry from the solid can be easily extracted.


evo-collisionCollision Checking

Collision checking of stock, fixture, and components not involved in the machining operation. Machine collision avoidance during post processing and simulation to ensure that moving tools (including those not involved in active machining) do not collide with non-moving parts.


evo-strategyStrategy Manager

User-definable knowledge based machining automation using a flow chart decision-making process. The System recognizes manufacturing features and data from a 3D solid model and applies proven manufacturing toolpaths and techniques based on available tooling and the active machine to streamline the programming process. Easily alter or create, edit and run strategies automatically based on your own tooling and manufacturing requirements.


evo-machine-simFull Machine Tool Simulation

Machine Simulation is an integral component of the post processor; it offers full simulation of the machine tool and machining process. Detects collisions between part, machine components, and tooling.

SURFCAM

Industries involved in the manufacturing of 3D forms such as Aerospace, Prototyping, Mold Tools and General Engineering will all benefit from SURFCAM 3D machining cycles. SURFCAM best- in-class prismatic machining capabilities, combined with powerful 3D solid and surface machining strategies, are designed to complement each other in one fully-integrated solution.

With an extensive suite of advanced 3D cycles that are ideally suited for rapidly generating toolpaths for all surface and solids machining needs, SURFCAM delivers optimized toolpath control, reduced cycle times and an overall higher level of machining efficiency.

Unlike many CAM systems, SURFCAM is ‘CAD neutral’, so whatever CAD system you use, interoperability between CAD and CAM is seamless, with no data translation. This means that you machine exactly what the designer intended and toolpaths remain associative to the master model.

Essential Milling

2½ Axis Milling

Product Code: SEEE0-0

Includes the Universal Features above, as well as the Essential Milling features below.

2D Wireframe Roughing and Finishing

SURFCAM provides a robust set of strategies for both rough and finish machining on 2D wireframe geometry.

Profiling with Multi-Level Islands

SURFCAM provides support for both open and closed profile machining with support for multiple islands existing at different Z level depths.

Drilling Cycles

Standard drilling, tapping and rigid tapping routines, with canned cycle and sub routine output. When using solid models the hole size, thread data, depths, etc. are extracted and the necessary tooling is suggested from the tool libraries

Roughing on Solids

SURFCAM provides a variety of roughing cycles for use on wireframe, surfaces and solid geometry.

Intermediate Slice Rest Roughing

This intelligent cycle can automatically remove areas of remaining material left behind by larger tools and depths of cut. Intermediate slices may be used to reduce the size of the step left by the roughing cycle. Only the step regions are machined for intermediate slices. Rest roughing allows the use of large tools to clear away the bulk of the material, followed by a smaller tool to remove remaining material, thus optimizing cycle times.

Flatland Milling

Flatland milling strategies will automatically seek out and effectively machine flat regions.

Chamfer Milling

Generates a single profile pass at the top edge of the geometry. The tool definition is used to automatically calculate the depth and offset.

Merge and Rationalize Machining Sequences

When multiple operations using the same tools are created, SURFCAM can optimize the paths to minimize tool changes. When multiple components are setup for a single sequence such as machining multiple components on a tombstone, the optimization can be configured to minimize rotary action and tool travel as well.


Essential Milling Overview

Design Features


  • 2D Wireframe Design
  • EWS Solid Design (requires active software maintenance contract)
  • Automatic Feature Recognition, Manual Feature Finding, Wireframe geometry from solid

Milling Features


  • Milling and Drilling Cycles
  • Line/Arc Smooth or Point to Point Output
  • Collision Checking
  • Access to Strategy Manager – create, edit and run strategies

Roughing


  • Roughing with Multi-level Islands
  • Intermediate Slices Rest Roughing

Finishing


  • Flat Land Finishing
  • Chamfer Cycle
  • Profiling 2D Wireframe and 2D Profiling Feature

Standard Milling

3 Axis Milling with 4/5 Axis Positioning

Product Code: SE330-0

Includes all of the Standard CAD and Essential Milling features above, as well as the Standard Milling features below.

3D Roughing for Wireframe

SURFCAM provides a variety of roughing cycles for use on wireframe, surfaces and solid geometry.

3D Roughing for Surface and Solids with Automatic Rest Roughing

SURFCAM provides a variety of roughing cycles for use on wireframe, surfaces and solid geometry. Automatic rest roughing can be implemented using the current stock.

Trochoidal Milling Option

This is a high speed roughing method. A full width cut move exceeds the specified stepover, potentially overloading the tool. Using the trochoidal roughing reduces the load on the tool to a more consistent level with inserting the arc move. It achieves an extended tool life while allowing higher machining speeds to be maintained. In a narrow channel or tight corner, there may not be room for a trochoidal cut, in this case the area is excluded from the cycle. In the most of the cases, the Waveform Roughing shows better results as this uses the most advanced technologies.

3D Profile Finishing without Cusp Height Control

At this license level 3D profile finishing is calculated based upon the percentage of stepover which will provide a finish toolpath that may have a variation is cusp, or scallop height. By closely controlling the stepover a clean finish pass can be achieved.

Flatland Finishing and Flatland Rest Finishing

Flatland finishing strategies automatically seek out and effectively machine flat regions. The flatland rest finishing allows the majority of the flat areas to be machined with a larger tool, followed by a smaller tool used to address the tighter areas and corners.

Thread Milling

Thread milling is a popular technique when machining threaded holes on larger components, especially in the oil and gas, power generation and other heavy industries. SURFCAM’s thread milling cycle will automatically suggest entry points, lead-in, and lead-out paths. Single pass or mutli-pass helical move tool paths can be output.

Back Boring

SURFCAM Evo provided support for bar boring and back boring for long bores and negatively tapered recesses. SURFCAM knows to reverse the existing tool holder when back boring.

Advanced Milling

3 Axis Milling with 4/5 Axis Positioning

Product Code: SE3M0-0

Includes all of the Standard CAD, Essential Milling and Standard Milling features above, as well as the Advanced Milling features below.

3D Profile Finishing with Cusp Height and Helical Milling Options

Profiling is used to finish surfaces in a series of XY profiles that follow the Z axis on surfaces and solids. By using cusp height control, the toolpath will adjust the depths of cut to maintain a constant surface finish. Steep and shallow areas can also be controlled, allowing shallow areas to be finished using alternate techniques.

Profiling Undercut Milling Option

Profiling with support for undercutting along the external profile edge is supported.

Project Milling Cycles

Projection allows you to create 2D toolpaths and project them onto 3D part surfaces. This technique is very useful for engraving logos and text.

Parallel Lace Milling Cycle

A series of parallel toolpaths are applied to the model to produce a finish part, or used with depths of cut to produce a roughing cycle.

Single Pass Pencil Milling Cycle

Pencil Milling cycles allow the user to machine the internal corners and radii of the model, ensuring the finished component is fully machined with little or no hand finishing.

Planar / Rotary Drilling Cycles

Drilling cycles both in plan and around the rotary axis are fully supported for single and multiple tool operations.

Adaptive Feedrates

Adaptive feedrates adjusts the feedrate to even out loading on the tool. For example in a narrow channel the loading could be higher as the actual stepover increases above the specified stepover value; in this case the feedrate would be reduced. Conversely for smaller cuts at less than the specified percentage of stepover, the feedrate would be increased to reduce machining times.

Ultimate Milling

3 Axis Milling with 4/5 Axis Positioning

Product Code: SESM0-P

Includes all of the Standard CAD, Essential Milling, Standard Milling and Advanced Milling features above, as well as the Ultimate Milling features below.

Profiling Check Surface Support

Check surface gouge avoidance is provided while profiling.

Constant Cusp with Rest Material Detection

Constant Cusp machining can be employed to produce an even surface finish on large areas of a mold tool or component. The toolpath continuously adjusts to follow the part surface shape, resulting in a uniform cusp height.

Contact Angle Control for Finishing Strategies

Decreasing the stepover & cusp values will help improve surface finish in an area but will increase cycle time. Contact Angle control can be used to prevent the tool from over-cutting in this region as only the regions where the contact angle is within the Minimum and Maximum values are machined.

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4\5-Axis Add-ons

4-Axis Simultaneous Milling

Product Code: SE040-S

4-Axis Simultaneous machining option for Milling machines. Offers advanced rotary machining capability on Solids or Surfaces for applications such as Blades, CAMs and Crankshafts with full 4-Axis machine simulation.

5-Axis Simultaneous Milling

Product Code: SE050-S

5-Axis Simultaneous machining option for Milling machines. Includes all functionality from 4-Axis Simultaneous module plus full 5-Axis simultaneous capability for Solids and Surfaces. 5-Axis strategies include SWARF cutting, multi-surface finishing and profiling with full collision detection and avoidance strategies with full 5-Axis machine simulation.

Advanced 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling

Product Code: SE050-A

Provides access to the complete 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling command with additional toolpath control options, wireframe swarf option and multi-blade machining. Requires the prerequisite 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling license (EN050-S).

Ultimate 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling

Product Code: SE050-U

Provides access to the multi-blade and port machining options in the Moduleworks 5 Axis User Interface. Requires the prerequisite Advanced 5-Axis Simultaneous Milling license (SE050-A).

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Essential Turning

2 Axis Turning

Product Code: SE302-0

Includes the Standard CAD features above, as well as the Essential Turning features below.

Facing

Facing operations provide for the stock end cleanup as well as part finishing. Front and Back face machining operations are available within Essential Turning as well as support for face features such as grooves and bores.

Rough/Finish Turning

SURFCAM provides a series of basic lathe cycles within Z and X axes. They move together with a rotating spindle and machine a part on the spindle. Toolpaths can be stock aware and can have variable stock to leave on each axis.

Threading

Multi-pass threading cuts can be applied to turned parts. Threading cycles are both depth and material aware so as to not overload the tool.

Rough/Finish Grooving

Rough and Finish grooving operations are provided supporting both shallow and deep operations and a wide variety of tools.

Hole Cycles

SURFCAM supports drilling and boring as turn operations at the Essential level. For drilling operations the tool can be in either a fixed or live state.

Standard Turning

2 Axis Turning with C/Y Axis Milling

Product Code: SE20C-0

Includes all of the Standard CAD and Essential Turning features above, as well as the Standard Turning features below.

C/Y Axis Milling – 3D Roughing for Wireframe

3D rough milling operations can be applied to both 2D wireframe sections and 3D wireframe geometrical features.

C/Y Axis Milling – 3D Roughing for Surfaces and Solids with Automatic Rest Roughing

3D rough milling operations can be applied to both surfaces and solids. When using surfaces or solids the geometry is stock aware and automatic rest roughing is available.

C/Y Axis Milling – Trochoidal Milling Option

This is a high speed roughing method. A full width cut move exceeds the specified stepover, potentially overloading the tool. Using the trochoidal roughing reduces the load on the tool to a more consistent level with inserting the arc move. It achieves an extended tool life while allowing higher machining speeds to be maintained. In a narrow channel or tight corner, there may not be room for a trochoidal cut, in this case the area is excluded from the cycle. In the most of the cases, the Waveform Roughing shows better results as this uses the most advanced technologies.

C/Y Axis Milling – 3D Profile Finishing with Cusp Height and Helical Milling Options

3D profile finishing operations include cusp height calculations at this product level along with the more traditional percentage stepover moves.

C/Y Axis Milling – Flatland Finishing and Flatland Rest Finishing

Automated flatland recognition allows for selection of appropriate tools, feeds and speeds for clean flat finishing. Optimized finishing and rest finishing operations are included.

Advanced Turning

Multi-Axis Turning for Mill-Turn Applications

Product Code: SE4CY-X

Includes all of the Standard CAD, Essential Turning and Standard Turning features above, as well as the Advanced Turning features below.

B, C, and Y-Axis Milling Capabilities

All milling functions are operational within the B, C and Y axis of the machine tool while the spindle is in a fixed plane position.

Multi-Axis Turning for Mill/ Turn Applications

All milling functions are operational on the milling axis of the machine tool while the spindle is in live operation providing an additional cutting axis.

Sub-Spindle Part Transfer

Part transfer operation from the primary to the secondary sub spindle is supported for both the machining and simulation environments.

Lathe Index

Lathe operations are capable of orienting the milling axis to the machining plane and perform 2-Axis to 3-Axis Milling.

Bar Pull

Bar pull operations are supported for lathers with stock feed.

Synchronized 4 Axis Rough Turning / Facing

Rough turning and facing using 2-turret at the same time in the turning environment. The basic turning (lathe) is 2-Axis (ZX). Using the 2-turret, the number of the active axes on a spindle will be double.

Support for Single Spindle, Single B-Axis Head Machine Configuration

The addition of a B-axis head machine configuration is supported.

Ultimate Turning

Multi-Axis Turning for Mill-Turn Applications

Product Code: SE4BC-X

Includes all of the Standard CAD, Essential Turning, Standard Turning and Advanced Turning features above, as well as the Ultimate Turning features below.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – 3D Roughing with Automatic Rest Roughing

3D roughing with automatic rest roughing is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Adaptive Feedrates

Adaptive Feedrates are supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Trochoidal Milling Option

The Trochoidal Milling option is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – 3D Profile Finishing with Cusp Height, Check Surface and Helical Milling Options

3D profile finishing, including stepover based finishing and cusp controlled operations are supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis. This includes the use of Check surfaces for gouge control and helical milling options.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Flatland Finishing and Flatland Rest Finishing

Automated flatland recognition allows for selection of appropriate tools, feeds and speeds for clean flat finishing. Optimized finishing and rest finishing operations are supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling -Parallel Lace with Up/Down Control

Parallel lace machining with up/down control is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Finish Shallow Areas

Shallow area finishing is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Steep Shallow Rest Finishing

Steep Shallow rest finishing is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Constant Cusp Finishing

Constant cusp finishing is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Contact Angle Control

Contact angle control is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

B,C/Y Axis Milling – Multi Tool Rest Finishing

Multiple tool rest finishing is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

Pencil Milling

Pencil Milling is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

Check Surface Control

Check surface control is supported for both the B axis milling head and the C/Y Axis.

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Import \ Export Capabilities

Essential Solid Loader

Product Code: SESMO-E

Entry Level solids license that loads native Parasolid (.xmt & .xmb), SolidWorks (.sldprt), Solid Edge (.prt), Inventor (.ipt), ACIS (.sat), Kompas (.a3d, .a3mod), Spaceclaim (.scdoc) and STEP files into SURFCAM. Models are loaded as solid entities for subsequent feature finding and toolpath generation.

Notes: Can only be purchased with Essential Milling, Essential Turning and Essential Production licenses. Either Autodesk Inventor, or Autodesk Inventor View (the same version as the Inventor (.ipt) file was saved in or a later version) must be installed on the same PC as SURFCAM Evo to enable loading of Autodesk Inventor files.

SURFCAM Solid Machinist Max

Product Code: SESM0-M

An option to load ACIS, Autodesk inventor, Kompass, Parasolid, Part Modeler, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Spaceclaim, STEP and VISI files into SURFCAM and includes the ability to view and run strategies.

SURFCAM Solid Machinist for CATIA V5

Product Code: SESM0-C

An option to load CATIA V5 (.catpart and .catproduct)and ACIS files into SURFCAM. The models are loaded as solid entities into SURFCAM for subsequent feature finding and machining. Includes the ability to view and run strategies.

SURFCAM Solid Machinist for NX

Product Code: SESM0-N

Loads native Siemens NX (.prt) Includes the ability to view and run strategies.

SURFCAM Solid CAD/CAM

Product Code: SEPSM-0

A bundle of Part Modeler and Solid Machinist Max.

Part Modeler is solid modelling for component/fixture design and editing of Parasolid based models and includes the 2D-3D option to convert DXF/DWG files to 3D solid models. Includes full 3D parametric solid modeling with IGES, DXF, DWG, STL, STEP, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, ACIS, Autodesk Inventor, Unigraphics NX, Creo Parametric and CATIA V5 loaders.

Solid Machinist Max is an option to load ACIS, Autodesk inventor, Kompass, Parasolid, Part Modeler, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Spaceclaim, STEP and VISI files into SURFCAM Evo and includes Strategy Manager.

IGES Healing

Product Code: SE000-H

Option to clean and heal IGES files on import into SURFCAM

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Add-ons

Wire

Product Code: SEEE0-0

Wire EDM 2 and 4 Axis cycles for the comprehensive programming of all Wire EDM machines tools. Including a comprehensive library of proven post-processors and knowledge based cutting schemes as standard.

Includes Feature Finder, Wire Profiles and 3D wireframe design with IGES, VDA-FS, DXF and DWG file loaders and Productivity Toolbox with Job Manager, ToolStore.


Shop Floor Editor

Product Code: SESFE-0

Shop Floor Editor allows the machinist on the shop floor to load SURFCAM part files, edit a limited number of parameters in the machining sequence, run Simulator and generate a new NC file. This licence supports the loading of SURFCAM part files that contain a solid model from Part Modeler, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Spaceclaim, Unigraphics, Parasolid, ACIS, VISI and Autodesk Inventor.


Part Modeler

Product Code: SEPM0-0

Solid modeling for component/fixture design and editing of Parasolid based models. Full 3D parametric solid modeling with IGES, DXF, DWG, STL, STEP, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, ACIS, Autodesk Inventor, Unigraphics NX, Creo Parametric and CATIA V5 loaders. Also includes 2D-3D option to convert DXF/DWG files to 3D solid models.

SURFCAM Literature

Turning


 Turning

Waveform Roughing


Waveform for Milling

Waveform for Turning

Waveform Setup

Wire EDM


Wire EDM

Solid Modelers


Part Modeler

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