In order to accommodate hybrid manufacturing, Edgecam recently released its new Edgecam 2019 R1 with an additive machining module. 

A new dedicated manufacturing cycle guides a laser as it deposits material to form a shape. After that, the shape is machined using Edgecam’s milling cycles to create the final component.   

In total, Edgecam 2019 R1 includes about 30 individual enhancements. As provided by Edgecam, here's a rundown of everything you need to know about its new Edgecam 2019 R1:

Performance improvements  

Mindful of the need to generate quick toolpaths to reduce production costs, Edgecam 2019 R1 introduces three performance-boosting enhancements to its machining engine, benefiting both turning and milling operations.

Regeneration time has been reduced by around 20 percent when editing the Move Angular/Index commands.

“Responding to customer feedback, the Waveform machining algorithm has been enhanced to reduce processing time. Previously, performance bottlenecks were detected when small stepovers were used, or on components with narrow channels and heavily curved regions," says Edgecam brand manager John Buehler. "Manufacturers will now notice average time savings ranging between 15 and 60 percent, depending on the complexity of the component and its cycle parameters.”

And, due to improvements in the way Edgecam’s machining engine generates data, machining large complex components is now considerably quicker. This has been achieved by the way the software calculates prismatic geometry within the toolpath.  

New Parting Off cycle

A new Parting Off cycle is available for turning customers, satisfying a high demand for a single cycle to not only perform the parting off toolpath, but also to deburr the back edge during the operation. “Like all other turning cycles, Parting Off offers extended help through dialog pictures, and is sensitive to the current stock position,” says Buehler.

Numerous Edgecam Inspect enhancements 

Buehler says that although Edgecam Inspect is less than two years old, it continues to grow fast, and Edgecam 2019 R1 introduces 13 new enhancements to it. The mathematical brain behind the product is being switched to use the PCDMIS fit libraries supplied by our parent company, Hexagon. All Geometry Fit calculations, such as measurement deviations and GD&T values, now use a higher level of certified and approved algorithms.

“And we’ve introduced more customization. In the past, users had to accept the standard Measurement Report, but now they can develop their own software plugins to personalize it, along with developing their own probing Canned Cycles, usually in Renishaw or M&H format,” says Buehler. Probing features can be managed more easily, as all commands are automatically created on separate layers. “Also, where either the solid model geometry is incorrect, or the model isn’t available, the new manual feature means it’s still possible to inspect a region.”

Through user feedback, specific probing features now work with rotary solid faces, and the feedback can also include evaluation of Axis Deflection.

“The final enhancement to this area provides two new output variations in the Work Offset function: Type, and Axes. These give greater control and a more detailed inspection routine, while communicating to the machine tool via the NC Gateway”

Hole Cycle extra collision detection

The Hole Cycle now has additional collision checking. While stringent detection has been in place for a number of releases – such as a toolpath being re-directed to avoid a clamp – Edgecam 2019 R1 now checks if a hole is obstructed by any part of a fixture. 

Chamfering Cycle gouge checking

Gouge Check Gap has been added to the Chamfering Cycle to give even stricter control over the toolpath. Specifically, neighboring features which could potentially come into contact with the flute of the taper tool can now be excluded.

Extended CAD format

Edgecam 2019 R1 supports the latest version of all CAD files. “Focusing on a few formats, users will notice, for instance, support for SpaceClaim 19 (ACIS V28), Parasolid version 30.1.247, Inventor 2019, and Creo 5.0. All other CAD formats will be catered for when a newer version becomes available," says Buehler. "It’s particularly exciting that, regardless of which licence a user has, they’ll be able to load all Designer files – *.v_t and *.vdf extensions. Designer is Vero Software’s latest CAD package, featuring direct modelling technology. This will be a major boost for manufacturers who haven’t yet sampled the power of Edgecam’s Solid Machinist capabilities.”

For the complete description of updates included in the new Edgecam 2019 R1, visit verosoftware.com.