Version 6.1 of Third Wave System’s Production Module NC program optimization software integrates physics-based workpiece material models, cutting tool geometries, CAD/CAM inputs, and machine dynamics to predict and display machining performance indicators not easily attainable from trial-and-error testing. The program modifies feed rates by plotting factors such as force, temperature and spindle power along the entire tool path. This is said to help companies create processes that machine faster and promote better tool life and part quality.
Production Module Version 6.1 offers a variety of features and enhancements. Split arc optimization is an extension of the split-line optimization capability. It is designed to provide additional cycle-time savings for companies working with tool paths that utilize large arc movements with varying workpiece engagements. This functionality enables users to split arc moves into smaller segments and introduce more feed-rate changes for consistent cutting forces.
The CAM interfaces are designed to increase support for new tool geometries and simplify stock geometry selection and coordinate system setups within the software’s existing CMA interfaces (NX, Catia, Mastercam and Esprit).
G-code coverage has been expanded with additional toolpath support for G codes such as G68.1, as well as new scaling capabilities for G&L controllers. This expands the range of tool paths that can be optimized using Production Module.