Alphacam 2010 R2 What’s New


  • This document contains a general overview of the new features within Alphacam 2010 R2. Please see the Alphacam 2010 R2 Release Notes for additional, important information, including an extensive listing of all new product features, enhancements, changes, fixes as well as post processor and API enhancements.

New Cylindrical Parallel 3D Machining Strategy

  • Support for rotary cutting functionality in Mill, Router, and Stone modules
  • Fixed XY, YZ, XZ rotational orientation in Standard and Advanced levels of Mill, Router and Stone
  • Full 4-axis support in Ultimate levels of Lathe, Mill, Router, and Stone

New Z Contour Roughing Strategy for 2D Pocketing

  • Usage of Planit Z Contour Roughing engine, provides all the power and efficiency of 3D Z Contour Roughing without the need for Solids/Surfaces

o  Options to specify Climb or Conventional cutting
o  Tool path link methods
o  Option to avoid rollover on the edges of open pockets
o  High speed cornering option
o  Trochoidal option for full-width moves
o  More…

  • Supports Vertical, Sloping and Auto-Z pocketing
  • Available in Standard level and higher

New Rough/Finish Options to Produce Multiple Roughing Cuts

  • Enhanced Rough/Finish options to produce multiple horizontal (XY) roughing cuts in a single process

New Wrap Around Geometry Functionality

  • Designed to complement the existing Wrap onto Surface feature, without the need for surfaces
  • Allows wrapping of a variety of objects around any 2D geometry
                                                     o 2D geometry, 3D polylines, splines
                                                     o Surfaces, STL
                                                     o 2D, 3D and 5-axis tool paths

New Geometry Editing Tools

  • New Fabricate editing tools provide advanced manipulation of 2D geometry
                                                             o Cut
                                                             o Crop
                                                             o Subtract
                                                             o More…

Solid Support for Cut Spline/Polyline

  • 4/5-axis tool angle can now be controlled by Solid Faces or Solid Bodies, in addition to Surfaces
  • Provides a much more reliable and cleaner result when compared to Surfaces
  • Eliminates the need to create Surfaces from Solid Faces
  • Solids are also now supported within the Edit Tool Angle command within the Ultimate modules

Solid Support for 3D Project and Wrap

  • Geometries and/or toolpaths can now be projected to or wrapped onto Solid Bodies

Enhanced Tool Side and Automatic Start Point Options

  • New options to automatically set closed geometry tool sides for pockets or for cutouts

    Automatic for Pocketing – Will set the tool side on the inside of the outermost geometry, and then on alternate sides of internal geometries.

    Automatic for Cutout –Will set the tool side on the outside of the outermost geometry, and then on alternate sides of internal geometries.
  • New options to automatically set the start on closed geometries when setting tool side and directions. Start points can be set to a variety of locations and independently for geometries with tool sides set to inside, outside, and on centre.

Enhancements to Standard Level of Mill, Router, Stone

  • STL support, including STL Utilities

  • 3D Solid Machining for STL parts

  • Machining Configuration support for tool/part movement and rotation

General Enhancements

  • AutoCAD 2010 file support
  • Additional improvements to Z Contour Roughing
  • Hole Feature Extraction enhancements
  • Extend 3D Polyline to Solids
  • Animation during viewpoint changes and zooming commands
  • Lead-In/Out line support for centreline tool paths
  • CAD to CAM enhancements
  • New post processor variables for easier programming of 4-axis rotational parts
  • Many more…

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