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Alphacam exploits full PC potential with 64-Bit support

The latest release of the game-changing Alphacam CAD/CAM software ensures that users can exploit the full power of their PC.

Alphacam 2015 R2 is 64-bit compatible, meaning its programs can utilise all the available memory. "With 32-bit computers only able to work with 2GB, irrespective of how much memory is onboard, some large files are extremely difficult to work with," says Alphacam Technical Manager Paul Green. "We gave a high priority to this development, as it means end users can now process large files without any issues arising."

Amongst the full array of new and enhanced functionality in Alphacam 2015 R2:

The
GUI includes a new fully customisable radial menu. "It means users can set up as few or as many commands as they need."

For Advanced 5-Axis Machining
, while the previous release of Alphacam introduced surface machining, considerable enhancements in 2015 R2 give many more advanced options, including wire frame machining for effective trimming, and multi-axis roughing which allows roughing to the actual contour, removing any unnecessary fresh-air machining. Side Wall Axial Relief Feed (SWARF) machining reduces 5-axis cycle times and gives a better surface finish through effective side-of-tool machining. The strategy is to finish the part in one cut, through constant cutting conditions giving increased material removal and a constant low cutting force, along with simultaneous 5-axis vector orientation providing full access to machining areas.

Enhanced
Feature Extraction makes it easier to find features on orthogonal panel faces. "There is now the option of finding holes and contours on any panel face at the same time, speeding up panel processing."

Another major aspect of new functionality has been added to Part Management, with full associativity between a part and its copy. Whenever an original part is amended on Alphacam 2015 R2, there is the option to automatically update the copy. 
Improved on-screen realism is achieved through Rendered Z-Level Geometries and Material Textures. "By rendering Z-level parts we're making them visually clearer to the user," says Paul Green. "And users can now apply any texture, whether it be metal, wood, granite, plastic or composite, so that it looks on-screen how it will look on the machine. Rendered clamps and fixtures can also be shown on a full machine configuration."

A command in the
Rough Finish cycle - Previous Tool Profile - automatically uses the profile of the previous tool to generate the new tool path to machine corners where form and shaped tools have left material there.

A new function in
Nesting now identifies parts by name, rather than number as in previous releases. "As well as the part names showing in the nest on-screen, they also appear in reports. It helps to make in formation more relevant - users can see at a glance which part is on a nested sheet." 

Solidworks Assembly Support considerably speeds up processing. While Alphacam has been able to import Solidworks files of individual parts for many years, one click now brings in a full assembly file containing all the parts.

Subtle changes to
Part Modeler give higher quality image previews, along with commands for part manipulation including rotation around a specific point or axes, and zoom to a cursor.

Vero Software  in profile
Headquartered in England, Vero Software designs, develops, and supplies CAD/CAM/CAE software radically enhancing the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, providing its customers with exceptional value through high productivity gains and significantly reducing time to market. The company's world-renowned brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, SURFCAM, WorkNC and VISI, along with the production control MRP system Javelin. Despite the diversity of application, these solutions have one thing in common: they all address the rising challenges of achieving manufacturing efficiencies and bring huge value to the operations in which they are deployed.

Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network.

Vero is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.

For further information, e-mail: stewart.bint@verosoftware.com or view website: www.verosoftware.com   
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