Using the Arc Fitting option from ICAM to improve the quality of your machined part surfaces

Using the Arc Fitting option from ICAM to improve the quality of your machined part surfaces Did you know that ICAM offers an optional Arc Fitting "add-on" (xaf license option), which can replace long sequences of point-to-point motion data with circular or helical motions? This option is available as a separately-licensed option of CAM-POST's Gener [...]

November 18th, 2014|Categories: Tech Tips, Virtual Machine|

How to improve Virtual Machine processing speed

Before importing machine solid components as Virtual Machine objects (either in the Quest Developer, or at run-time in Gener or CeRun), use your CAM system to edit the component and remove unnecessary features in the body. For example, all of the holes and key ways of the pallet shown below at left can be removed [...]

November 11th, 2014|Categories: Tech Tips, Virtual Machine|

How to defer coolant to the start of cutting

All the CAM systems supported by CAM-POST have the ability to control the coolant flow during machining. Each system uses specific parameters to control the coolant flow and to select various coolant options and pressures. Systems which output Cutter Location data use for this purpose the standard major word COOLNT; other systems generate information which [...]

November 4th, 2014|Categories: Tech Tips, Virtual Machine|

Did you know that ICAM Virtual Machine simulation can detect “near” collisions?

Virtual Machine is simulation software that can be paired with CAM-POST, to diagnose machine over-travels and collisions during post-processing. When used with ICAM’s patent pending SmartPATH technology, the post-processor can automatically avoid collisions and over-travel conditions. Virtual Machine can also be paired with ICAM’s Control Emulator, to perform so called "G code" simulation. Setting collision [...]

September 16th, 2014|Categories: Tech Tips, Virtual Machine|

Do you know that ICAM Virtual Machine has ability to simulate CNC machines having dynamic fixture compensation?

As an NC programmer, it is not always convenient or desirable to place the program zero at the center of a rotary table.  As a machine operator though, it can be difficult to install a fixture with the part zero exactly where the NC programmer intended it to be on the rotary table.  Modern CNC [...]

May 20th, 2014|Categories: Tech Tips, Virtual Machine|

Did you know that ICAM Virtual Machine allows for Material Removal Simulation and 3D Measurement?

Did you know that ICAM Virtual Machine allows for Material Removal Simulation and 3D Measurement? ICAM Virtual Machine (VM) features Material Removal Simulation (MRS) to simulate the cutting action of the tool with respect to stock definitions and to perform collision checking between collision-enabled components and the in-process stock. MRS can be enabled from the [...]

November 12th, 2013|Categories: Tech Tips, Virtual Machine|