The Adaptive Post-Processing Concept
“Adaptive” refers to the automatic changing and optimization of the NC programmer’s original part program (tool-paths) prior to it being used in production on a specific CNC machine. Our software factors in the unique limitations, functions and kinematics of the target CNC machine and recalculates tool paths, resulting in an optimized part program. The software considers all degrees of freedom within the machine and automatically adjusts the part program for the user.
This is made possible by SmartPATH, ICAM’s innovative technology that recalculates a more efficient movement of the tool in space, while ensuring that the tool still travels from point A to point B as originally planned, but without collisions. ICAM’s Adaptive solution also keeps track of remaining stock material, during the cutting process, and determines where and when to alter cutting speeds accordingly.
This is done automatically within ICAM’s machine simulation software (Virtual MachineTM), because it knows when the tool will be in contact with the material in real-time. Developing this technology is natural at ICAM, as we have deep knowledge of not only the CAD/CAM system, but also proper machining practices and part manufacturing as it occurs on the CNC machine.