Learn more about Adaptive Post-Processing.
Three Powerful NC Solutions in One Streamlined Process
Adaptive Post-Processing™ is a new NC programming methodology that combines post-processing, simulation and optimization in one concurrent operation, saving you from 25% to 35% in programming and machine cycle time.
A robust and reliable post-processing solution with industry-proven results
Accurate, capable machine simulation that quickly identifies collisions over-travels and much more.
A complete suite of powerful tool-path and feed-rate optimization solutions.
The Problem with Traditional NC Programming
The traditional CNC machine programming methodology requires a number of sequential steps to produce production-ready G-code from your CAM system. These steps normally include NC post-processing and G-code verification. The G-code verification software generates an error report suggesting changes to the original part program. This report is then analyzed, which results in revisions to the part program and then the cycle repeats itself until we are content with the G-code for a given CNC machine. This is a manual, time-consuming, costly and ineffective process, which drives up the cost of programming and production.
The Adaptive Post-Processing Advantage
In sharp contrast to the above, ICAM’s new Adaptive Post-Processing™ solution allows you to AUTOMATICALLY and CONCURRENTLY perform all of the advanced NC Post-Processing functions PLUS deliver the most accurate verification available today. The result? 25-35% reduction in NC programming and machine cycle-time and consistent production of verified production-ready G-code every time, WITHOUT repetitive manual intervention. All ICAM products are scalable and modular, so you can purchase what you require and upgrade later!
Smarter Cutting, Smarter Savings
Adaptive Post-Processing also relies on SmartPACK, which consists of three new innovative products called SmartPATH, SmartCUT and SmartFEED. These products work together to automatically adapt, correct and optimize NC programs based on the parameters and kinematics of the machine and part you are making. The resulting adapted NC program includes more efficient tool/positioning paths and optimized tool motions and feed rates, which when combined substantially increase the speed of part production. The software also improves overall productivity by extending tool-life and improving surface finish quality, while optimizing cutting forces and power consumption.
Easy Migration Between Machines
ICAM’s Adaptive Post Processing solutions not only eliminate these errors while reducing programming time, but also allow the programmer to “create tool-paths for the part” without much consideration to machine kinematics and without reprogramming the part at the CAD/CAM level for a second or new target machine. The ability of ICAM’s software to automatically find and correct these errors significantly reduces programming time and human errors while allowing for easy movement of part manufacturing jobs between differing machines.
What Makes it All Possible
“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 Machine , 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.
What Our Clients Are Saying About Adaptive Post-Processing
Here’s a look at what Aerospace Component Manufacturers AVPE & Shape Machining had to say about their experience with the ICAM product lineup.
“With introducing the ICAM software we have seen significant improvements in cutting times, that means we can cut more parts in the same time, which allows us to balance peak times and also to get more business on the same machines without investing in new ones. So that all then concludes in a positive impact on our commercial bottom-line.”
Uwe Kliche, General Manager at AAT Composites