The machining of marbles, ceramics and stone offers unique challenges to machine tools and CAM software systems. Applications vary from bespoke production of intricate components for heritage sites such as cathedrals, mosques and municipal buildings to volume manufacture of ornaments and furniture, worktops, fireplaces, stairs and tiles.
Toolpath algorithms are available for 2 through 6-axis cutting and engraving. ModuleWorks high speed cutting algorithms reduce machining time, improve surface quality and provide the effective management of cutting forces that is critical in the machining of brittle materials without breakage
A wide range of stone-specific cutter types are supported including disk/blade cutters used in 6-axis motions, slot, barrel and dove mills and user defined form tools. Powerful strategies such as multi-pencil finishing are available to reduce or eliminate final polishing, and undercut machining is fully supported with automatic collision detection.
ModuleWorks material removal and simulation engines are available to preview parts and test strategies prior to actual machining ensuring potential errors are detected early on in the machining workflow.
Bridges to ACIS, Parasolid and Open Cascade are available reducing integration times for users of those systems.