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ModuleWorks and ZEISS cooperate on a unified CAD/CAM solution for ultra-precision machining

Monday June 19th, 2017
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ModuleWorks, the leading supplier of CAD/CAM software components for machining and simulation, and ZEISS, an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics, are developing a solution that combines conventional CAM and the requirements of ultra-precision machining in a single CAD/CAM system.

Ultra-precision machining is used for parts that need to be machined to an accuracy of just a few µm and a roughness in the range of nm. Optical parts require both types of machining, ultra-precision machining for the optically effective areas of the part and conventional machining for the non-optical areas. Until now, no single CAD/CAM system combines both types of machining in a single, integrated solution.

ModuleWorks and ZEISS are working together to develop new machining cycles for an integrated process chain that enables optical parts to be machined using a single CAD/CAM system. Integrating all machining relevant processes in a unified system is expected to accelerate process programming for cutting complex freeform surfaces and to improve the quality and cost-efficiency of producing ultra-precision parts.

The new system is powered by the ModuleWorks 64-bit optics kernel. The kernel is based on the industry proven ModuleWorks 5-Axis technology for toolpath generation and has been specially developed to meet the growing demand for high-precision machining of increasingly complex geometries in the optics industry. The ModuleWorks optics kernel supports multi-threading for fast, ultra-precision machining of optical parts such as lenses, molding tools and lens arrays. It supports grinding and diamond turning as well as grinding patterns for roughing, drilling, chamfering, slotting and contouring. The full 3D machine and material removal simulation software can also be applied to small cutting inserts.

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About ModuleWorks
ModuleWorks is a software component provider for the CAD/CAM industry. ModuleWorks’ expertise in toolpath creation and simulation is recognized throughout the CAM industry and its software components and development services are used by the majority of the leading CAM vendors for sophisticated industry focused solutions across diverse business sectors. The ModuleWorks optics kernel applies this technology to the ultra-precision machining of optical parts, bringing the benefits to a new set of end users. ModuleWorks 5-Axis and Simulation software has been used in the manufacturing of complex parts for over a decade and has many users across the global CAD/CAM industry.

About Zeiss
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2015/16 the company generated revenue approximating €4.9 billion with over 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).