ModuleWorks announces the release of its 2021.12 CAD/CAM software components for digital manufacturing. This is the third ModuleWorks release of 2021 and contains new and enhanced features across the entire product range, including new multi-axis hole making cycles with independent feed rate control, a new morph pattern for laser aided manufacturing and a collision-free solution for robotics post processing.
New hole making cycles for multi-axis machining
The new ModuleWorks hole making strategies provide flexible feed rate control for drilling, reaming and thread tapping with fast programming via a graphical user interface.
When drilling holes, operators can select a different feed rate for the break-through distance to reduce the amount of burr. This can also be used on non-flat holes to ensure a high-quality finish and longer tool life.
Reaming increases the precision of holes. With the new ModuleWorks hole making options, operators can select different approach and retract feed rates to ensure optimal machining conditions for reaming cycles.
The feed rates can also be independently adjusted for thread tapping. Selecting the right feed rate for retract motions reduces non-productive time and speeds up machining.
Morph pattern for laser aided manufacturing
The morph pattern can now be applied to laser aided manufacturing to create a morph toolpath between two leading curves or two guide meshes. The toolpath gradually interpolates between the two input objects and spreads evenly over the machining surface. This is especially useful when machining steep areas during mold making.
When used for Fused Deposition Modeling, the morph pattern enables operators to create a morph toolpath for non-uniform geometries.
Collision-free robotics post processing
This new feature uses the ModuleWorks collision checking algorithm to compute a collision-free solution for robotics post processing. When calculating the inverse kinematics for robots, the ModuleWorks MultiXPost processor detects collision pairs in the robot’s kinematics and takes them into account when generating the posted toolpath.
ModuleWorks is the leading software component provider for the digital manufacturing industry. With over 200 employees and 1000 person-years of software development, ModuleWorks’ expertise in toolpath creation and simulation is recognized throughout the industry and its software components are already optimizing the performance and quality of over 500,000 installed seats of CAD/CAM and CNC software around the world. From standard products to exclusive development projects, ModuleWorks helps companies to bring their vision of Industry 4.0 to life. With its comprehensive portfolio of cutting-edge software components, ModuleWorks enables its customers to optimize their CAD/CAM solutions and connect to CNC/MTB systems to increase their competitiveness and help them Get There Faster.