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ModuleWorks offers the full range of toolpath calculations, from 2D and 2.5D, including turning cycles, to 3D roughing and finishing cycles and 5-axis machining for dedicated applications such as multiblade or port machining. ModuleWorks also provides process-specific toolpath calculations, for example for robot-driven laser welding. Most of the input data processed by the ModuleWorks software components is managed by an interface to the common solid kernel and CAD software. Once the geometry has been transferred, the toolpath can be generated and simulated and fully automated machining processes can be initiated.
The 5-Axis software component is an industry-proven product for high-quality 5-Axis machining. It is used by more than 60% of the world’s leading CAM vendors and is the ideal solution for companies who require integrated 5-Axis machining technology. The ModuleWorks solution includes a wide and flexible range of toolpath generation strategies and postprocessing tools to support the full range of 5-Axis machine tools available on the market today.
The ModuleWorks 4-Axis software is a subset of the 5-axis component for applications that require shaft-type parts for automotive camshaft/crankshaft machining, rotary dies and oilfield components. The dedicated 4-Axis module incorporates leading strategies with a high level of automation that empowers operators with full flexibility and control for easy machining of high-quality parts with fully gouge-protected link and approach moves.
The 3-Axis component provides a wide range of 3-axis toolpaths for gouge-free machining of triangle-based and mesh-based models, including collision detection and avoidance options for the tool and holder. Strategies include roughing, rest-roughing and a range of powerful finishing strategies. Used in conjunction with the ModuleWorks 5-Axis technology, 3-Axis toolpaths can be easily converted to 5-Axis toolpaths for optimum efficiency and surface finish. For optimal control, an angle parameter can be used to limit the toolpath to specific areas of the model, such as steep and shallow areas.
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The ModuleWorks adaptive roughing strategy supports simultaneous 5-Axis movements and ensures constant cutting conditions by maintaining consistent cutter engagement. This greatly improves machining time and tool life compared to conventional constant-offset roughing strategies.