Posted by Cristina Sesma
MachineWorks, is thrilled to announce that today, the much anticipated MachineWorks version 7.4 is being released. Among the many new features, hybrid machine tool simulation, higher quality surface finishing and greater accuracy of visual representation are some of the main highlights.
The ability to simulate both Additive Manufacturing and Subtractive Manufacturing in a single environment is also featured in v7.4. The simulation of Hybrid Manufacturing Processes is an addition that has certainly got many of our customers excited. MachineWorks have always been able to deliver material addition as well as material removal but recently we have seen the demand for additive simulation rocketing.
MachineWorks have been integrated in leading CAD/CAM applications since 1994, now, with more and more hybrid CNC machines being brought to market, MachineWorks is offering the software needed to simulate the material deposition as well.
The unique feature about MachineWorks is the degree of flexibility and customisation offered to the Hybrid Manufacturing processes through the different APIs. The Boolean operations to calculate material removal work in reverse to add the material. Whether it is layer by layer addition or cutting material on the same stock, MachineWorks simulates the complete hybrid manufacturing process..
Version 7.4 is the culmination of several years of research and development. It provides much improved finished surface quality thanks to a new algorithm for 5-axis swept volume generation.
The innovative MachineWorks development team have managed to achieve both higher quality and faster performance in 5-axis simulation without compromising on accuracy or stability with the revolutionary 5-Axis algorithm.
The new 5-axis swept volume method allows more flexible quality optimisation, which further enhances the finished surface accuracy and performance in terms of CPU time and number of faces of the stock after simulation.
Furthermore, the new sampling engine offers greater accuracy of graphical representation whilst maintaining great performance and constant memory footprint throughout the simulation.
MachineWorks sampling engine manages to retain detail even when zoomed in. The enhanced ray-traced image contains surface details that would normally be lost when using a sampling technology, but thanks to the new MachineWorks development, have been kept.
MachineWorks’ customers who were privy to the beta version helped with their contributions to shape v7.4 into its final form.
We would like to thank everyone involved in making this release happen.
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