NCG CAM v19.0 Released
New features include: trim surfaces to a boundary, a new option to specify a final profile pass within the adaptive clearance dialog, user editable toolsheets and more.
May 23, 2023
NCG CAM Solutions Ltd UK officially released NCG CAM v19.0. This major release sees the addition of two-axis turning functionality.
Other new features include: trim surfaces to a boundary, a new option to specify a final profile pass within the adaptive clearance dialog, user editable toolsheets, surfaces can be used to create a swept stock model, default macro folder added and use of transparency, which has been added during cutter simulation.
Improvements have been made to rest waterline passes, radial and spiral passes, rest finishing linking, shallow area boundaries and cutter contact boundaries.
The Drilling functionality has also been enhanced further by supporting Slocombe Style Drilling Centre Drills, a new option to define shank profiles on drills, detect holes by color, Min and Max Angle added to Detect Holes, as well as improvements to dialogues and the Operation Tree display.
Geometry improvements such as import speed increases, 3D trimming for IGES Files and changing the color of triangulated surfaces are included.
Improvements have been made to the graphics, enhancements to the 3D tool guide and other general changes.
Additional developments will follow in NCG CAM v19 point releases to enhance the Pencil Passes, which will improve the theoretical rest boundaries, cutter contact boundaries and rest corner finishing. Rest area clearance linking will also follow in a v19 point release.
A demonstration version of NCG CAM v19.0 is now available to download: https://www.ncgcam.com/demo-download/
Long awaited 2-axis turning has been added to the Basic module of NCG CAM and is included in the price; there is no additional charge for this module. This adds value to existing users with active software maintenance and opens the door new users who have a requirement for turning, as well as milling.
The 2-Axis Turning includes:
- Rough Turning
- Finish Profiling
- Centerline Drilling
- Parting Off
- User definable Chucks
Two-axis post-processors are included in Macro format with customizable turning tool libraries.
Facing can be achieved using predefined Stock or using the finished part with pass extensions. There are options available for Rough facing using multiple passes or Finish facing in one pass.
Rough Turning includes Undercut protection and can be used for roughing side or front contours.
Finish Profiling also includes Undercut protection to avoid Tool Holder collision on the trailing edge whilst turning.
Grooving can be achieved in single or multiple passes with chip-breaking or full depth cut options.
Centerline Drilling now supports ‘Slocombe’ Style center drills with all available sizes pre-defined. Centerline Drilling includes Peck Drilling and Chip Breaking.
Parting off options include single pass or multiple pecks to clear the swarf.
Surfaces can now be trimmed to a Boundary; this new feature provides additional modelling capability and can be useful where additional features need to be added or surfaces corrected after import.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.