NCG CAM Solutions Ltd, UK officially released NCG CAM v12 on 31st January 2013. This major release includes a number of new features including the ability to machine selected surfaces, the ability to generate ruled surfaces, thread milling, a tool size guide, core horizontal area passes, multi-axis stock models and a VERICUTTM tool list creator, as well as many enhancements.

A demonstration version of NCG CAM v12 is now available to download: –

In NCG CAM v12, the ability to machine selected surfaces has been added. This allows the user to select the individual surfaces to machine and then choose the machine selected surfaces; this will machine to the surfaces’ very edges, without the need to create a boundary first.

A new feature has been added which allows the user to generate a ruled surface from a set of curves, complementing the existing planar patch feature. In combination with the extract converted curves functionality in v11, the user can, for example, extend part surfaces so that machining carries on beyond their edges.

Users are now able to create a thread milling cycle. The canned cycles menu and dialog has been changed slightly.

A tool size guide has been added, allowing the user to define a circle or disc that represents the cutter diameter and which can be moved over the part with the cursor. The user is therefore now able to determine accessibility for a given cutter, without having to create the passes or do a lot of measuring.

Users can now machine horizontal areas by plunging off the job and then milling in from the side, using the new core horizontal area passes. In certain materials, such as InconelTM (a nickel-chromium-based superalloy) and many other steels after heat treatment, machining in from the side will give far better tool life.

Stock models can now be created from multiple axis toolpaths, which will enable the user to visualise the stock resulting from a combination of 3, 3+2 and / or 5-axis toolpaths. The same stock model could also be used as a basisfor rest roughing after a number of machining operations with different tool axes, or against which other toolpaths can be edited.

A VERICUTTM tool list creator has been added to the NCG CAM post-processors, enabling VERICUTTM users to check NC tape files for collisions between machine parts and work piece when the tool axis is tilted.

Setting the ‘Vericut data’ option in the post processor options that will create a tool list (*.tls) for the post processed operations. Once VERICUTTM is started that file can be loaded, defining the cutter and tool holder based on their NCG CAM definitions.

Be sure to download a demo version of NCG CAM’s new version to experience the improvements yourself!

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