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October 2018:

Ez-Cam 2019 / V26 - Is here.

What’s new in EZCAM Version 2019 (V26)

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – New Startup window
The small dialog for selection of the current EZ-CAM module that came up in previous versions when the File/New command was selected has been replaced by a splash-screen dialog having many more options. When starting EZ-CAM or selecting the File/New command, the new dialog enables selection of the most recent part files for both MILL and TURN modes. In addition, when the desired file is not among these, one may alternatively click the “Open...” button to browse and find the file and open it. Either way the system will automatically start in the correct mode according to the selected file type. And, as with the old dialog, clicking any of the “MILL-PRO”, “MILL” or “TURN” buttons will start the system with an empty document in the mode selected.

          

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Improved Drag & Drop Functionality
In addition to the new splash screen mentioned above, drag & drop files onto the EZ-CAM icon or the application window (an overlooked but very handy feature), has been reworked as well.
• Dropping any file onto the desktop icon opens the application in the correct mode depending on the file type (MILL or TURN).
• When dropping a file onto an existing EZ-CAM window, the file will be loaded on top of the already existing data. If the file type is different to the existing session, as for example dropping a “TURN” file onto a “MILL” session, an automatic restart in the new mode is done before loading the data.
• Any EZ-CAM supported CAD file (DXF, IGES, STEP, etc.) dropped onto the application window will automatically be imported.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – New Web Tools for remote editing of Worksteps
When starting up new parts, users very often modify CAM generated NC code directly on the machine, due to part, tool, or machine-specific reasons. To keep the associated CAM file current, the machinist typically needs to note any changes and manually update the associated CAM file. Then, only after re-posting, will the code for this part include the changes.
Now, with EZ-CAM “Web-Tools”, we introduce a new method to revolutionise this process by enabling the user to remotely edit workstep-related parameters. With Web-Tools, part data (workstep parameter & snapshot image) can be uploaded to our new web service, EZ-CAM Online. The data can then be accessed via any web browser, running on any operating system (Android, iOS, Windows) on hardware such as tablets, smart phones, or laptops. Any modifications done via the remote devices can later be downloaded to EZ-CAM through Web-Tools to update the original part file on the PC.

          

• Access to EZ-CAM Online service for registered users.
• EZ-CAM Online is supported in any browser on mobile devices using Android, iOS, or Microsoft Mobile operating systems.
• Only workstep related machining information is shared, no sensitive part data (dimensions, geometry, surfaces, toolpaths, etc.) is uploaded.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – New "Floating Spreadsheet"
EZ-CAM’s unique Spreadsheet control – displaying the most important workstep related machining data for easier editing – can now be opened as a floating window to be moved around on the same machine’s screen or even on an external monitor. Such dual-monitor users will greatly benefit from keeping the separate spreadsheet window constantly open, allowing direct editing on one side while viewing the part and verifying the toolpath on the other.

                      

      Monitor #1 displaying EZ-CAM‘s main           “Floating Spreadsheet” as separate
                application window                                     window on second Monitor

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Double-Click on Spreadsheet to open Full Machining Dialog
Although many key machining settings are directly accessible via the spreadsheet, sometimes users need to modify other settings and accordingly will open the full machining dialog. In previous versions this was not possible from inside the spreadsheet. Now in release 2019, the full machining dialog can be opened by a simple double-click in the first column of the spreadsheet in the row of the workstep to be edited.

          

 

MILL / MILL Pro – Updated World on Model command, loads “Stock Model”
A new "Load Stock" option was added to the World on Model command, originally introduced in version 2018. This option loads any 3D file format with surfaces to be merged into one closed surface named “stockSrf”, representing the stock model with transparent color (white). In addition, the “Stock Type” on the “Stock Setup” dialog is automatically set to “Custom stock”.

          

 

MILL / MILL Pro – Zig-Zag Cycle – Finishing Path with Ramps Moves
The Finishing Pass of the Zig-Zag cycle, intended to clean the ridges along the machined profile, now includes automatic lead-in moves to avoid over-stressing the tool when entering the remaining material. The lead-in length is automatically set to 50% of the defined Step Over distance.

 

MILL / MILL Pro – 3D-Wizard – Constant-Z Finishing with Flat Regions
A new update to the 3D-Wizard’s Constant-Z Finishing method always includes passes for “flat regions”.

          

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Enhanced Toolpath Display Performance
The display performance of very large toolpaths has been updated and greatly improved.

 

TURN – Roughing Cycles – New “Peck Step” option
EZ-TURN introduces the new “Peck Step” parameter for Turn, Bore and Face roughing cycles. Clearance distance between two pecking steps is 0.1 mm, and retract and engage moves are controlled by “Engage Angle”, “Clearance”, “Withdraw Angle” and “Withdraw Distance” parameters.

          

 

TURN – New “Engraving” Cycle
Improving on previous releases, the new “Engraving” cycle lets you define the technology data, as well as the engraving specific parameters, all in one dialog. The path curve is created automatically, and toolpath can be verified right away, anytime. Modifying the text only requires opening the workstep, changing the text, closing the dialog and then re-verifying or posting the toolpath.

                      

 

TURN – Enhanced Cutoff Cycle
The Cutoff cycle has received a major upgrade with the addition of some very frequently requested features:

          

 

The new settings “Cutoff Diameter (F-reduced)” and “Feed Factor” allow performing the final stage of the cutoff process using a reduced feedrate.

 

As an alternative to the (newly updated) Parts Catcher option, the user can also define a “Takeover Length” that is passed to the NC code that handles part-takeover on Sub-Spindle machines.

 

Regular EZ-CAM cycles always explicitly use the left edge of a cutoff tool – the new “Tooltip” option of the “Cutoff” cycle, however, allow you to select which edge of the tool, left or right, is measured and defined by the corresponding offset on the machine. For this the cycle will use the workstep’s “Tool Width” setting to correctly calculate toolpath and NC code, respectively.

 

“X Liftoff Distance” = X retract distance when doing multiple X steps during the cutoff.
“Z Liftoff Distance” = Z retract distance after cutoff move.

 

EDM – Verification now with “Real Wire Offset”
The Contouring, XYUV and Die/Punch cycles now verify the wirepath using different offset values for multiple passes. If the technology table provides valid offset values (between 0 and twice the wire diameter), the system will use these, otherwise it will compute a standard value between the wire radius and wire diameter for each pass. In the case of multiple passes, the interval will be divided equally among those.

          

         The “Comp-Val” section where the offset for each pass is defined.

          

                          Verified toolpath with multiple passes (offsets).

 

EDM – Enhanced Wirepath 3D Simulation
The updated 3D simulation now uses different colors for each pass along a certain profile and hides the bodies split away from the stock automatically. In addition, the background color of the simulation window has been changed to a gradient display.

          

 

EDM – Pocketing Cycle – New “Radial” Option
In release 2018, the Pocketing cycle’s wirepath was converted to the more efficient trochoidal style. In the 2019 release the new “Radial” setting gives the option to switch between old-style parallel pocketing (Radial=Off) and the new trochoidal style (Radial=On). In addition, the trochoidal style has seen several improvements in respect to reduced cut/thread occurrences and better wire/part collision checks while moving inside the pocket at rapid feedrates.

                      

                      Radial 'Off'                                     Radial 'On'

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Post Processor ID and G-Code File Extension stored in Part Files
The name of the last used post processor (machine specific NC code configuration file) is now directly saved into the part file together with the file extension used for the G-Code file. This information is then restored automatically when the partfile is opened again.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Updated Worksheet Document
Create Worksheet Document now includes the image of the part at the top of the page.

 

All Modules – Enhanced STEP and AutoCAD 2018 DWG Import
The CAD import filters for STEP data has been modified and updated extensively. In addition, the AutoCAD DWG import has been upgraded to support latest 2018 file types.

 

All Modules – CAD Import – Automatic Geometry Cleanup
Overlapping lines/arcs are deleted during CAD import so that chain command can now be used on the solid wireframe geometry as an alternative method for rapid curve creation.

 

All Modules – Gradient 3D Simulation Background
Gradient is now the standard background color for the simulation window of all EZCAM modules.

 

November 2017:

Ez-Cam 2018 / V25 - Is here.

What’s new in EZCAM Version 2018 (V25)

MILL / TURN / EDM – New Toolbar Colour Scheme and Menubar with Icons:
The new toolbar colour scheme and the new menu bar with icons left of menu items add clarity and consistency making EZ-CAM 2018 look great. Command Manager can be optionally docked to bottom using the new setting in the Customise dialog and function keys can be assigned to the command buttons of the currently selected tab.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – Drag-and-Drop Items From Menus to Toolbars:
In EZ-CAM 2018 more customisation options have been introduced. Drag-and-drop items from menus to toolbars is now possible. Menu items can also be dragged within the same menu or into other menus. Pop-up menus can be created via right click. All of these can be now achieved when in customisation mode.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – Unlimited Number of Re-Roughing:
Unlimited number of reroughing operations can be created for the same 3D roughing workstep. Each reroughing worksteps references the previous reroughing workstep in the chain.

 

MILL / MILL Pro – 4th Axis Wrapping - Finishing Rotational 3D Models:
4th axis wrapping function for finishing rotational models can now be performed using contouring cycle with multiple link path curve and machining surfaces. 3D step-over can be specified with curve step parameter or helical option can be activated for continuous rotation.

 

MILL Pro – Largest Flat Diameter and Largest Corner Radius Commands:
Largest Flat Diameter and Largest Corner Radius commands offer great help in selecting the correct tool size. Both commands apply multi-core processing for better performance.

    Largest Flat Diameter command finds the largest flat                     Largest Corner Radius command analyses the complete
    tool size that machines the part with the least rest                          model and provides the largest tool radius possible
    material possible and reports the corresponding rest                      and reports the corresponding rest material percentage.
    material percentage.        

 

MILL Pro – Uncut Model Percentage:
Uncut Model % shows percentage of total surface area reachable from +Z by the currently selected workstep’s tool. This command also creates uncutSrf to display inaccessible regions.

    Uncut Model % command marks the inaccessible regions             Uncut Model % command marks the inaccessible regions
    for the selected tool on a part with planar surfaces.                        for the selected tool on a part with a complex shape.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – 3D Roughing Helical Outside-In Pocketing:
Helical outside-in pocketing is now possible in 3d roughing method. This strategy will now skip the first pass if 3d roughing or if 2d face milling is active.

 

MILL / MILL Pro – Thread-Milling 4th Axis Index-Repeat Parameters:
Index-repeat parameters are supported by threadmilling.

 

MILL / MILL Pro – Hole Recognition - Max Limit For Circle Radius:
Hole recognition's max limit for circle radius can be customized using [ML3D] maxHoleRadius setting in "ezcam.ini" file.

 

MILL / MILL Pro – Hole Detection Function Counter Bore Support:
Hole detection command now recognizes cylindrical counter bores (metric M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, M12) which can be then machined using pre-defined methods of Curve Machining Wizard. Furthermore, performance of hole detection has been much improved.

 

MILL Pro – Refinishing Toolpath - Constant-Z Section Enhancement:
Constant-Z section of refinishing toolpath will now support open surface link type correctly.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – Chain Type Setting and Auto Chain Function Covers All Figures:
Circle Chain option is renamed as Chain Type and can be used for any shape.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard - Save Default Button:
Save Default button has been added to 3D-Wizard dialog.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – Imported DXF/DWG Spline Profiles - Optimized Arcs:
Spline profiles in DXF/DWG files will be imported as optimized arcs.

 

TURN Express / TURN – Bi-Directional Multi-Pass Profile Cycle Support:
EZ-Turn multi-pass profile cycle now supports bi-directional option of cycle-data dialog.

 

TURN Express / TURN – "Create Worksheet Document" Feature:
Create Worksheet Document has been added to the Help menu of EZ-TURN Express.

 

EDM – Pocketing Cycle Trochoidal Strategy:
EZ-EDM pocketing cycle utilizes trochoidal strategy for burning out small cavities.

 

EDM – XYUV Cycle Multiple Shape Support:
XYUV cycle supports machining multiple shapes within one workstep. Path curves need to be selected in the following order: crv1Lower, crv1Upper, crv2Lower, crv2Upper, etc.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – Solidworks 2018 Sldprt Files Can Now Be Imported

 

EDM – Autosave Using Different Filename For Each Session:
Autosave function will save part files in the sub-folder named Autosave using different filename for each EZ-EDM session.

 

EDM – Max. Hole Radius Setting for Skipping Automatic Lead In/Out:
[EDM] maxHoleRadius setting in "ezcam.ini" file allows Chain circles command to skip automatic lead in/out from the centre point.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – Enhanced Overall Graphics Display Performance
Overall graphics display features are fine tuned and the performance is enhanced in EZ-CAM 2018.

 

EDM – Select Entities First Option:
Select Entities First option has been added to EZ-EDM.

 

EDM – Copy/Paste Worksteps Between Different Sessions:
Copy/Paste worksteps between different sessions is now also available in EZ-EDM.

 

October 2016:

Ez-Cam 2017 / V24 - Is here.

What’s new in EZCAM Version 2017 (V24)

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Thumbnail Icons with Preview Image:
The EZCAM v2017 setup automatically installs a new DLL that allows the Windows operating system to display thumbnail icons with preview images inside its native file explorer. In addition, the preview image is now stored inside EZCAM’s own EZ-MILL (*.3DP) and EZ-TURN (*.TRN) part files. In comparison to earlier EZCAM versions, which stored the preview images as separate files, the new method ensures preview availability even when files are copied over non-windows networks and systems.

 

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Revised Tooltips for Command Buttons:
To further improve usability, the tooltips for command buttons now include videos, graphics and multiline text. Especially new or non-regular users will benefit from this fast and more comprehensive help. At the same time, these tooltips have a little delay time build in, so that workflow for experienced users will not be affected.

 

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – New “Stock Milling” Roughing Option:
The new “Stock Milling” option found on the “3D Wizard” dialog now gives users two options of how to handle any selected check surfaces. If unchecked, check surfaces define the area that should be avoided by the toolpath. If checked, check surfaces represent the stock model which has to be removed.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – Refinishing Method combines Constant-Z and Equidistant Toolpath:
Refinishing operations now automatically combine “Equidistant” and “Constant-Z” toolpath types. By using the “Surface Angle” setting, the user defines the angular limit that is machined using the “Equidistant” method. For example, by setting surface angle to “0-50” degrees, all areas up to 50° are refinished using the “Equidistant” method while the rest, up to 90° is machined using the “Constant-Z” method. Please note, that the lower value of the “Surface Angle” setting is always ignored and regarded as being “0”.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – Finishing support for Draft Angle Tools:
The 3D-Wizard’s “Equidistant” and “Constant-Z” finishing methods now support the use of tools with draft angle defined by the tool angle setting.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – New “Outside-in” Roughing Option:
If the “Outside-in” option is checked, any “3D-Wizard” roughing operation tries to detect open edges along the selected surfaces. If any detected, the toolpath for every Z level pass starts at a plunge location using “Step-Over” distance away from the open edge

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – New “Additional Side Allowance” Finishing Option:
A new “Additional Side Allowance” setting is now available for “3D-Wizard” roughing and finishing (Constant-Z and Equidistant) operations. This enables users to give the system a separate XY finish allowance, regardless of any surface “Finish Allowance“.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – Revised “Outside-In” Equidistant Finishing Option:
The task of finishing flat areas of a 3D model has been optimized. When “Equidistant” finishing is used in combination with the “Outside-In” option and a “Surface Angle” set to “0” (= only flat areas), the toolpath automatically starts at any open edge that is detected.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – Worksteps as Templates:
By using the new “Save Defaults” button on the 3D wizard dialog, all current settings can be saved as templates for future use. When creating a new wizard workstep, the workstep ID dialog provides a list box, offering all available wizard templates for selection.

 

MILL Pro – 3D Wizard – “Constant-Z” Finishing with new “Maximum Z-Step” Option:
When using the “Variable Step” option for “Constant-Z” finishing operations, the applied Z-Step per pass is calculated by the system, based on the specified “Scallop Height” for the resulting surface. Sometimes, especially along completely vertical surface areas, this resulted in step sizes that exceeded the tools machining capabilities. To avoid this, the new “Max. Step” settings now allows to set a maximum step value to avoid this.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Revised Postscript (EPS) Data Import:
When importing data in EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) format, curved profiles were often converted into tiny linear moves, increasing file size and making machining more difficult. In addition, this also had negative effects on the profiles visual quality. To improve this, EPS data imported via the “File Open” command is now automatically optimized into tangent arcs and line entities where ever possible. The graphic below represents the reduced number of curve entities in an imported and optimized EPS file.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN / EDM – Revised CAD Data Import:
When importing CAD data (STEP, Parasolid, Solidworks, etc.), a three step process is started. First, all surface data is converted into corresponding EZCAM entities. Second, boundary geometry is created for all surfaces. In addition, the system checks boundary quality of adjacent surfaces to prevent double geometry creation. In the third and final step, the system tries to detect arcs or lines that represent full circles and converts them into circle entities. Now each of these steps roughly uses one third of the total import time. To improve performance, the last two steps (geometry creation and circle detection) can be disabled. Both can be executed later by using the new “Surface Edge Geometry” command, found in the “Geometry” menu. Another benefit is the reduced amount of data to be hold in memory after import. This greatly improves general handling performance and makes it for example easier to extract the part to be machined from a complete CAD assembly.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – New “Select Entities First” Option:
Some commands (Translate, Move, Rotate, Mirror, Scale) found in the “Edit” menu require a special sequence to be followed. Depending on the command you need to select points or insert values such as translation distances or scale factors. Once this is done, the affected entities are selected. The new toggle “Select Entities First” optionally reverses this process. You can first select the entities, then handle the remaining data as required. Many users may find this sequence easier to follow and should therefore be able to increase their productivity.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Updated Solidworks Import (64-Bit only):
The EZCAM core and related import libraries have been updated to allow Solidworks 2016 SLDPRT files import. However, this functionality is only available for 64-Bit EZCAM modules.

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Updated “Chain” Curve Command:
Due to various requests, the curve “Chain” command has been updated. Beside the fact that the number of entities to be chained is now unlimited, this command saw several improvements regarding visual feedback during the chaining process. Especially when chaining multiple profiles, the system now gives continuous feedback by highlighting already chained blocks on the screen. In addition, a progress bar is displayed at the bottom of the screen, indicating that the process is still ongoing.

 

 

MILL / MILL Pro / TURN – Open Post Editor Modules:
The “Post Process” dialog received a new button to directly load the current postprocessor into the corresponding postprocessor editor, MBuild for MILL and TBuild for TURN.

 

 

TURN – Target Part Creation by Curve:
When using the “Stock and Optimization Setup – Create Uncut Solids” option to compare the as-cut verification model to the original CAD model, a so called “Target Part” representing the final 3D model of the part needs to be defined. Usually this is done by a single STL surface named “targetsrf“. New in TURN v2017 is the option to define the target part in form of a simple 2D curve named “targetCrv“. This curve represents a cross sectional profile that is automatically converted to a target part model by 360° rotation around World Z axis.

 

TURN – Updated Live-Tool Dialog with default Feed and Speed:
The “Advanced Tool Options” dialog, used in all live-tool cycles, has been updated to support the default settings for feedrate and speed, retrieved from the current live-tool tool database.

 

TURN – Updated Turn Tool Library:
The standard tool library that is shipped with all EZ-TURN modules has been extended with many new tools and tool holders.

 

 

EDM – Updated Auto Start/End Automation Command:
The new “Punch Special” option was added to the “Autostart for all Curves” function dialog, found in the “Automation” menu. Originally this command only added “Lead In/Out” moves along the outside (Punch) or inside (Die) of all visible curves, including any appended sub profiles. The new “Punch Special” feature now always places the start point of the next profile in-side the previous profiles (already cut and removed) loop.

 

EDM – DIE Machining – Updated Technology Data Calculation:
The use of technology data files in combination with the DIE wizard has been revised to fully support correct assignment of cutting data to the various DIE sections (Conic1, Land, Conic2).
Depending on the selected “DIE” and “Sequence” type, the corresponding cutting height is calculated and displayed on the “Set Technology Data” dialog. According to the displayed height, the “Calculate” button now retrieves the correct conditions for each section.

 

EDM – XYUV Machining – Additional Return Distance for Multiple Passes:
The “Return Distance” setting found on the “Cycle Data” dialog is now also available for XYUV machining operations. At the end of the second pass, the wire usually moves back all the way to the original start point of the curve. When applying more than 2 passes, this behavior is unnecessary and time consuming. Therefore, if “Return Distance” is set, the system retracts only by this value, before continuing with the third pass.

 

 

October 2015:

Ez-Cam 2016 / V23 - Is here.

What’s new in EZCAM Version 2016 (V23)

MILL Pro – 64-bit Edition is Ready:
EZ-MILL Pro 2016 comes with a 64-bit edition which now makes it possible to import and create 3D toolpaths for very large and complicated solid models.

 

MILL Pro – Fine Tessellation of 3D Models:
Fine Tessellation option introduces a new triangulation module creating gap-free models which take up less memory but are well within chordal tolerance. Models imported with this option allow higher quality 3D toolpath creation.

 

MILL / MILL Pro – Curve Feature Recognition:
New Curve menu command "Pocket, Face, Contour Recognition" detects pockets in the currently selected UCS as curves named as "P" and colored red, faces named as "F" and colored blue, contours named as "C" and colored yellow. All paths not 100% accessible and circular paths smaller than 1 inch (12mm) diameter are omitted.

 

MILL Express – ultraHSM (smooth HSM) Feature:
EZ-MILL Express includes ultraHSM high-speed pocketing as standard feature. Constant material removal rate is obtained by feedrate optimization and circular cutting passes in combination with radial ramp in/out moves guarantee a continuous toolpath without any sharp corners. This reduces machining time and increases tool life by up to 10 times.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Corner Rounding for Multiple-Pass Contouring:
If cut step parameter of Contouring cycle is defined to create multiple passes and smooth HSM option is enabled system rounds sharp corners in all passes except the last one.

               Multi-pass contouring | smooth HSM option: Disabled      Multi-pass contouring | smooth HSM option: Enabled

 

MILL / MILL-Pro – Face Curve Detects Open Edges:
Face curve command includes a new option to automatically detect open edges.

                 "Detect Open Edges" option marks open edges              Top view of the simulation result for pocketing
                 of the newly created curve                                                    operation using this curve

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Open Edge Pocketing Fine Tuned:
Open edge pocketing can now handle most complicated cases.

                 Red surface has open edges along narrow stripes          Top view of the simulation result for pocketing operation
                                                                                                                      using the face curve of the red surface

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Adaptive Z-Step for Top/Bottom Fillets:
For top and bottom fillet options of draft data, Z-Step parameter becomes stepping distance along the arc.

                Top and bottom fillets machined by constant Z-steps       Top and bottom fillets machined by adaptive Z-steps

 

MILL / MILL Pro / EDM – Compute Volume & Area Command:
Compute Volume command now calculates also the area enclosed by the current curve.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro / TURN Express / Turn – Autosave with Session Number:
Autosave files are saved in "Autosave" folder in ezcam23 and session number is appended to their filenames.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Draft Angle | Z-Step Connect Option: When draft parameters are applied, Connect option in Z-Data can now be activated to eliminate all rapid travels.

                 Z-Step | Connect Option = Disabled                                    Z-Step | Connect Option = Enabled

 

MILL Pro – 3d Toolpath Calculation Performance Enhancement:
Calculation performance for 3d wizard methods are optimized by compressing tessellated triangle data of the 3d solid model.

 

MILL Pro – Small Features to be Suppressed in Roughing:
3D Roughing method offers a new parameter to set an additional tool diameter percentage which can be used to avoid the tool entering into regions which are smaller than the tool diameter plus the additional percentage. This option is essential if the tool can not plunge into the material directly and the figure does not offer enough space for alternative plunging options such as helical or zigzag.

                 Workpiece containing a small pocket at the bottom          Features smaller than the "tool + additional tool diameter"
                                                                                                                      are omitted in 3D Roughing

 

MILL Pro – 3D Equidistant | Fine Surface Finish:
3D equidistant method with ball end tool supports now EZCAM's proprietary "Top" projection method to get very fine surface finish. This innovative method refines the toolpath by increasing the accuracy of its points using the analytical definition of the 3d model.

                 Simulation result of the industry standard facet                Superb surface finish quality achieved by 3D Equidistant
                 calculated surface finishing toolpath                                  using EZCAM's proprietary "Top" projection method

 

MILL Pro – Roughing from Stock | Path Offset Setting:
Roughing from Stock method utilizes path offset setting to extend the toolpath outside.

                                                Roughing applied from a cylindrical stock with
                                                the setting "Path Offset = Tool Diameter"

 

MILL Pro – Constant-Z Roughing | Plunge Point Enhancement:
Outside-In option selects adequate start points in constant-z roughing levels.

 

MILL Pro – Re-Roughing | Minimize Jumps:
If min jumps is turned on in re-roughing method toolpath passes are ordered by region minimizing rapid travels.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro / TURN Express / Turn – 3D Preview Simulation | Different Color for each Tool:
Preview simulation command uses different color for the material cut by each tool.

               EZ-MILL | Different simulation colors for each tool             EZ-TURN | Different simulation colors for each tool

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro / TURN Express / Turn – 3D Simulation | New Stepping Options:
Simulation Setup dialog includes a new setting to select simulation stepping type as SINGLE, Z-RAPID UP, WORKSTEP or TOOL CHANGE. When system stops you can hit enter key to step or left mouse click to continue.

 

EDM – XYUV Profile Matching for XY Intersection Curves:
XYUV profile matching using geometry lines is extended to support curves created by XY-Intersection.

 

EDM – "Auto Create XYUV" Workstep command:
Automation Command "Auto Create XYUV" creates complete workstep just in seconds after user picks only the upper and lower z-levels from the solid model. Thanks to the above-mentioned "profile matching by XY intersection curves" feature, upper and lower profiles are automatically matched.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro / TURN Express / Turn – New Toolbar Group | Advanced Viewing Buttons:
New floating toolbar with advanced viewing buttons (such as back, right front bottom, left and all other common viewing angles) can easily be activated via space bar shortcut key.

 

MILL / MILL-Pro / Turn / EDM – Check Angle Command Supports Surfaces:
Check Angle command can now be used to display the angle between two surfaces.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Simulate Tool | Dynamic Viewing Commands:
Simulate Tool feature supports dynamic viewing actions (such as dynamic rotation, zooming, panning) during simulation.

 

EDM – 3D Simulation Creates Machined Part as Solid Body:
“Create Part Solid” option in “EZ-EDM | Stock Setup” lets 3D Preview command create solid bodies named “PartSrf1, PartSrf2, etc.”.

 

 

October 2014:

Ez-Cam 2015 / V22 - Is here.

What’s new in EZCAM Version 2015 (V22)

MILL / TURN / EZCAM Express – Updated Spreadsheet Module:
After many years of excellent service, EZCAM’s unique spreadsheet module has been replaced and functionally enhanced to answer various user requests and operating system requirements. Below you’ll find the list of its most important new features.

• The content display is improved by use of different colors to highlight current row, column and selected field.

• Columns can be reordered by drag and drop.

• You can hide/show columns in “customize” mode, activated by either pressing “Alt” key or displaying the “Customize buttons” dialog from the “View” menu. Columns to be hidden are then displayed in purple and removed from the table upon exiting customize mode.

 

MILL / TURN – New single Workstep Templates:
The “Save Defaults” command, located in the tabbed machining dialogs, can now be used to save the settings of the current workstep as template for subsequent operations. User is prompted for a template ID to save current settings in a “3dp” (Mill) or “trn” (Turn) file under that name in predefined subfolders, “WorkstepTemplateMetric” or “WorkstepTemplateInch”. If the “ID” input field is left as “Default”, then current settings are saved into the “ezcam.ini” file to be used as “Default Template”. When creating a new workstep, the ID input dialog now also displays the template list which includes “Default Template” as the current selection followed by the names of any available templates. If no templates exist this list is not included.

 

„Save Default“ button on workstep dialogs                              Dialog when creating a new workstep

 

MILL-Pro – 3D Roughing using UltraHSM toolpath:
3D Roughing operations using the “Pocketing” toolpath type now also support the “UltraHSM” option, previously only available for 2.5D pocketing. Constant material removal rate is obtained by feedrate optimization and circular cutting passes in combination with radial ramp in/out moves guarantee a continuous toolpath without any sharp corners. This usually reduces machining time and increases tool life by up to 10 times.

 

MILL-Pro – 3D Wizard Roughing – Z step smoothing:
Pocketing and Zig-Zag types of Roughing methods of the 3DWizard can now automatically create refinishing Z step passes between two consecutive roughing levels to reduce the resulting steps along the part wall. If “Step Finish” parameter in “Z-Data” section is defined, then these methods use “Step-Z” to calculate the roughing levels each of which is followed by refinishing passes calculated using “Step Finish” parameter. As a result, the remaining steps along the part surface are much smaller, leaving less material to be removed by subsequent finishing operations.

                      Regular Steps without Z refinishing                                            Red area removed by Z refinishing

 

MILL / MILL-Pro – Pocketing with continuous Stepover:
The 2,5D Pocketing cycle now includes the new “Helical” option (see “Cycle Data” tab) to create a helical continuous toolpath, completely avoiding any direct plunge into the material. Below you can see two examples of basic pocket profiles demonstrating nicely the new helical toolpath strategy.

 

MILL-Pro – Constant-Z & Equidistant helical step method:
The 3D wizards “Equidistant” and “Constant-Z” finishing methods also provide the new “Helical” step type to create a continuous toolpath which improves surface quality by avoiding marks created by direct step-over moves between finishing passes.

                                          “Constant-Z” finishing using “Helical” step method

                                          “Equidistant” finishing using “Helical” step method

 

MILL-Pro – Constant-Z Finishing – Checksurface Support:
The 3D wizards “Constant-Z” finishing method now supports check surfaces which can be selected to define a machining boundary. The toolpath will then automatically start at the open edge if selected cut surfaces are not closed. In addition, with “Step” type set to “Linear”, one can use the “Plunge Options” to apply any combination of linear or arc ramp moves. The machining direction can be controlled via the “Climb Milling” option.

                    Yellow = Selected Machining Surfaces                             “Constant-Z” Toolpath
                       Red = Selected Check Surfaces

 

MILL-Pro – Constant-Z Finishing – Connected Toolpath:
For 3D wizards “Constant-Z” finishing worksteps, the “Connect” option, located in the “Z-Data” section of the “Tool Info” machining dialog, can be used to create a bidirectional toolpath eliminating rapid-over moves.

                                                                    “Connected” Toolpath

Note:
The “Connect” option can only be used in combination with “Step” type set to “Open Surface” in the wizard dialog. If any kind of ramp moves (see “Plunge Options”) are also applied or the machining direction is changed ( see “Climb Milling”), it may be necessary to adjust the “Offset Dir” setting located in the “Cycle Data” machining dialog.

 

MILL-Pro – Constant-Z & Equidistant revised surface angle limits:
The 3D wizards “Equidistant” and “Constant-Z” finishing option to limit the toolpath by defining surface angle has been completely revised. It now apply limits correctly onto the toolpath itself rather than the surface model as in prior versions.

 

MILL-Pro – Re-Roughing Open-Edges Support:
The 3D wizards “Re-Roughing” method is enhanced to correctly support regions at the open edges of the model.

                          ”Roughing” Operation                                            ”Re-Roughing” Operation

 

MILL / MILL-Pro – “Outside-In” roughing & Toolpath Startpoint:
When applying the “Outside-In” option (see “Cycle Data”) to 2D “UltraHSM” pocketing operations, the toolpath now starts at the closest location to the start point of the path (selected curve).

 

MILL / MILL-Pro – Curve Wizard new “Save as Rule” function:
The curve wizard now displays the new "Save as Rule" setting to associate the current curve name with the currently selected machining feature. A rule is established by matching certain section in the curve ID with the selected wizard method. For curves representing holes, this identifier section starts with the letter “D” followed by the hole diameter (format "XXXXD###.###XXXX"). For general shapes any text preceded by the “-“ character (format "XXX-yourtext”) can be defined as the identifier. Curve wizard searches the identifiers of all pre-defined rules in the ID of the current curve and if one detected the method defined by that rule is preselected.

Example:
The current curve is representing some holes of diameter 5.2mm. The name of this curve was manually defined as “Crv5-D5.2-backside”. You then open the curve wizard, select “Holes” category and “Hole-D5.2” from the “Method” list. Before closing the wizard, the “Save as rule” option is activated. EZCAM now associates the string “D5.2” with the method “Hole-D5.2” and saves this information in its INI file. Next time you open the wizard with a curve having “D5.2” in its ID, the “Hole-D5.2” method is automatically preselected. This is especially helpful when using the “Hole Recognition” command (see “Curve” menu) which automatically creates drilling curves with ID’s containing their diameter value preceded by the “D” character.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Updated “Auto” Depth command:
The “Auto” command button for “Z-Depth” setting (see “Tool Info” dialog) now copies the value from the “Z-Coordinate” entry box if there is no path curve selected or if the selected path is at Z-Surf level.

 

MILL / TURN / EZCAM Express – Show Toolpath with new “Auto Update“ option:
The “Show Toolpath” list found in the “Setup” dialog (see “View” menu) now includes the new “Auto Update” option. This lets the system automatically redraw any 2,5D toolpath whenever a related workstep setting is changed. This removes the need to call “Verify” for toolpath recalculation after every parameter change.

 

MILL / TURN – Updated Stock Setup:
The “Stock Setup” dialog (see “Machining” menu) includes a new list to redefine the “World” origin at the selected location of the box representing the stock limits. When opening the dialog its default setting is “Current Part Origin” followed by the new options “Top Middle”, “Front-Left”, “Back-Left”, “Front-Right” and “Back-Right”. When one of them is selected, the “WORLD” coordinate System is moved to that location instantly.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – Location of “EZCAM.INI” file:
The “ezcam.ini” initialization file is used to save various settings such as workstep default values, last used filenames, postprocessor, etc. Depending on the current UAC (user account control) setting this file is located directly in the windows main folder, or in a specific user subfolder. EZCAM version 2015 now offers different methods to customize the location of ezcam.ini. Its pathname, for example “c:\windows\ezcam.ini”, can now be a command line argument in the EZCAM program shortcut allowing working with different copies of ezcam.ini. The “Special INI Settings” dialog under “Help” menu has been updated to allow customization of this pathname as well. It can also be changed by directly setting a value for the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\EZ-CAM\General\Settings\IniFilename.

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Updated Threadmilling Cycle:
The „Threadmilling“ cycle has been updated with several new features. First, it now supports the selection of multiple machining curves by using the „Select Curves“ command (see „Machining“ menu). In addition it is now possible to define any angle between 0 and 359 degrees in 1° steps as the toolpath’s „Start Angle“. Another enhancement is the automatic 180° ramp-in/out move for cases where tool diameter and “Root Diameter” do not leave enough space for regular ramp moves. The pitch applied to these 180° ramp moves is 0,15 x regular pitch.

                  New „Start Angle“ option180°                              Ramp-In/Out moves

 

MILL Express / MILL / MILL-Pro – Updated Lettering Feature:
The “Lettering” cycle provides a quick solution to engrave text input by using the simple “Modern” font. Beside some internal modifications a new “Angle” field has been implemented. This allows rotation of the text around the coordinates defined by the “Start X” and “Start Y” settings.

 

MILL Express – Updated Machining Dialogs:
The simplified user dialogs found in Mill Express have been updated to reflect latest changes in the software. The “Contour” cycles dialog now controls the “Offset Dir.”, “Cutter Comp” and “Lead In/Out” settings and activates/deactivates certain fields based on current selections. Instead of using fixed values for ramp moves it now sets a percentage of the tool diameter as the ramp radius and linear lead length settings. In case cutter compensation on the control is used, this percentage is 60%, for all other cases 10%. This way, it is not necessary any more to change these settings whenever“Tool Diameter” is changed. The “Pocket” and “Face” feature dialogs now also support percentage character input for the “Stepover” setting.

 

EDM – Updated PUNCH & DIE Wizards:
The “Punch” and “DIE” wizards have been added some new strategies, which allow greater flexibility when machining sets of multiple parts with different material, thickness or surface finish. The earlier existing strategies always combined “Main”, “Finish” and “Cut-Off” operations in a single workstep. Using this approach it was impossible to use the wizard for multiple parts requiring different number of passes or different conic settings. With the newly added strategies, these cut methods are now available as separate items. For example, you can now define multiple “Punch3” (Main & Finish) worksteps, each with different settings for material, number of passes, or workpiece height. These can be then followed by multiple “Punch4” worksteps to cut them off. Similar changes have been applied to the “DIE” wizard, which now also has separate strategies for “Main”, “Finish” and “Cut-Off” operations/worksteps.

Note:
Once the “Punch3” (Main & Fin) or “DIE3” (Main Cut) for all parts have been defined, the easiest way to create the subsequent final “Cut-Off” or “Finish” worksteps is using the “Spreadsheet” to copy the existing worksteps and then changing the “Strategy” setting to “Cut-Off” or “Finishing”.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – Updated “Check Angle” command:
The “Check Angle” command (see “View/Check” menu) can now be used to display the angle between two selected surfaces.

 

MILL / TURN / EDM – STL Export:
Surfaces can now be exported as STL file.

 

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