As the key link connecting designing and manufacturing, the CAM module is being constantly strengthened to help you bring high-quality products to the market quickly. In ZW3D 2020 Beta, many enhancements have been added to further increase the ease of use and machining efficiency.
In ZW3D 2020 Beta, turning operations become friendlier thanks to some significant improvements. For example, the turning tools and relevant adjustments can be previewed in Tool manager, so that you can set up tools in a simpler and more intuitive way.
Figure 1. Real-time preview of turning tools
What’s more, Groove Round Tool can now be applied to Roughing and Finishing operations, which further supplements ZW3D’s turning ability.
Figure 2. Grove Round Tool has been added to conduct roughing and finishing
New features have also been added to 2X milling operations, to greatly enhance 2X machining efficiency. For example, Surface Engraving has been added to conduct lettering and removing burrs of parts. Multi-side toolpaths can be set to conduct finishing operation on planes. Zigzag toolpath is supported in Profile Cut operation to avoid extra lifting of the cutter, and thus enhance machining efficiency.
Figure 3. Use Surface Engraving to conduct lettering
Figure 4. Multi-side toolpaths for finishing (left) and zigzag toolpaths for Profile Cut (right)
More operations such as Zigzag, Box, Contour and Ramp have been added to define Z step type. For example, by the new option “Relative to Top/Bottom”, you can machine several different pockets the same depth at the same time, saving you a lot of time in setting multiple operations and features.
Figure 5. Cut multiple pockets 9.1mm from top at the same time
The 3X milling module has also been optimized for more efficient 3X programming. 3D equidistant step size has been realized in Z level operation to deliver smoother surface and more accurate machining.
Figure 6. 3D equidistant step size
Zigzag toolpath is also available in Drive Curve operation, preventing extra links and air cutting to speed up machining. Last but not least, multi-core can be used to process batch calculation, significantly shortening the calculation time, especially for complicated tasks.
Figure 7. Batch Calculation for multi-core processing
Developed by ZWSOFT CO., LTD.(Guangzhou)., ZW3D, an integrated CAD/CAM solution designed for the whole process of product development, features the fastest kernel for Solid-Surface Hybrid Modeling, non-solid mold parting and smart CNC machining strategy from 2-axis to 5-axis. It brings customers multiple benefits such as reduced costs, optimized design workflow and improved efficiency.