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Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe: A Review of the New Features and Benefits




Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe is a software that allows you to create and edit tool paths for CNC machines. It is a powerful and versatile tool that can handle complex machining operations such as milling, turning, and five-axis machining. In this article, we will review some of the new features and benefits that Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe offers.




Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe



Quill Support in Milling




One of the new features that Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe introduces is quill support. This means that you can program a secondary Z axis (Z2) on milling machines for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator. The secondary Z axis can be in the head or the table. This allows you to perform operations such as drilling, tapping, and boring with more accuracy and flexibility.


To use quill support, you need to specify parametric or custom quill graphics in Code Wizard. You can also select the currently active Z axis in Edgecam using a new command. Edgecam will simulate quill movements and collision detection to ensure safe and efficient machining.


New Advanced Five Axis Cycle




Another new feature that Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe offers is the Advanced Five Axis cycle. This is an extension of the standard five axis cycle that provides more options and advantages for five axis machining. The Advanced Five Axis cycle has a graphical user interface that allows you to interactively pick and select geometry for machining. You can also choose from additional calculation methods such as swarf cutting, multi-axis contouring, and surface normal machining.


The Advanced Five Axis cycle also supports tool axis control, lead/lag angles, tilt angle limits, collision avoidance, and more. You can use this cycle to create smooth and precise tool paths for complex shapes and surfaces.


Steady Rests in EDGECAM




Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe also introduces support for programmable steady rests. This means that you can configure machines with steady rests for use by Edgecam, Simulator and Code Generator. Steady rests are devices that support long or slender workpieces during machining to prevent deflection or vibration.


To use steady rests, you need to specify parametric or custom steady rest graphics in Code Wizard. You can also control steady rest movements in Edgecam using commands such as open, close, move, and retract. Edgecam will simulate steady movement and collision checking to ensure safe and efficient machining.


Improved Display and Editing of Cycle Selections




Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe also improves the display and editing of cycle selections. This means that each selected element - such as cycle geometry, boundary or start point - is now listed under the relevant cycle in the sequence browser and can be highlighted and edited individually. This makes it easier to modify or correct your selections without having to reselect everything.


When you edit an element, the current geometry is automatically selected in the graphics area and you can easily add to it or remove elements. You can also add new element types without having to reselect everything. You can double-click an element to edit it directly in the dialog box.


Rotary Machining of Mill Features




Edgecam 2012 R2 Clsexe also allows you to manually identify and machine simple rotary features that are located on a cylinder. The Rotary Mill features can be machined on Milling and Mill/Turn machines. Typical simple mill features that can be detected and machined include:


  • Helical grooves



  • Slots



  • General cavities (pockets, engraving etc)



  • Bosses (raised areas) on cylinders



To use rotary machining of mill features, you need to use the new Solids menu Rotary Mill Feature command. You can then select the cylinder face and the feature geometry for machining. Edgecam will create a tool path that follows the feature shape along the cylinder axis.