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Whats New in

Edgecam 2013 R2

This document highlights new product features and enhancements in Edgecam 2013 R2, including machining
enhancements for milling and turning and improved performance.

To run Edgecam and Part Modeler 2013 R2, the expiry date in the license must be April 2013 or later.

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Contents
CONTENTS ........................................................................................................................................................ 2
WHATS NEW DOCUMENT OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................ 5
PURPOSE OF THIS DOCUMENT AND OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION .............................................................................. 5
TARGETED INFORMATION INSIDE EDGECAM AND OTHER PROGRAMS ................................................................................. 5
THE DEVELOPMENT HISTORY OF EDGECAM................................................................................................................... 5
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ............................................................................................................................. 6
WINDOWS XP SUPPORT ........................................................................................................................................... 6
WINDOWS 8 SUPPORT.............................................................................................................................................. 6
EDGECAM SHIPMENTS............................................................................................................................................... 6
PART MODELER ................................................................................................................................................ 7
MOVING FACES ....................................................................................................................................................... 7
FEATURE FINDER - MOVING HOLE FEATURES ................................................................................................................ 8
ANALYZING PROFILES................................................................................................................................................ 9
3D MIRROR.......................................................................................................................................................... 10
OFFSET FACES ....................................................................................................................................................... 10
USER GUIDE .................................................................................................................................................... 11
RATIONALISE - MERGE IDENTICAL ROUGHING AND PROFILING CYCLES .............................................................................. 11
SOLIDLINK 64-BIT .................................................................................................................................................. 11
INITIAL SEQUENCE .................................................................................................................................................. 12
USER TECHNOLOGY ................................................................................................................................................ 13
RAKE AND INCLINATION ANGLE................................................................................................................................. 13
SUPPORT FOR KEYED INDEX TURRETS ......................................................................................................................... 13
HOLDER ORIGIN OPTIONS ....................................................................................................................................... 14
MILL CYCLES - SELECT BOUNDARY EDGES DIRECT FROM SOLID ....................................................................................... 14
INTERACTIVE PICKING ............................................................................................................................................. 15
USER-DEFINED GROUPS WITHIN INSTRUCTION BROWSER .............................................................................................. 15
UPDATE STOCK - MULTIPLE TURRET SEQUENCE ........................................................................................................... 16
WIRE TOOLPATH - MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE VALUES ..................................................................................................... 17
OPEN PROFILE....................................................................................................................................................... 17
WIRE PROFILE FEATURE .......................................................................................................................................... 18
NEW 'FULL ASSOCIATIVITY LINK' OPTION.................................................................................................................... 19

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NEW 'DISPLAY TURN TOOL CLEARANCE' OPTION .......................................................................................................... 19


DOCKING DIALOGS ................................................................................................................................................. 20
FILE LOCATION MANAGEMENT ................................................................................................................................. 20
ACTIVE AXIS.......................................................................................................................................................... 21
SUPPORT FOR KEYED INDEX TURRETS ......................................................................................................................... 21
HOLDER ORIGIN OPTIONS ....................................................................................................................................... 21
COOLANT OPTIONS ................................................................................................................................................ 22
INTERPOLATION CONTROLS ...................................................................................................................................... 22
PROTECT SOLID ..................................................................................................................................................... 23
DECIMAL SEPARATOR ............................................................................................................................................. 23
SHOW VERSION HISTORY ........................................................................................................................................ 24
MERGE NESTED GROOVE FEATURES .......................................................................................................................... 25
SIMULATOR .................................................................................................................................................... 26
DATA TRANSFER SPEED IMPROVEMENTS .................................................................................................................... 26
PROGRAM STOP .................................................................................................................................................... 26
SAMPLED STOCK .................................................................................................................................................... 27
REDUCED MEMORY USAGE ..................................................................................................................................... 28
METALLIC AND FLAT RENDERING .............................................................................................................................. 28
TOOL DISPLAYED IN RAPID RESULT ............................................................................................................................ 29
TOOLING UTILITIES ......................................................................................................................................... 30
RAKE AND INCLINATION ANGLE................................................................................................................................. 30
SUPPORT FOR KEYED INDEX TURRETS ......................................................................................................................... 30
HOLDER ORIGIN OPTIONS ....................................................................................................................................... 31
COOLANT OPTIONS ................................................................................................................................................ 32
DRAW TOOL CLEARANCE ......................................................................................................................................... 33
CAD SUPPORT ................................................................................................................................................. 34
DWG/DXF IMPROVEMENTS ................................................................................................................................... 34
CODE WIZARD................................................................................................................................................. 35
INCH / METRIC CONVERSION OF CGDS ...................................................................................................................... 35
PROTECTION OF GRAPHICS ...................................................................................................................................... 36
SUPPORT FOR KEYED INDEX TURRETS ......................................................................................................................... 36
TEMPLATE CHANGES .............................................................................................................................................. 37
NEW TOKENS ........................................................................................................................................................ 37
SUPPORT FOR CARTESIAN OUTPUT ............................................................................................................................ 38

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CODE GENERATOR .......................................................................................................................................... 39


NEW MILLING MACROS .......................................................................................................................................... 39
NEW AND REVISED SYSTEM VARIABLES ...................................................................................................................... 39
NEW MM LINE SWITCHES ...................................................................................................................................... 39
MAINTENANCE DATABASE REPORT ................................................................................................................ 40
NEW FEATURES IN VERSION 2013 R1 .............................................................................................................. 41

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Whats New Document Overview


Purpose of this Document and Other Sources of Information
The purpose of the document is to highlight new and changed items in the current release. Non-release specific
information such as installation and licensing information, system requirements and CAD Links information can be
found in the relevant document.
For help with your installation, please refer to the Installation Guide. This is available from the DVD or the Help
sub-menu in the Edgecam program group.
For help with licensing your standalone or network license, please refer to the Licensing Guide. This is available
from the Help sub-menu in the Edgecam program group, the CLS menu and the License Manager dialog.
For information on system requirements and supported CAD systems, please refer to the Installation Guide.

Targeted Information inside Edgecam and Other Programs


In addition to this document, targeted information on new items is available in the dialog help and user guides for
other applications. This allows you to focus on new features/enhancements for a specific program or the cycle you
are currently working on, for example.
Dialogs that have new functionality or where the cycle behaviour has changed have an additional Whats New tab
in the help. This explains what has been added to the dialog or changed in this release.
Whats new topic(s) have been added to help files for other programs, such as Code Wizard, Code Generator, and
ToolStore etc. This only lists new functionality for that program, allowing you to focus on those items.

The Development History of Edgecam


Additional functionality and enhancements are developed with each release of Edgecam software. For an overview
of new features and enhancements in the last release, please refer to New Features in Version 2013 R1.
For a summary of new features in previous releases, please visit the History section of the Edgecam website.

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Important Information
Windows XP Support
Edgecam 2013 R2 will install and run on Windows XP. However, as this operating system nears its 'End of Support'
milestone in April 2014 (ref: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/products/lifecycle), we cannot
guarantee to resolve any issues that are found to be specific to Windows XP.

Windows 8 Support
The following versions of Windows 8 are supported for Edgecam 2013 R2:

Windows 8.
Windows 8 Professional.
Windows 8 Enterprise.

Note: Windows 8 RT is not supported.

Edgecam shipments
There are 2 main Edgecam releases each year; the R1 release in October and the R2 release in April.

The R1 releases are shipped on DVD and available to download from the Customer Portal for customers
who have a valid maintenance contract.
The R2 releases are only available to download from the Customer Portal for customers who have a valid
maintenance contract.

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Part Modeler
A number of enhancements have been introduced to improve the user experience of Part Modeler.

Moving Faces
We have introduced a Move Face
procedure to help the user modify a third
party model and prepare it for
manufacture. This new function will allow
the user to:
Move the position of "dumb"
features, for example, pockets and
bosses, around the model. They
can either be moved from the
original CAD datum position or
relative to a user defined position
using Translation and Rotation.
Modify areas of features, for
example, pocket walls and boss
heights, on a third party model.
Individual faces can be moved
using Translation and Rotation in
X, Y or Z or a combination of these.
These enhancements will greatly improve
preparation for manufacture when
working with third party models.

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Feature Finder - Moving Hole Features


In the last release, a Hole Feature Finder
procedure was added. This procedure has
been enhanced to provide the ability to
move these found holes to a new position
within the model.
After finding Holes, as described in
Feature Finding Holes, the holes can be
moved using one of the following
methods:

What's New in Edgecam 2013 R2

Manual Move.
Edit the Construction Plane.
Assign 2D Constraints.
General Construction procedures,
for example, 2D Translate, 2D
Rotate and 3D Mirror.

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Analyzing Profiles
The Analyze Profile procedure within Part
Modeler has been improved to help users
interrogate the constraints on sketches
and also show areas of potential
problems prior to modelling. The
improved function:
Displays a summary of the sketch
profile in one dialog box.
Allows the user to click the Show
button to display the areas of
concern on the sketch, such as
overlapping entities and open
profiles.
Displays the number of under
constrained entities within the
sketch. Also, when the user moves
the mouse cursor over the sketch
entity, it will list the missing
constraints.

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3D Mirror
The 3D Mirror procedure within Part
Modeler has been improved and now
allows two previously unavailable options,
Copy and Move, to be used. The following
procedures are now available:
Copy
Copies the entities and keeps the
original entities.
Note: All associated features such
as thread data and surface finish
will be copied. However, if the
original entities are edited, the
copied (mirrored) entities will not
be updated.
Reference
Copies the entities and keeps the
original entities.
Note: If the original entities are
edited, the copied (mirrored)
entities will be updated. However,
any associated features such as
thread data and surface finish will
not be transferred.
Move
Moves the entities about a defined
mirror plane.

Offset Faces
It is now possible to use a window selection to select
multiple faces when using the Offset Face procedure within
Part Modeler. This new function will:
Allow multiple faces of a feature to be selected easily
to allow offsetting of the "dumb" feature.
Allow faces that are fully within a window selection
to be selected (Left to Right window selection).
Allow faces that are partially within the window
selection to be selected (Right to Left window
selection).

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User Guide
Rationalise - Merge Identical Roughing and Profiling cycles
Typically, when milling cycles are applied to features, they are applied feature by feature using the
Planning Board.
This can lead to multiple identical cycles in the sequence browser with, for example, one cycle for each
pocket.
Rationalise can now merge these cycles into one cycle, as is already done for hole cycles.
When merge milling cycles is checked in the Rationalise dialog, cycles that are machined by the same
Tool on the same CPL and whose dialog settings are identical are merged.
The benefit of merging the cycles not only makes the machining sequence shorter and easier to manage
but the merged cycles inherit the toolpath ordering of the cycle.
Initially, this has been implemented for the Roughing and Profiling cycles.

SolidLink 64-bit
SolidLink, the application that loads all CAD models into Edgecam and Part Modeler, has been improved:
SolidLink is now available as a 64-bit in addition to the 32-bit version. The 64-bit version can
handle larger files.
The Edgecam and Part Modeler installers will automatically select the correct version for the
Operating System.

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Initial Sequence
New version

In previous releases, users were presented


with a full dialog covering all of the options
for Mill, Turn and Wire.
The Initial Sequence now only displays the
options required for each discipline.

Previous Version

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User Technology
In the previous release, only Machine
Technology was available when selecting
Material and Wire which could not be
amended. Edgecam 2013 R2 introduces
the possibility for users to create their
own User Technology and recall this when
required.
Machine and User Technologies are
stored in separate databases; the User
Technology database is written to the
Machdef folder of the user.
The Material and Wire lists now contain
Machine Technology, highlighted in Green
and User Technology, highlighted in Red.

Rake and Inclination Angle


Specifies the rake and inclination angles required to turn parametric inserts.
This is necessary to match the parametric insert graphic into a solid tool holder.

Support for Keyed Index Turrets


A number of Index Turret / Holder Mating
options have been added to the Loading
Parameters providing for machines fitted with
index turrets that have keyed recesses into
which pre-assembled keyed tool holders can be
mounted.

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Holder Origin Options


New Holder Origin possibilities make it easy
to position the Tool Holder graphic.
Previously, the Holder Origin, the reference
position for setting the Holder Graphic offsets
was the Insert Centre.
If you attached a Holder Graphic to a Turning
tool and specified zero Holder Offsets, the
Holder Graphic origin would be placed at the
Insert Centre. You would then have to
calculate the Holder Offsets to position the
holder origin back to the Gauge Datum.
A calculator on the dialog calculated the
distance required to move the Holder Origin
back to the Gauge Datum, taking into account
the distance from the Insert Centre to the
Insert Tip.
A Holder Origin option has been added to
the Tool Mounting Parameters which can be
set to either the Insert Centre, Tool Tip or
Gauge Datum.

Mill Cycles - Select Boundary Edges Direct from Solid


The Milling cycles have been updated to
allow boundaries to be selected directly
from Solid Edges or EdgeLoops without the
need to create geometry edges or
EdgeLoops first.
If the edges are not parallel to the current
CPL, they are automatically projected into
the CPL to form a 2D boundary.

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Interactive Picking
The Mill cycle dialogs have been updated to
include buttons for selecting data
interactively.
The top of the dialog now has a series of
pictures indicating what data is required:

As the data is picked, the


appropriate button is ticked.
Some picking is only required when a
particular option has been selected,
for example, Start Points or Stock
Profile. The button will be greyed out
until that option is enabled.
If any buttons are left without data
after the OK button has been clicked,
a prompt will be displayed.

User-defined Groups within Instruction Browser


Custom groups of instructions can now be
created in the sequence browser to
match, for example, Roughing and
Finishing processes

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Update Stock - Multiple Turret Sequence


Edgecam 2013 R2 has been improved to
allow the insertion of an Update Stock
command between existing instructions on
Multiple Turret turning sequences.

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Wire Toolpath - Maximum Allowable Values


In the Machine Configuration dialog, it is
possible to set the Maximum allowable UV
offsets and Taper Angles for the wire
machine.
When generating a Wire toolpath, the
Maximum UV Offsets achieved for that
toolpath are displayed and an error is
reported should these exceed the specified
maximum values for the machine.

Open Profile
Open Profile options have been
added to the Approach/Retract Tab
specifying the Start and End
extensions to be added to the wire
toolpath when machining open
profiles. The extensions are
tangential and are only applied to
open profiles.

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Wire Profile Feature


A new Wire Profile Feature command has been
added to find features suitable for Wire Erosion
from a solid. This facility removes the need to
extract the edges from the solid to make the
wireframe fences.
The following points should be noted:
If the feature cannot be created at the
default Tolerance, reduce the tolerance to
0.05 mm.
Features consist of faces suitable for Wire
erosion which must be straight and through
i.e. ruled surfaces. There can be no
curvature on the faces because the wire
cannot be bent. The selected faces can
have differing levels and heights; they do
not need to be on parallel planes.
Intersecting edges must be straight to
within a Tolerance, otherwise the resultant
feature will be open or several open
features may be created.
It is possible to control the XY and UV
Profile Height of the feature.
The identified features appear in the
feature list and have their own list of
properties. The feature sub type will be
identified as Pocket, Boss or Open.
Note: For best machining results, the features
needs to be closed, i.e. Pocket or Boss.

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New 'Full Associativity Link' Option


For Edgecam 2013 R2, a new Full
Associativity Link Preferences option is
available.
Previously, when an associative tool
(tools that have the 'Associative' option
checked in the toolchange dialog) was
loaded directly from the Toolstore, the
Toolkit and Mount modifiers could not
be edited.
Full Associativity Link is unchecked, by
default, allowing the mount modifiers
to be amended when the tool is not in
a toolkit.
For full associativity with the tool
record, check the Full Associativity
Link option.

New 'Display turn tool clearance' Option


A Display turn tool clearance option
has been added to the Tool Libraries
Preferences.
This option is used to display a ghosted
image of the insert shape which will be
used to generate the turn cycle offset
including tool clearance angles.

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Docking Dialogs
A new Enable Docking For
Cycle Dialogs option has
been added to the Title bar
of each dialog. This new
option enables the Dialog
windows for cycles to be
docked at the left or right
side of the viewing area and,
optionally, hidden to keep
the viewing area
uncluttered.

File Location Management


We have improved the management of
file locations within Edgecam.
Edgecam now remembers the file
location for each file type that has
been previously opened or saved. For
example, if a PCI file was previously
loaded from a folder named
'PCI Examples', that folder will be
opened when a PCI file is next loaded.
This enhancement will benefit users
because they will now be directed to
the folders which they have visited
before for similar file types.

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Active Axis
A new Active Axis option has been added to the
Select Mill Mode dialog.
This new option is only available in Axial Rotary
mode and enables the active axis to be manually
selected (X or Y) or the software will choose the
active axis based on the closest solution (Auto).

Support for Keyed Index Turrets


A number of Index Turret / Holder Mating
options have been added to the Loading
Parameters providing for machines fitted with
index turrets that have keyed recesses into
which pre-assembled keyed tool holders can be
mounted.

Holder Origin Options


New Holder Origin possibilities make it easy to
position the Tool Holder graphic.
Previously, the Holder Origin, the reference
position for setting the Holder Graphic offsets
was the Flute Height.
If you attached a Holder Graphic and specified
zero Holder Offsets, the Holder Graphic origin
would be placed at the Flute height. You would
then have to calculate the Holder Offsets to
position the holder origin back to the Gauge
Datum.
A Holder Origin option has been added to the
Tool Mounting Parameters which can be set to
either the Flute Height, Tool Tip or Gauge
Datum.

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Coolant Options
The Coolant option in the Milling Cutter Spindle
Parameters has been enhanced allowing you to
specify whether the tool can pass coolant and
the method used (Off, Flood, Mist or Air).
The Through Coolant option in the Milling
Cutter Spindle Parameters has been enhanced
to provide a High Pressure selection.
Note: The new options will only be available
when using updated Post Processors.

Interpolation Controls
The Interpolation Controls in the Five Axis
Milling dialog Depth Parameters have been
enhanced and new Point Interpolation, Feed
rate Move and Rapid Rate Move parameters
have been added.

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Protect Solid
A new Protect Solid parameter has been added to the Control
tab.
When machining Face features, the cycle is not aware of the
whole solid and will machine only the given feature resulting in
the tool going into the part. Protect Solid makes the cycle aware
of the solid model and prevents gouges when trimming out the
toolpath.
This should avoid the need for boundary creation in several
parts and improve confidence when applying toolpath.

Decimal Separator
Edgecam and ToolStore have been improved to support the use of comma as a decimal separator.
If the Operating System is set to use comma as a decimal separator, Edgecam and ToolStore will now
interpret the comma as a decimal separator. In Edgecam, a dot (point) can still be used because it will be
recognised and converted to the system decimal separator as soon as the dialog is closed.
Note: A comma cannot be used when the Operating System is set to use dot (point) as a decimal
separator because Edgecam was conceptually created to use dot (point) as the only decimal separator.
Limitations:
Only supported in Edgecam and ToolStore.
Edgecam will allow the use of both comma and dot (point) when the Operating System is set to
use comma as a decimal separator. However, ToolStore will only allow the use of comma.
The Advanced 5 Axis cycle does not currently support the use of comma.
Code Wizard does not support the use of comma as a decimal separator; for example, on
machine parameters.
When comma is the decimal separator, a 'space' is interpreted as a partial confirmation of coordinate inputs.

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Show Version History


A new Show Version History option has been
added to the File menu.
A list will be displayed with entries for each time
the displayed file was saved. The following
details will be displayed for each entry:
Filename.
Date.
Time.
Comments.
User
Machine.
The Comments field displays the text entered in
the new Comment field of the Save As dialog.
Note: Details will only be displayed for files
saved using Edgecam 2013 R2 or later.

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Merge Nested Groove Features


For Edgecam 2013 R2, a new
Merge Nested Groove Features
Turn option is available on the
Feature Finder dialog.
The new option allows grooves to
be merged into larger grooves.

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Simulator
Data Transfer Speed Improvements
In previous releases, each time Simulator was started, Edgecam had to send the entire toolpath from
start to finish together with all model data. This happened when the Simulator was started or when an
Update Stock instruction was specified and created a speed restriction when simulating large parts. In
addition, simulation always started from the beginning of the sequence and it could take some time to
reach the point from which you actually wanted to start the simulation.
Simulator now runs as a separate process providing the following benefits:
Simulator starts instantly on second start up; a major benefit when simulating large parts.
Simulator starts from where the simulation last finished; no need to run simulation from the start
each time.
Update Stock is up to 50% quicker than the previous release.

Program Stop
Simulator has been enhanced in version 2013
R2 and now recognises a Program Stop Stop
Option.

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Sampled Stock
Simulator has been enhanced in version
2013 R2 and now provides the option to use
Sampled instead of Triangular Stock which
will improve speed at the expense of
accuracy.
The new functionality should be used for
large, complex parts which Rapid Result
could not previously process since it does not
support multi-axis.
Note:
1. This functionality is not intended for
prismatic parts.
2. This option allows Rapid Result for
multi-axis parts and is not meant to be
used for Simulation. Therefore, the
Start (
) button in Simulation is
disabled when this option is checked.
3. Applicable to Milling only.

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Reduced Memory Usage


Simulator has been enhanced in version 2013
R2 and now provides the option to Quit on
close.
The Simulator will continue running in the
background when closed to improve startup
speed. However, to save memory, it can be set
to quit when not visible.

Metallic and Flat Rendering


Simulator rendering has been enhanced. By
default, stock surfaces are rendered with a
metallic look.
A Flat Rendering option has been added; check
this to render the surfaces with a non-metallic
look.

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Tool Displayed in Rapid Result


Rapid Result has been improved for this
release and Tool graphics are now displayed.
The Toggle Tool and Toggle Tool Holders
buttons are now enabled.

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Tooling Utilities
Rake and Inclination Angle
Specifies the rake and inclination angles required to turn / bore parametric inserts.
This is necessary to match the parametric insert graphic into a solid tool holder.

Support for Keyed Index Turrets


A Turret Holder Mating option has been
added to the Tool Mounting Parameters
providing for machines fitted with index
turrets that have keyed recesses into
which pre-assembled keyed tool holders
can be mounted.

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Holder Origin Options


New Holder Origin possibilities make it
easy to position the Tool Holder graphic.
Previously, for Turning tools, the Holder
Origin, the reference position for setting
the Holder Graphic offsets was the Insert
Centre and, for Milling and Hole tools, it
was the Flute Height.
If you attached a Holder Graphic to a
Turning tool and specified zero Holder
Offsets, the Holder Graphic origin would
be placed at the Insert Centre or Flute
height for Milling and Hole tools. You
would then have to calculate the Holder
Offsets to position the holder origin back
to the Gauge Datum.
For Turning tools, a calculator on the
dialog calculated the distance required to
move the Holder Origin back to the Gauge
Datum, taking into account the distance
from the Insert Centre to the Insert Tip.
A Holder Origin option has been added
to the Tool Mounting Parameters which
can be set to either the Insert Centre
(Turning tools) or Flute Height (Milling
and Hole tools), Tool Tip or Gauge
Datum.

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Coolant Options
A Coolant option has been added to the
Tool Mounting Parameters allowing you
to specify whether the tool can pass
coolant and the method used (Off, Flood,
Mist or Air).
The Through Coolant option in the Tool
Geometry Parameters has been enhanced
to provide a High Pressure selection.
Note: The new options will be available
on both Milling and Turning tools.
However, the Mist and Air Coolant
options will have no effect on Turning.

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Draw Tool Clearance


A Draw tool clearance option has been
added to the Setting Preferences.
This option is used to display a ghosted
image of the insert shape which will be
used to generate the turn cycle offset
including tool clearance angles.

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CAD Support
DWG/DXF Improvements
The following improvements have been made:
Files from Autodesk LT are now imported.
Support for Autocad 2013 format.
Paper Space support

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Code Wizard
Inch / Metric conversion of CGDs
In Edgecam 2013 R2, users can now
convert CGDs from Inch to Metric
and vice versa.
A Machine Units conversion can be
applied to existing CGDs. A warning
will be displayed to ensure that the
user realises that the stored values
will be changed.
Relevant data in the post will be
converted in addition to the
graphics (both parametric and nonparametric).

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Protection of Graphics
To ensure that manufacturer's graphics are protected, the CGD file
can be locked.
When a CGD file is locked, it is not possible to copy any of the
graphics; the Copy function is greyed out.
In addition, in Edgecam, if a .tmc file is generated from a locked
CGD file, the machine graphics will not be copied.

Support for Keyed Index Turrets


A Keyed Turret option has
been added to the Code
Wizard Machine Parameters
providing for machines fitted
with index turrets that have
keyed recesses into which
pre-assembled keyed tool
holders can be mounted.

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Template Changes
There have been a number of changes to Code Wizard templates in Edgecam 2013 R2.
Below is a summary of changes:

Moriseiki Template
A multiple turret capability has been added to the Moriseiki template.
Further improvements have been made with respect to individual tool change positions and, in
particular, for moves to tool change as coordinate positions.

Adaptive ISO and Adaptive Siemens Milling Templates


A CGX capability has been added to the Adaptive ISO and Adaptive Siemens milling templates.

New Tokens
Mill
NEXT_COMMENT

Next Comment

NEXT_DESCRIPTION

Next Description

NEXT_GROUP

Next Group

NEXT_GROUP_NUMBER Next Group Number


NEXT_GROUP_TEXT

Next Group Text

NEXT_ID

Next ID

NEXT_ID_NUMBER

Next ID Number

NEXT_ID_TEXT

Next ID Text

Turn
NEXTDESCR

Next Tool Description

NEXTCOMMENT

Next Tool Comment

NEXT_GROUP

Next Group

NEXT_GROUP_NUMBER Next Group Number


NEXT_GROUP_TEXT

Next Group Text

NEXT_ID

Next ID

NEXT_ID_NUMBER

Next ID Number

NEXT_ID_TEXT

Next ID Text

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Support for Cartesian Output


Cartesian output in
Rotary Milling and
Cartesian output in
Rotary Holes options
have been added to the
Code Wizard Machine
Parameters enabling
Rotary Axial Milling and
Rotary Axial Canned
Holes to be output as
Cartesian co-ordinates.

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Code Generator
New Milling Macros
A new macro (CXOUTPUT) has been added to the Milling macros in the Code Generator:
Milling Macro Reference (MACRO 66 - CX.OUTPUT).
A new macro (COOLANT) has been added to the Milling and Turning macros in the Code Generator:
Milling Macro Reference (MACRO 716 - COOLANT).
Turning Macro Reference (MACRO 716 - COOLANT).

New and Revised System Variables


Two new system variables (ACTIVELINEARAXIS and ACTIVELINEARAXISSIDE) have been added to the
following macro in the Code Generator:
Milling Macro Reference (MACRO 44 - SELECT MILL MODE (Rotary/Planar Milling)).
A new system variable (COOLANT) and modified system variable (THROUGHCOOLANT) have been added
to the following macros in the Code Generator:
Milling Macro Reference (MACRO 15 - TOOLCHANGE).
Turning Macro Reference (MACRO 15 - TOOLCHANGE).

New MM Line Switches


Two new MM Line Switches (46 and 47) have been added to the MM (Machine Details Line).

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Maintenance Database Report


For a full list of maintenance items resolved in Edgecam 2013 R2, please refer to the Maintenance Database
Report.

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New Features in Version 2013 R1


Below is an overview of new features and enhancements in the last release.
For a summary of new features in previous releases, please visit the History section of the Edgecam website.

Edgecam Wire Erosion


Edgecams new Wire Erosion product is based on the industry
leading Vero PEPS Wire product and offers an intuitive
environment for the comprehensive programming of all Wire
EDM machine tools. Including a comprehensive library of
proven post-processors and knowledge-based cutting schemes
as standard. Users can select from one of the pre-defined
machining strategies such as 'Unattended night runs' and
'Attended day runs' or, alternatively, define their own.
Features include:

Pre-configured code generators, optionally


configurable.

Knowledge-based cutting schemes.

Roughing and finishing cuts easily applied to


multiple punches / dies.

Reverse cutting with offsets and cutting


technology changes.

Multiple strategies for corner types; including


square ISO and conic.

Toolpath display indicators showing thread wire,


cut wire and program stop positions.

No-core pocket destruction of round and


irregular shapes.

No-core pocket destruction considers pre-hole


diameter to eliminate air cuts and reduce cycle
time.

Note
Edgecam Wire Erosion is now available to purchase and its
product code is ENPWE-0.

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New Rough Profile Cycle


This is a new cycle that replaces the Rough Profile cycle.
It is available with all Turning and Production Licenses.
The Rough Profiling cycle removes material in a series of cuts
parallel to the input profile and is typically used for roughing
free form profiles from free form stock billets. It is also useful
for cutting materials where it is beneficial to minimise reentrant cutting as it keeps the tool in contact with the material
for longer.
Benefits of the new cycle include:

Cycle is optionally stock aware to eliminate air


cuts and reduce cycle time.

Intelligent stock entry and exit.

Support for controller tool offset i.e. G41/G42.

Possibility to enter a constant cut depth or


different cut depths for X and Z.

Specify ZX or Constant Offset finishing


allowance.

Possibility to enter different offsets for each face


element.

Option to stop after a specified no. of cuts,


return to a safe swarf clearance position, stop
the machine, clear the swarf then carry on.

The old Rough Profile cycle has been removed from the default
user interface but can be retrieved using Customise ->
Commands -> Turn Cycles.
Roughing - Waveform Improvements
Roughing Waveform has been improved:

The Waveform strategy now has the ability to


set the Approach Type; Helix and Pre-drill are
possible. It works in the same way as the other
strategies. A 10% bigger drill tool is expected
for the pre-drill option.

Waveform pattern has been improved to avoid


unnecessary cutting interruptions when
opening the initial 'virtual pocket'. The
transition between this area and actual
toolpath is much smoother.

Percentage Plunge Feed added to Approach Options


The Plunge feedrate for approach moves can now be specified
as a percentage of the Plunge feedrate on the General tab. This
option is available for all Roughing strategy types.

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Clean Up Final Pass added to Control Options


Some machines tools, due to the "Look Ahead" calculation and
the high feeds, may leave pegs in the material showing
unmachined areas. These pegs would be removed if the feeds
were reduced, meaning that the toolpath is correct but, due to
the "Look Ahead" calculation, the machine tool is avoiding
those areas. Clean Up Final Pass has been added to the Control
options which will add a pass at the end of the area to ensure
that all material has been removed.
Moving the Sub-spindle - Option to Return Home without the
part
The sub spindle can be docked to support the part for a
machining process after which it may be sent back to its home
position without the part. Previously, the stock was always
returned home with the sub spindle - this is now optional.
There is an additional code constructor:

Sub Spindle Retract Empty. This is used to


format the NC code for the Return Home
Without Part option.

Note
If the With Part option is selected, the sub spindle should be
docked at its final grip position prior to
returning home with the part. If it is not, a message is issued
requesting you do this
Turning Tool dialog - Machining of Internal Holes & Reverse
Radial Tools
Machining of internal rotary holes has been improved to
provide better access and handle situations which were
previously not possible. Two situations are being improved:

Correctly handle internal holes when using a


Radial tool.
Typical work for very large parts where the
whole turret can sometimes go inside the
component to do machining

Load a Reverse Radial tool. which on an Index


type turret will allow for two situations (driven
by machine parameter).
Either load the tool at the front of the turret
(with special holder / mounting mechanism) or
load the tool at the back of the turret.

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Five Axis Milling dialog - Direct Picking on Model


Previously, the Five Axis cycle had to use geometry created
from the solid, for example, Edge Loops and Face Features. The
cycle can now pick edges and faces directly from the model
without having to create Edge Loops or Face Features.
Improved Collision Avoidance (3 to 5-Axis and Five Axis
Cycles)
In Edgecam 2013 R1, a new Remove Remaining Collisions
option has been introduced. This option, when checked, will
remove any collisions remaining after the main checks have
been completed by retracting the tool away from the surface.
New Advanced Five Axis Options
In Edgecam 2013 R1, new Chaining Tolerance and Slow and
Safe Path Creation options have been introduced on the
General tab:

Chaining Tolerance is an internal value, greater


than zero, used for the toolpath generation. The
Chaining Tolerance might have an effect for a
flat or slightly curved face where, since less tool
path points are generated, the toolpath has less
information. In this situation the chaining
tolerance makes the toolpath accurate.
However, if a smaller tolerance is selected, more
computing time is required.

When Slow and Safe Path Creation is checked,


the Chaining Tolerance will be set to an interval
not longer than the maximum stepover distance.
As with the Chaining Tolerance, activating this
parameter requires more computing time.

5 axis cycle - separate process and 64-bit support


In Edgecam 2013 R1, a 5 Axis cycle will always be moved into a
separate process, regardless of whether Set Safe Start Point
(SSSP) has been set.
A 64-bit version of the application has also been created
(EdgeSrv5Axis64.exe).
This will improve situations where the cycle previously ran out
of memory during calculation.

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Profiling - Break Corner options for Profiling Cycle


The Profiling cycle has been updated to include options to
break sharp corners with either a radius or chamfer. This will
reduce secondary de-burring operations.

Set Safe Start Point for Mill/Turn (Background processing)


Set Safe Start Position is now available in the Mill/Turn
environment. Turning cycles are not affected. The Safe Start
Point can now be set up using the options in the new
Background Processing tab:

Two safe points can be defined for each turret


when there is a Sub Spindle. Only one is required
when no Sub Spindle is present.

Only Main Spindle points need to be defined;


Sub Spindle points will be created automatically.

Automatically Finding Features - Feature Finder recognises U


and V style grooves
Feature finder now recognises U and V style grooves and sets
appropriate attributes. This is useful for machining of such
features using strategies. The new Groove Type Attribute
defines:

V style grooves need to have equal side wall


angles.

U and V Style Grooves need to start and end at


same level.

U and V style grooves can include a lead in


corner radius or chamfer.

U style grooves need to have a full

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180 degree base radius.

V style grooves can include a blend radius at its


base.

V style grooves have Included Angle attribute.

U and V style grooves have Groove Width


attribute. This is the distance across the top of
the groove.

Groove features are put on a separate layer.


Automatic Feature Finder - Internal Holes
Internal holes will not be found by Automatic
Feature Finder if they are impractical to
machine.
As a general rule, internal holes will not be found if the space
(bore / cavity) before the start of the internal hole is either:

Less than 4 times the depth of the hole OR

Less than 4 times the diameter of the hole at the


internal face.

Feature Finder - Holes


It is now possible to find holes from a "dumb" model, add them
to the model tree and edit them, if required, within Part
Modeler.
This new introduction will:

Allow ALL "dumb" holes in the solid model to be


defined and edited within Part Modeler.

Allow users to add extra information to "dumb"


holes, e.g. thread data.

Allow similar holes to be processed as a group.

Allow similar holes to be processed individually

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Window Selection Introduced for Remove Face Procedures


It is now possible to use a window selection to select multiple
faces when using the Remove Face procedure within Part
Modeler.
This new function will:

Allow multiple faces of a feature to be selected


easily to allow removal of the "dumb" feature.

Allow faces that are FULLY within a window


selection to be selected (Left to Right window
selection).

Allow faces that are PARTIALLY within the


window selection to be selected (Right to Left
window selection).

Enhancements to Drawing Application


Various enhancements have been made to the Drawing
Application within Part Modeler. These include:

The introduction of "Force Aligned Parallel"


dimension button, found on the "Modifier"
Toolbar.

The introduction of the "Construction" line


button, found on the "Locate" Toolbar. This
button is also available in the Model application.

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Active Component indicated in Model Window


When two or more components are present in the model
space, the active (selected) component is now indicated in the
Model Window by a red tick.

Images within Dialogs


The dialog mechanism within Edgecam has now been changed
to an XML format which will benefit users and developers. This
new feature will:

Allow images to be used within dialog boxes to


help explain modifiers. For Edgecam 2013 R1,
images have been added to the Automatic
Feature Finder dialog.

Allow dialogs to be more flexible in design,


enabling different styles of dialogs to be
implemented within Edgecam.

Allow greater customisation of dialogs within


Edgecam.

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Feature Ordering Enhancements


Feature Finder internally groups features with similar attributes
prior to performing a nearest next sort.
Nearest Next
Mill features on the same solid that share the same CPL level
are now ordered using a "nearest next" logic. This ensures that
the features are in a reasonable machining order for use by
Strategy Manager and Planning Board. This is primarily needed
in the milling environment where you have a plate with many
pockets.
Feature Find internally groups features with similar attributes
before performing a "nearest next" sort and automatically
ordering the features:

Closed Pockets, Open Pockets and Open Mill


features are considered together for the
purpose of internal grouping. The feature
attributes that are considered for internal
grouping are MaxXyRadius (range +/- 50%),
Depth (range +/- 50%), Lower Radius (exact) and
MinimumXYRadius (exact). Each feature group
starts at the bottom left.

In the example, all attributes are identical except


for the MaxXyRadius (The radius of the greatest
circle fitting inside the top contour).

Internal groups have been identified by colour


and these groups would typically be roughed /
rest roughed with different tooling sets.
However, all of these features have the same
MinimumXYRadius and would, therefore, be
finished with the same tool. The feature order
used for roughing is, therefore, not necessarily
useful for finishing.

Features on Parallel CPLs (Z axis) are considered together


The predefined manufacture ordering now groups all mill /
hole features on CPLs which share the same Z same direction
together. This ensures that the order of features is highest level
first irrespective of CPL. Previously, mill and hole features were
sorted by CPL and then CPL level.
Previously, if Feature Find was run more than once on different
CPLs, features could be identified on different CPLs which
shared the same Z direction. In this situation, ordering features
by CPL could lead to features on a lower level being ordered
before features on a higher level.

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Planning Board Automatic Ordering


Feature Find automatically orders features into a logical order
for manufacture. Machining Strategies can subsequently be
assigned to each feature. Typically, a feature will be assigned a
minimum of one roughing and one finishing strategy. The
Planning Board can now be automatically ordered based on the
priority setting assigned to each strategy. Strategy Manager
(File Properties) is used to assign a priority to a strategy.
Automatic Ordering has been added to the Planning Board:

In Strategy Manager, File Properties specify a


priority for each strategy. When the planning
board is populated, it is automatically ordered
based on this priority setting.

In the sample set of Edgecam strategies,


priorities have been set so that all rough turning
is done before finish turning and rough milling is
done before finish milling.

Automatic Ordering is enabled by selecting Auto


Sort Planning Board on the General tab of the
Preferences dialog or can be done by pressing
the Sort by priority button.

Design - Stock creation and editing improvements


A number of improvements have been made to the Design
Stock command:

Stock Profile can now be consistently created


from a closed shape without rendering
problems.

Arcs are no longer split into several segments of


lines.

Profile Stocks now support


hollow/holes/through pockets.

Tube stocks for turning and milling.

Ability to edit stocks and re-pick geometry or


depth, retaining the original type.

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Simulator Enhancements
Improved simplification of stock from Simulator
The previous simplifier could take minutes to simplify
complicated stock, the new simplifier (using OpenMP-based
parallelism and a much improved algorithm) should take a
couple of seconds (on a Core I7 quad core) to simplify very
complicated stock (100MB+ STL) and fractions of seconds for
anything more reasonably sized.
The simplifier is utilised by the Update Stock command; when
the resultant stock exceeds the size stated on the dialog, the
simplification is performed. It is also used when saving STL
stock directly from the simulator, when requested.
Simulator has been enhanced in version 2013 R1 and you can
now specify a Rewind Point at any point in the instruction list.
Simulator has been enhanced in version 2013 R1 to show
driven milling tool holders and tool graphics as spun; this is
optional with the default being spun. If your driven mill holders
include more than just the spinning holder, for example, the
holder graphic includes the complete turret, this setting should
be unchecked.

Edgecam - Autodesk Vault Interface


The Vault Interface in Edgecam allows users to manage their
data within Autodesk Vault 2013. Note that this functionality is
supported for Autodesk Vault 2013 and above.
The Vault functionality implemented for Edgecam is available in
all versions of Autodesk Vault 2013 (Vault Basic, Vault
Workgroup, Vault Collaboration and Vault Professional).
Autodesk Vault
Autodesk Vault is a data management tool integrated with
Autodesk Inventor Series, Autodesk Inventor Professional,
AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, and Civil 3D
products. It helps design teams track work in progress and
maintain version control in multi-user environments. It allows
them to organize and reuse designs by consolidating product
information and reducing the need to re-create designs from
scratch. Users can store and search both CAD data (such as
Autodesk Inventor, DWG, and DWF files) and non-CAD
documents (such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files).

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ToolStore Enhancements
Use of CSV, MEG and STL Graphics for Milling Tools and
Probes
Some Tooling suppliers have made available tool and tool
holder models as STEP files. These files can be loaded into
Edgecam and saved as MEG files to be used in the ToolStore:

A Paste button is now available in Tool


Geometry for Milling and Probes enabling the
use of CSV, MEG and STL files as graphics.

No Shank geometry is available with tools using


MEG or STL graphics.

The Simulator will automatically generate a 2D


revolved profile for tools using MEG and STL
graphics.

Taper Ball Nose check box


Previously, a Taper Ball Nose was defined with a Taper, Corner
Radius and by leaving the Small Diameter blank. However, this
was not obvious and caused confusion.
A new Ball Nose check box has been added which, when
checked, will grey out the Small Diameter and Flute Length as
they are automatically calculated.
Command Line Conversion of Solid to MEG
Some Tooling suppliers have made available tool and tool
holder models as Solid CAD files. These files can be loaded into
Edgecam and saved as MEG files to be used in the ToolStore:

If you have many tool models to convert, then


this command line program can be used to
automate the process.

The program can translate and rotate the part, if


required, to achieve the correct orientation for
ToolStore.

Note: The ability to convert the CAD file is dependent on having


an Edgecam license for that model type.
Code Wizard Enhancements
Support for drilling rotary holes from inside and outside
Edgecam 2013 R1 introduces support for the machining of
Internal Holes and Reverse Radial tools. A new Rotate for
Reverse Mount setting on the Machine Parameters Dialog Turret tab allows tools to be mounted on the front or back of a
turret.
Turning Templates for Siemens
The default Siemens adaptive turning template has been
changed to have a generic Siemens format. In order to retain
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release for those machines in Inch and Metric units.


Existing .CGD files for any Siemens controller should not be
affected and should update correctly.
The revised templates are:

adaptive-siemens.cgt and adaptive-siemensinch.cgt which are generic "Siemens" templates.

adaptive-siemens wfl.cgx and adaptive-siemens


wfl-inch.cgx which are generally formatted for
WFL controllers. These templates equate to the
previous Siemens versions supplied with
Edgecam 2012 R2.

Templates Output from Move to Toolchange / Home


The Code Generator and Templates have been enhanced to
provide more consistent and useful output from the Move to
Toolchange and Move to Home instructions.
The Move to Toolchange and Move to Home instructions will
now set, using the XMOVE, YMOVE, ZMOVE system variables,
the true tooltip position in current CPL coordinates. This change
should remove high coordinates resulting from moves
immediately after a Move to Toolchange or Move to Home
instruction which would potentially cause an overtravel.
The templates have been enhanced, as follows:

The XMOVE, YMOVE, and ZMOVE tokens at


Move to Toolchange and Move to Home now
always contain the tooltip position on current
CPL. Not available on Milling templates.

The XTOOL, YTOOL, ZTOOL, XHOME, YHOME and


ZHOME tokens follow the Values of Tool Change
Home NC-Style option (Tool Change Tab), where:

Gauge Adjusted Position will


compensate for TOOLXSET and
TOOLZSET.

Machine Datum Coords are the


turret centre position.

Current CPL Coords will give the


same result as XMOVE, YMOVE
and ZMOVE.

Note:

No changes are expected on post processors


with U0V0W0 output style.

Please check your post processor carefully on


this area after the update.

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Other Changes
Thread Database
The Thread Database (threaddata.mdb) location is now defined
by the ToolStore Support files folder and can, therefore, be
shared by all users on a network. Users that use a network
location for the Toolstore will now use the Thread Database
from that area automatically. Previously, Edgecam always used
the ..\Program Files\..\cam\TStore folder.
Use Max RPM from the Code Generator
A modifier has been added to the Spindle Tab on ToolChange
command. When Use Max RPM from the Code Generator is
checked, the new Max RPM will be read automatically if the
Code Generator is edited or changed.
Update Stock also functions as a Synchronisation command
In turning, when there is more than one turret, the Update
Stock command also functions as a Synchronisation command
because it is inserted in the instruction browser for each turret.
It will also generate a Sync Point in the NC code.
Feature Find - groove features
A unique layer and colour has been added for groove features.
Zoom In/Out
The default behaviour is to zoom about the mouse position.
Previously, Edgecam zoomed about the centre of the screen.
Preferences dialog - New Solid Assembly Preferences for
Solids
A new option called Granite Assembly Level Features has been
added to the Solids Tab.
Direction / Start Arrow for Turn Cycles
In Turn Cycles, the Direction / Start Arrow displayed when
picking geometry was the same as milling which showed the
side to machine. This gave an incorrect impression for the turn
cycles as the tool controls side. The image is now is a simple
arrow to avoid confusion.
Thread Mill - New "Plunge in Centre" modifier
A new Plunge in Centre check box has been added to the Lead
Tab:

When checked, the tool will plunge down the


centre of the hole.

When unchecked, the tool will plunge at the


start of the lead in.

The cycle used to always plunge centre, but on large threads


there may be an obstruction in the centre, such as a fixture bolt
and the time to feed from centre to edge could be wasted time.
The New option is on by default to maintain the old behaviour.

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Partial Hole Feature Template


It is now possible to define parts (elements) of holes and make
them into Hole Feature Templates.
Partial Hole Feature Templates can be created by defining the
parameters for part of the hole and then setting the Match To
Subset flag to Yes.
The partial hole will be saved to a Hole Feature Template (*.ft).
Transfer of External Threads from SolidWorks
It is now possible to transfer external threads from SolidWorks.
Licensing
New Licenses
Edgecam Wire System - Product Code ENPWE-0
A new Edgecam Wire Erosion system license is introduced in
this release to offer Wire EDM 2 and 4 Axis cycles for the
comprehensive programming of all Wire EDM machines tools.
It includes a comprehensive library of proven post-processors
and knowledge-based cutting schemes as standard.
The old Wire Erosion product (license code EN3W0-0) is no
longer available to purchase, and it's license has been renamed
to 'Legacy Wire Erosion'.
Edgecam Vault Module - Product Code ENVLT-0
A new Edgecam Vault module license is now available. This
allows you to manage your data within Autodesk Vault 2013
using the Vault Interface in Edgecam. Note that this
functionality is supported for Autodesk Vault 2013 and above.
The Vault functionality implemented for Edgecam is available in
all versions of Autodesk Vault 2013 (Vault Basic, Vault
Workgroup, Vault Collaboration and Vault Professional). The
Edgecam PC must have the Autodesk Vault Client software
installed on it. Note that one of the prerequisites for the
installation of the vault client is a qualifying Autodesk CAD
product, i.e. Autodesk Inventor (Autodesk Inventor View and
Autodesk Inventor LT are not qualifying CAD products).
NCSIMUL Link Module - Product Code ENSIM-0
A new Edgecam module license that provides a link to the
NCSIMUL product is now available. The link transfers NC code,
stock and tooling information directly to NCSIMUL to simulate
the machining. A copy of NCSIMUL with appropriate machine
tool graphics (purchased separately from NCSIMUL agents)
must also be installed on the Edgecam PC.
Changes to Existing Licenses
All of the licensing changes below will be available when using
Edgecam 2013 R1, without the need for a license update.
4/5 Axis Positioning now included in Standard Milling and
Standard Production licenses

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The Standard Milling and Standard Production licenses now


include the 4/5 axis positioning capability. Previously, this was
only available on the Advanced and Ultimate Milling and
Production licenses.
Advanced 5 Axis now included in the Edgecam Educational
license
The Edgecam Educational license now includes access to the
Advanced 5 Axis cycle. The Advanced Five Axis cycle is an
extension of the standard 5 axis cycle. The cycle has a graphical
dialog with interactive geometry selection and extends the
functionality available in the standard 5 axis cycle, offering
additional calculation methods.
Probing now included in the Educational and Homework
licenses
The Edgecam Educational and Homework licenses now include
access to the Probing cycles. This enables insertion of probing
macros for part setup into the Edgecam machining sequence,
removing the need to insert probing instructions after post
processing.

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