This is the third ModuleWorks release of 2021 and contains new and enhanced features across the entire product range, including new multi-axis hole making cycles with independent feed rate control, a new morph pattern for laser aided manufacturing and a collision-free solution for robotics post processing.
The new ModuleWorks hole making strategies provide flexible feed rate control for drilling, reaming and thread tapping with fast programming via a graphical user interface.
When drilling holes, operators can select a different feed rate for the break-through distance to reduce the amount of burr. This can also be used on non-flat holes to ensure a high-quality finish and longer tool life.
Reaming increases the precision of holes. With the new ModuleWorks hole making options, operators can select different approach and retract feed rates to ensure optimal machining conditions for reaming cycles.
The feed rates can also be independently adjusted for thread tapping. Selecting the right feed rate for retract motions reduces non-productive time and speeds up machining.
The morph pattern can now be applied to laser aided manufacturing to create a morph toolpath between two leading curves or two guide meshes. The toolpath gradually interpolates between the two input objects and spreads evenly over the machining surface. This is especially useful when machining steep areas during mould making.
When used for Fused Deposition Modeling, the morph pattern enables operators to create a morph toolpath for non-uniform geometries.
This new feature uses the ModuleWorks collision checking algorithm to compute a collision-free solution for robotics post processing. When calculating the inverse kinematics for robots, the ModuleWorks MultiXPost processor detects collision pairs in the robot's kinematics and takes them into account when generating the posted toolpath.
Further details about the ModuleWorks 2021.12 release are available in the latest ModuleWorks YouTube videos: What’s New in ModuleWorks 2021.12 The ModuleWorks 2021.12 release is available now for download from the ModuleWorks website.