Tebis, the specialist for CAD/CAM and MES process solutions in model, die and mold manufacturing, announces Release 7 of its CAD/CAM software with several new functions. Highlights include new developments in 5-axis simultaneous milling, better surface quality and improved ease of use. Tebis 4.0 Release 7 is expected to be available in late March.
Improved NC accuracy for unrivaled milling quality
Helmut Vergin, product manager at Tebis AG in Martinsried for all topics in the area of CAM and for automation processes, comments: "Our customers confirm it for us time and again: we are simply second to none in terms of stability and interface quality. With Release 7, we have once again set the bar higher and have further optimized our NC accuracy. This ensures that our customers can always achieve top-quality milling results, even with increasingly stringent requirements."
The most important new features and add-ons in Release 7 at a glance:
A new CAM function enables multi-axis deburring of sharp edges on parts. This is exactly matched to the corresponding CAD preparation function. This function automatically identifies all sharp edges in a part. Bores that are countersunk can be omitted if desired. For optimal preparation of simple deburring with NC templates, the software stores the generated edge surfaces with a structure. The part edges are thus automatically selected. Since automatic tilt direction calculation as well as automatic avoidance in the event of shank or holder collisions are integrated, users can quickly and easily create practical toolpaths for deburring. The new CAM function is suitable for both ball cutters and tapered cutters.
Job planning and NC automation
A new sorting option ensures even better surface quality. If desired, the paths can be sorted from the outside in or from the inside out. Axis-parallel machining can therefore be optimally adapted to the specific processing task.
Release 7 brings with it a residual stock analysis that "thinks for itself:" It indicates the remaining residual stock based on toolpaths in the form of colored shading and also has a new online measurement. Users can now access a corresponding analysis result in the Job Manager. This enables even complex parts to be quickly and clearly prepared and NC programming is even simpler.
Release 7 provides even more flexibility for manufacturing features – parametrically stored machining objects. If desired, different aspects such as finishing or roughing can be specified for bottom and flank surfaces in feature management. Automatic bore detection has also been further optimized. Minimum diameters can be defined for bores. Users can thus specify which bores they want to use as machining features.
Trimming and laser cutting
Many sophisticated adjustments in Release 7 provide for even faster NC processing for trim machining and laser cutting. In fact, this includes circular rapid feed connections that can now be used with significantly fewer NC points in comparison with the conventional procedure. A separate plunge feed rate can also be set in the transition from rapid to feed rate – this enables users to flexibly adapt the NC programs to the specific machining situation.
With its extended automatic name assignment, the tool library in Release 7 enables noticeably simpler tool management. The extended properties in automatic name assignment include the thread type and number of edges as well as programming length and insert length of the tool assembly.
The measurement cycles for tool measurement of complex cutter geometries are automatically called up in Release 7. This eliminates the need for subsequent manual editing and the associated time requirement.
Design and convenience
Cutting to form an exact solid has been significantly simplified: Users specify a dividing angle in advance, thereby creating the outline surfaces for cutting and re-striking dies with a step relief.
The ability for users to quickly and easily transfer their individual user configuration from a previous release is more than just a convenience: Toolbars, workspaces and other user settings can now be transferred at the click of a button.
The functions of Tebis release 7 are rounded out by an improved STEP interface and the ability to directly print out screenshots.
A webinar will be held today, Friday, March 29, 2019, in which a Tebis partner will give a live presentation of the functions of the new Tebis 4.0 CAD/CAM software Release 7. Readers can register for the webinar on the Tebis website.