Companies collaborate on PrimeTurning CAM technology

Published
September 14, 2021 - 09:00pm

Roughing turning cycle using a Sandvik Coromant CoroTurn Prime B-type Insert.A collaboration between CAM software component provider ModuleWorks, machining solutions and tool manufacturer Sandvik Coromant, and HCL Technologies, producer of CAMWorks, has produced one of the first commercial implementations of the new PrimeTurning methodology in a CAM system.

Invented and patented by Sandvik Coromant, the PrimeTurning methodology reportedly increases machining efficiency by offering turning in all directions. Sandvik Coromant worked together with ModuleWorks to implement the PrimeTurning method as a software solution that can be integrated into any CAM system. With support from ModuleWorks, HCL Technologies integrated this solution into CAMWorks to offer PrimeTurning as a native CAM strategy for improving efficiency and job-throughput in machine shops.

The PrimeTurning method enables CAMWorks to achieve faster material removal rates and higher productivity than conventional turning methods, the companies said. ModuleWorks also developed optimized G-code generation for the PrimeTurning method with versatile parameterization for simplified CAM programming. Integrated into CAMWorks, this delivers fast and flexible job setup for the diverse range of CoroTurn Prime turning tools to further increase productivity.

“This three-way collaboration is an excellent example of how Industry 4.0 encourages heterogenous partnerships for developing new, innovative manufacturing solutions,” said Julia Meyer-Hendricks, senior key-account manager at ModuleWorks. “We look forward to a continued cooperation and further advances in the technology.”

Marko Stugbäck, product manager at Sandvik Coromant, said: “ModuleWorks has the experts and resources that enabled us to turn the revolutionary PrimeTurning method into a software solution for the CAM market. It’s great to see HCL implementing this technology in CAMWorks. These types of collaborative efforts are exactly what the industry needs to ensure continued ingenuity that enhances the productivity and quality of automated manufacturing.”

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)

    Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.

  • turning

    turning

    Workpiece is held in a chuck, mounted on a face plate or secured between centers and rotated while a cutting tool, normally a single-point tool, is fed into it along its periphery or across its end or face. Takes the form of straight turning (cutting along the periphery of the workpiece); taper turning (creating a taper); step turning (turning different-size diameters on the same work); chamfering (beveling an edge or shoulder); facing (cutting on an end); turning threads (usually external but can be internal); roughing (high-volume metal removal); and finishing (final light cuts). Performed on lathes, turning centers, chucking machines, automatic screw machines and similar machines.

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