2021.04 CAD/CAM Software Components

June 03, 2021
Smart Measure Module Measures Distances Between Any On-Screen Geometry

ModuleWorks Releases 2021.04 CAD/CAM Components

ModuleWorks announces the release of its 2021.04 CAD/CAM software components. This is the first major release of 2021 and is available now for download from the ModuleWorks website.

The ModuleWorks 2021.04 release contains new and enhanced features across the entire product range. The most important new developments are described below. 

Deburring with the tool cone and cylinder 

Users can now define a fixed contact point on the tool that enables the cone and cylinder to be used for deburring. This makes deburring an attractive option for chamfering because the cone and cylinder leave no imprint of the tool’s profile. To ensure a uniform chamfer, the tool is not tilted. Instead, to avoid collisions, the toolpath is automatically trimmed in the affected areas.

Sharp corners for enhanced prismatic shapes

The new 2D roughing algorithms prevent corner roll. This preserves sharp corners and providers greater control over the toolpath when machining prismatic shapes.

Corner feed rate reduction

The ModuleWorks toolpath algorithms offer lower feed rates for machining corners. Decelerating the tool when machining sharp corners enhances surface quality and helps low-end CNCs to handle high-performance toolpaths.

Approximate point of collision

The Collision Checker algorithm now returns the approximate point of contact between two objects. This enables OEMs to offer an enhanced user experience in their simulations, for example by drawing a sphere or other shape to graphically indicate the approximate area of the collision.

Smart Measure for Machine Builder

The ModuleWorks Machine Builder now supports the Smart Measure module for measuring distances between any on-screen geometry. Smart Measure automatically recognizes different geometric features and their inherent dimensions, making it easier to create machine models.

Related Glossary Terms

  • chamfering


    Machining a bevel on a workpiece or tool; improves a tool’s entrance into the cut.

  • feed


    Rate of change of position of the tool as a whole, relative to the workpiece while cutting.

  • toolpath( cutter path)

    toolpath( cutter path)

    2-D or 3-D path generated by program code or a CAM system and followed by tool when machining a part.