FORMTEC integrates CAD Exchanger SDK to validate milling toolpaths

FORMTEC GmbH designs NCspeed, the software for CNC (Computer Numerical Control) which is particularly focused on 3- and 5-axis milling simulation. FORMTEC integrates NCspeed into leading CAM solutions, including Sescoi WorkNC, Solidworks, Mastercam and others.

The Challenge

To check the correctness of toolpaths generated by CAM systems, NCspeed simulates the milling process. It calculates the final result by applying milling to an original blank and compares the result to the expected surface geometry. The ability to import geometries in different formats allow NCspeed users to provide their models in the most convenient format.

The Solution

NCSpeed integrates CAD Exchanger SDK and in particular its importers for the IGES and STEP formats which are widely used in CAM. NCspeed also uses the CAD Exchanger mesher to compute surface tessellations which are used in simulation algorithms.

The Value

Integrating CAD Exchanger SDK, FORMTEC now enables end-users with broader options of supported formats and conducts more reliable validation process. 

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