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Camworks Woodwop and Homag10/16
I've been using Alphacam for the past 4 years running SCM and Homag machines.
I Recently made a job switch to a company that has purchased Camworks.
Camworks have provided a post which as I've seen only puts out a Frier NC macro. So nothing, not even a perimeter cut is visible inside of woodwop. The only thing I'm seeing is the stock material. Camworks on the whole seems like a pretty powerful program, with lots of great features. But I'm having trouble getting it to function to the level I'm used to with Alphacam. Example, not being able to see a perimeter cut - so an ellipse would require me to guess where a safe area to setup pods or clamps. Uniquely shaped parts are of concern to me.
Additionally this is a 5 axis machine, I haven't been able to figure a safe way to define our saw other than as a 175mm radius router bit with a 3mm width of cut and approaching from the side and using great care with leadin leadout. This is not a suitable way - The pucker factor is HUGE! (Though I haven't spent a ton of time with tech support which is what I'll be doing this week)
Furthermore I have yet to find a proper way to add clamps or pods to the code to be fed into woodwop.
Im wondering if anyone has any experience with Camworks and a 5 or even a 3/4 axis Homag and any advice. If these things are possible and I'm just not seeing it I'd gladly pay for your time and assistance
Presumably someone else is programming in CamWorks for you. They can easily add the fixtures in Camworks if you have standard setups. Once they have those in their model they can easily select the fixtures and define the safe working parameters so the tool paths take the fixtures into account.
It is easy to model custom tools in a 3D modeling package and add those to CamWorks. The part can only be a simple revolve function.
Are you being provided setup sheets? They can do those in Camworks and you should get those if you cannot view at the machine. They could screen capture a video of the simulation in CamWorks too for critical runs.
If you have a subscription I am sure your re-seller might be more helpful. I am fairly new to CamWorks, so I cannot help much more.
camworks is fun,,the alphacam to woodwop post is near perfect,,,
if you need cam works /post adjustment please let me know