PowerMill 2019.1: Interactive Collision Avoidance
PowerMill 2019.1 includes a new suite of tools to help identify and avoid collisions involving the cutting tool assembly and workpiece. Colliding toolpath sections can be removed or highlighted using a different color - making it easier for CAM programmers to modify the toolpath to remove the collision.
PowerMill 2019.1: Probing
PowerMill 2019.1 now includes the ability to create probing tool-paths. Use with spindle-mounted touch probes to monitor and measure the accuracy of CNC machined parts. Probe paths can be combined with milling cycles and exported using a suitably updated post-processor file. PowerMill subscribers can also upload the machine-generated results files to Autodesk Drive to allow project stakeholders to make informed decisions using any cloud-connected device.
PowerMill 2019.1: Posts In The Cloud
PowerMill subscribers can now use a secure cloud-based platform to control, manage and share CNC post-processors with their engineering team. By storing posts centrally in the cloud, programmers can access the correct/latest version of their CNC machining option files at any time. This helps remove the risks associated with manually managing multiple versions of post-processor files stored on the hard-drives of each PowerMill user which helps reduce the likelihood of incorrect NC code being output to a CNC machine tool.
PowerMill 2019.1: Setup Improvements
Machining setups have been enhanced in PowerMill 2019.1 with the introduction of a new ribbon toolbar and setup interface. These improve the management of workplanes and stock for all tool-paths contained within the setup. The addition of a new "clamp" entity allows programmers to quickly define whether to ignore a fixture or collision check against it during toolpath calculation. The enhanced setups help reduce the time and effort needed to program parts.
PowerMill 2019.1: Pattern Turning
PowerMill's new "Pattern Turning" strategy gives CAM programmers greater flexibility when creating turning tool-paths for mill-turn applications. Pattern turning tool-paths can be produced using pre-defined wireframe geometry allowing the creation of machine motion not provided by PowerMill's standard suite of toolpath types.