Alphacam Levels, a quick overview

Shop Floor

Alphacam Shop Floor level is a basic viewer and limited-level editor for Alphacam drawing files. Shop Floor Alphacam allows machine operators and supervisors to examine the CAD files they are machining with options to run simulations, edit basic machine functions and use size and position reporting tools within a toolpath-included Alphacam drawing. Shop floor is generally intended as a companion system for manufacturers running higher levels of Alphacam at the design and engineering stage.

Essential

Alphacam essential is an entry-level CAD/CAM solution with an enclusive feature-set. With the ability to import dxf format files, create and apply machining styles to automate toolpath creation and on-screen nesting, Essential provides an excellent starting point at an excellent price point.

Standard

The Standard level of Alphacam has incorporated many previously higher level functions to its feature-set. With full 3D surface creation and workplane manipulation, solid simulation and the ability to create and edit 3D-3 axis toolpaths Alphacam Standard is 3D machining's entry level. Included are automation functions such as nesting by nest lists and auto styles for application of toolpaths by user layers.

Advanced

Alphacam Advanced is the ideal, full-featured edition for 3 axis (and 3 axis with 4th axis fixed) machining. With all the CAD features found at the Ultimate level, Advanced offers sophisticated automation functions such as:

  • Automated Geometry Queries for auto assigning layers
  • Constrained parametric sketching for auto-generation of drawings
  • Solid model extraction utilities from 3rd-party CAD systems
  • CSV Utilities to format CSV files for use in CAD2CAM auto-processing of nested parts
  • VBA macro creation interface
  • Z contour roughing for 3 axis surfacing
  • 3 axis solid machining strategies
  • CAD file input translators including Catia, Solidworks, Spaceclaim, Inventor, IGES and more.

Ultimate

Alphacam Ultimate has the CAM-intensive features demanded by the most control-intensive machining movements. Among the many advanced machining features at the Ultimate level are:

  • 4 and 5 axis fully interpolating toolpath movement
  • 4 and 5 axis spline/polyline machining
  • Tool angle control and views
  • Cutting between geometries on separate workplanes
  • Machining surfaces with tool side
  • Cylindrical profiling (Mill and Router modules)
  • Tool axis conversion for 4 and 5 axis
  • High-speed cornering
  • Waveform constant tool-load toolpaths
  • Adaptive feed rates for constant chip loads
  • Trochoidal milling for roughing moves
  • Constant cusp machining strategy for smooth surfacing
  • Prismatic geometry detection for roughing (to abbreviate code)

*please note that not all Alphacam modules are available at all levels. Alphacam add-on modules such as CDM, APM and Alphacam Art are one-level, fully-inclusive products that require Alphacam Standard or Advanced in soome cases to operate. Please contact us to inquire which system is best for you.

 

Choose the Right Level

Ultimate

Our most technically advanced edition for live 4 and 5 axis machining.

Advanced

For 3 axis machining with parametrics and full automation utilities.

Standard

For 3 axis machining without parametric drawing capabilities.

Essential

Basic 3 axis machining at an affordable price.

Shop Floor

For operators and shop supervisors to open and examine Alphacam files.

 

 

 

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