Program 2.5-Axis and 3-Axis Machines to create 3D parts
NC Shop Floor Programmer (NSR) enables users to program advanced 2.5-axis milling machines, 3- axis milling machines, and 2- / 4- axes wire EDM machines to create 3D parts. The 3DEXPERIENCE® platform immerses NC programmers in a realistic virtual workplace as they create, enhance and validate milling and EDM programs. It provides easy access to up-to-date information for machining resources, NC programs and part set-up. The 3D environment immerses NC Programmers in a realistic virtual workplace as they create, optimize, and validate milling programs. It provides easy access to up-to-date information for machining resources, NC programs, and part set-up.
NSR provides a full set of features for workpiece setup, cutter tool assembly, and toolpath simulation that include material removal, machine-tool simulation, and NC code generation. NC programmers can capture and leverage enterprise intellectual property and collaborate with other stakeholders as they develop, validate, and optimize NC programs.
Reduce NC programming time
Simplified new user interface with more intuitive graphic dialog boxes focus on the most important parameters & strategies. When NC programs are authored or edited, NSR takes into account the machine tools kinematic definition. Tool changes and machine rotations are automatically generated and can be visualized in the machining operation definition panel.
Maximize machine tool utilization
NSR’s wide range of operations and strategies helps programmers create toolpath programs that minimize non-value-added motion. NSR considers in-process parts to generate collision-free toolpaths.
Mitigate risk to production
A 3D environment creates optimized NC programs in the manufacturing context: NC machine, cutter, tool assemblies, NC accessories and other elements. This provides a better understanding of the machining cell and ensures that the toolpath and machining strategy consider the tool’s physical environment. It also reduces the risk of unexpected issues and production delays.
A single design-to-machining solution to understand engineering changes
Based on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, NSR provides an unrivaled level of associativity between product engineering, manufacturing processes, and resources. Companies can manage concurrent engineering and manufacturing flows better and shorten the design-to-manufacturing cycle. NSR offers the best available support of design changes or design variants and the rapid creation of programs for families of parts. Native implementation links connect machining programs to engineering and manufacturing data, which can be used to determine which machining programs are impacted by engineering or manufacturing changes. Example: when there is a new cutter, and whether machining data is up to date with respect to engineering changes.
A Setup Wizard and an immersive, context-based user interface
A toolpath creation wizard and context-based menus are available for a quick 3D setup and creation of the NC toolpath. If a user clicks on a help icon while editing a parameter, an image describing the parameter pops up in the panel. Users can quickly organize programs in the activity process tree using copy-and-paste functions. Tool changes and machine rotations are automatically generated and can be visualized in the activity process tree.
Automatic association of prismatic machining features with part design
Automatically recognizes the prismatic machining features of the product design, significantly reducing toolpath programming time. A manufacturing view of the design part is generated with all the drilling and milling features that are to be machined. Through this embedded feature-recognition technology, NSR allows geometrical-machined, feature-creation design parts—even on those with no design feature specifications.
Creation and optimization of 2.5-axis milling, drilling and probing operations
Offers a broad range of machining operations for toolpath definition, including pocketing, contouring, roughing & sweeping operations. These operations can be defined as multi-level and multi-pass. At the user’s request, the tool path can be optimized for high-speed machining. Point-to-point machining is available, as well as a full set of axial operations from standard drilling to complex boring and chamfering. NSR offers unique functionalities for creating and verifying milling, drilling, and probing operations. Probing operations are very flexible and can be customized with associated user parameters.
High-end strategies from roughing to finishing for 3-axis geometry
Offers a full set of 3-axis high-end strategies from roughing to finishing, such as sweeping, Z-Level, advanced finishing and deburring. It automatically generates toolpaths for the entire part. Users can also author operations needed to machine specific features. Users can select a roughing strategy—such as back-and-forth, helical or part-offset—based on the material and the shape of the part. NSR analyzes tool assemblies during computation to generate a collision-free toolpath. As roughing operations are defined, the in-process part is computed and used as the starting point for the next set of operations. Users can then create a new roughing operation with a smaller diameter tool. This toolpath is automatically generated based on material that remains from any previous operation, including roughing.
Wire EDM Machining
Simulate, validate, and program wire Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) processes. Users have the ability to compute the wire EDM path and program the synchronization of each end of the wire to the part contours. Users can implement 2- and 4-axes programming capabilities with dedicated wire EDM strategies, visualize and validate their program strategy, then produce the machine code. As with all DELMIA Machining applications, users can save and re-use best practices by creating the wire EDM paths, storing these in a template, and then re-using the same strategy on other parts.
Quick toolpath verification and editing
Toolpath replay allows the generation and verification of individual operations or of the complete program. Users can visualize the in-process part and analyze remaining material. Alternative machining strategies can be tested to obtain collision-free trajectories. The compare part and remaining stock commands display the differences. NSR improves toolpath verification by pinpointing lack of or excess material.
Advanced simulation capability
Powerful simulation capabilities for toolpath validation bring one of the most advanced machine simulation modules to the market to identify potential issues early in the process. NSR has the capability to compute gouge volume in the workpiece, making it easier for users to prioritize and process gouges in machining programs. Near misses at user-defined safety distances are also identified, and multiple tool change locations are supported for a more accurate simulation of the machine motions. The simulation context, saved in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, allows the user to organize his review in the most convenient way and helps to ensure traceability of the validation task. It allows users to program, optimize and validate machining in the most efficient way. It lets NC Programmers identify toolpath errors early in the process and shortens programming time.
High levels of automation and standardization
Machining processes can be defined as dedicated templates and stored in a catalog for re-use. The stored templates can be retrieved and applied to the design features of the part geometry. The company’s intellectual property is capitalized and re-used to make programming more efficient. NC
objects and attributes are handled as Knowledgeware objects in order to increase the level of automation and standardization in NC program creation.
Seamless NC data generation
NSR offers seamless generation of APT source and NC Code ISO format through the integrated post-processor execution engine, the library of standard post-processor syntax mapping tables, and Post Processor samples. The output formats can be easily customized. Additional files generated by the post-processor are also automatically saved in the same container in the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, thus ensuring that all relevant outputs for a given part are available at the same location and are up to date. The manufacturing program’s key information can be exported as documentation for reference on the shop floor.
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