SheetCAM TNG with English manual
Functions of the CAM software SheetCAM TNG
- Import of drawing data in .dxf, .hpgl or .svg format
- Read in data in Excellon format. This format is used to output drilling data from PCB layout programs such as Eagle.
- Input of the machine parameters and the machine zero point
- Input of the workpiece parameters and the workpiece zero point
- Visualization of the machine table and the raw material used
- Splitting a drawing into several layers, if this has not been done in the CAD program yet
- Create and manage tool tables
- Direct approach to coordinate points
- Defining the tool change position and control commands for a tool changer
- Milling of contours on, and also left or right of the shape
- Beam cutting processes (plasma, flame, laser, water jet)
- Clearing pockets, islands are automatically detected
- Drilling with automatic hole detection
- Thread cutting, conventional or with automatic thread cutting machine
- Thread milling for internal and external threads
- Selection of different approach and retract strategies for the tool
- Immersion of the milling cutter with ramping function. This allows the plunging of milling cutters that do not cut over the centre.
- Milling or beam cutting of any text
- Define ridges that keep a cut-out workpiece in the raw material
- Copy, duplicate, rotate and mirror workpieces. Multiple arrangements of a workpiece on the blank to save material and time
- Alignment of the drawing according to the actual position of the clamped workpiece
- Manual insertion of G-code instructions at any point in the program
- Display of the tool paths and rapid traverses in the top view (X-Y) or in 3D view with free rotation
- Simulation of the finished milling program
- Selection of the postprocessor for CNC control. Among others, there are postprocessors for KinetiC-NC, Heidenhain, Isel, HPGL, Mach2/3, Trumpf, TurboCNC, PC-NC, WinPC-NC and WinCNC.
- Any number of CNC program generation from the defined machining processes
- Saving of jobs with drawing, tool table and machining processes
- Automatic documentation with tools and workflow
The following steps are usually required to generate a milling program, with SheetCAM TNG:
- Create the drawing with any CAD program. It is essential to make sure that the elements to be milled (shapes, pockets, holes) are distributed to the correct layers. All parts that you want to mill to the same depth with the same tool belong on one layer. Exceptions are holes and threads because here minimum and maximum circle diameters can be selected when creating the work processes. Even if the automatic recognition of islands or inner and outer shapes would not lead to the desired result, you have to divide the elements up into different layers.
- If not already done, create the required tools or load a tool table.
- Open the drawing.
- Create work processes.
- Make sure that the correct postprocessor is selected.
- Generate and save the CNC program with the postprocessor.
- Save the job.
- Check the generated program with the simulation if necessary.
If it turns out that changes are necessary, in that case only the previously saved job must be started. You can store the drawing, tools and machining processes in it. After you made the changes, the milling program is regenerated. This quick and easy modification of existing applications is one of the main strengths of SheetCAM TNG.
CNC-STEP is official SheetCAM distributor in Germany.