SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH has been developing and distributing software products for graphics and design, CAD and engineering, product presentation and documentation, CAM production and special applications for more than 30 years. SCHOTT is at EMO Hannover 2017 to unveil the latest version of its Pictures by PC CAD/CAM software, which is becoming more and more like a multifunctional swiss army knife for designers and engineers, thanks to its many and varied extensions. For example, the existing solid, surface and mesh Hybrid Modeller has been extended to support mesh offsetting, making it ideal for creating the wall thicknesses of imported STL models. Mesh objects can now also be cut along curves.
Another new feature is trochoidal 3D roughing, which supports the dynamic and rapid removal of harder materials. What's more, 3D spiral finishing enables the machining of both flat and steep regions on a part, with a single toolpath that adjusts to maintain a maximum stepover relating to the angle of the surfaces to be machined. Additional improvements include 5-axis rotary roughing and 4-axis spiral finishing operations to reduce programming outlay and machining times on components that need to be machined from multiple sides. Ultimately, the new 5-axis simulation system from SCHOTT SYSTEME is designed to ensure possible collisions between the machine spindle, table, clamps and components are identified without the need for a full machine simulation.