Industry 4.0 is the goal for CAMWorks ShopFloor

Published 16 August 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, cam, camworks, industry 4.0, hcl

HCL Technologies’ new release of CAMWorks ShopFloor aims to provide tools for companies to meet Smart Manufacturing initiatives by moving beyond 2D drawings or static digital files.

CAMWorks ShopFloor runs independently from any CAD software, removing the need to have a full CAD/CAM software license on the shop floor is eliminated, and letting everyone use 3D digital models with extensive data from the part design files so that machinists can produce parts with fewer miscommunications.

The new release includes automatic file checking to detect changes in either the CAD or CAM file and alert the user, to avoid machining the wrong revision of the part and maintain associativity along the digital thread.

CAMWorks ShopFloor includes a CAD viewer, allowing the machinist to display the native design model with GD&T dimensional information and annotations of the 3D part model.

Machinists are able to rotate, zoom, pan and section view the model, and also take linear, radial, angular, and area measurements. The MBD and PMI data can be viewed, searched and filtered.

A CNC Editor, with back-plotting capabilities, is also in place to allow the machinist to review and make any final changes, letting them view and edit G-code, view the impact of the edits made, and then send the program to the CNC machine.

Digital setup sheets and tool lists are also generated and can be sent along with the 3D part models and CNC programs.

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