SMIRT ShapeMilling is a software product used to create automatic 3 axes and 3+2 axes milling tool paths for small or large components or castings. The unique 'Milling Method' strategy simplifies the overall process by automatically selecting 3D surfaces to machine, filling holes, extracting tools from the database, and creating boundary curves, along with creating the initial casting stock or initial solid block.
Features at a glance:
Define initial stock
Import scan data
Dynamic stock model
Automatic hole filling
Milling method library
Built upon the SMIRT DieShop platform. SMIRT ShapeMilling takes full advantage of all the features within SMIRT DieShop. The user maintains the ability to extract data and information using a simple and intuitive user interface. This allows the user to easily analyse and extract any additional information necessary from the part data easily and effortlessly. Whether it’s a dimension, ordinate, or section through the part, you will obtain this information within seconds. By using the same platform and user interface ensures that no data is lost when communicating between departments.
Eliminate additional setups. Machine the 3D surfaces while the part is already on the machine for linear milling and hole drilling with one software interface.
As simple as 3 basic steps. Load the part, Set the axis, Run the 'Milling Method'.
Complete CAM solution. Automatic machining of small and large components and 3D surfaces. Minimal user interaction is required to achieve optimal results.
Profile toolpaths. Create 3D profile toolpaths from the SMIRT data or import your own curves. Eliminate the need for adjusting the hand wheel on the machine for the Z axis.
No preparation. No preparation surface modelling work is needed.
Define initial stock. Multiple initial stock definitions are available. Automatic creation of the initial cast stock within the 'Milling Method'. Change to a solid block for your initial stock easily and efficiently.
Import scan data. Laser scanned and / or white light scanned STL data can be imported and used as your initial stock.
Dynamic stock model. After the creation of every toolpath, a dynamic stock model is created and used as the input stock for the following toolpath. This allows for optimum and efficient toolpaths because the material to remove is continuously tracked.
Automatic hole filling. All holes are filled automatically. Screw holes, dowel holes, small gaps in surfaces. No need to spend time in the design room filling holes. Filling the holes allows for smooth, clean, efficient toolpaths.
'Milling Method' library. User created and customisable 'milling method' library eliminates tedious input and time to fill in parameters and fields that are standardised. The 'Milling Method' generates toolpaths that are specific to the die stamping industry.
Toolpath boundries. No need to create toolpath boundaries. Each boundary is created with respect to the tool that is loaded from the tool library.
Intelligent transitions. Movement from one cut plane to another cut plane is intelligently considered. If possible the tool will step outside the part, otherwise the tool will do a helical ramp, if this isn’t possible, then the tool will ramp along the geometry.
Standardisation. Perform consistent cut techniques across users. Your best in practice 'milling methods' are defined by the company. Maintain and control the feedrates. Get the same result regardless of the user skill level.
Engineering changes made easy. Import the latest product data directly into the SMIRT model to be assured of cutting to the latest change.