Alphacam Features

General

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NC File Output
List NC Code
Post Processor Selection
Printer/Plotter Output
Insert Existing Drawing File  
Input NC Code as Geometry or Tool Paths  
Input Raster Image Files  
Report Creator and Designer ( * Designer requires a valid Alphacam maintenance contract )   *• *• *• *•
Convert Raster to Vector  
Open/Save Drawing Template      
User Definable Alphacam Text Fonts      

CAD File Input Translators

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DXF, DWG  
IGES as Surfaces  
IGES Healing   OPT OPT OPT OPT
Rhino    
STL    
STEP    
IGES as Solids      
ACIS, CADL, VDA, ANVIL      
3D XYZ Points      
Part Modeler      
SolidWorks      
Solid Edge      
Autodesk Inventor      
Parasolid      
VISI      
Spaceclaim      
NX       OPT OPT
Catia 4       OPT OPT
Catia 5       OPT OPT
Creo Parametrics       OPT OPT

CAD File Output Translators

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DXF, IGES  
WMF, EMF      
STL, VDA, Parasolid, Rhino, ACIS      

Views

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Dockable Project Manager
Dynamic 3D View
Reverse View
Shading/Wireframe Mode
Zooming (All, In/Out, Window, etc)
Zoom In/Out with Scroll Wheel
Panning
Panning with Middle Mouse Button
Set Limits
Change Background Color
Savable View Perspectives
Selectable View Perspectives
New View Window  
Multiple/Dockable View Windows  

Display Options

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Show Material Cut
Show Breaks
Single Step Mode
Draw Rapid Moves
Draw Tool Holder  
Draw Material/Fixtures as Solids    
Draw Surfaces in Layer Color    
Draw Solid Bodies as Wireframe      
Show Tool Angles        

CAD Geometry

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Fast Geometry  
Edit/List Geometry  
Construction Mode  
Text Creation and Editing  
Digitizing (On Screen and Tablet)  
Line, Rectangle  
Arcs, Circles  
Polygon, Ellipse  
Bolt Hole Circle  
Involute Curve  
Slot  
Equal Spaced Holes  
Enclosing Rectangle  
Spline Creation and Editing  
Convert Spline to Lines/Arcs  
Assign Image to Geometry  
3D Polyline    
Geometry Macro Recorder      

Surface Creation/Edition

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Surface from Sections    
Swept Surface from 2 Curves    
Swept Surface from 3 Curves    
Coons Patch from 3 Curves    
Coons Patch from 4 Curves    
Ruled Surface    
Surface of Revolution    
Fillet Between 2 Surfaces    
Tri-Corner Fillet    
Extruded Surface    
Flat Surface    
Break Intersecting Surfaces    
Edit Surface Control Points    
Un-Trim Surfaces    
Extend Surface    
Surface Finder    
Extract Edge from Surfaces    
Convert to STL Facets    

Geometry/Tool Path Editing

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Undo  
Redo  
Fabricate (Cut, Crop, Delete Area, Subtract, Unite, Overlapping, Intersecting, Loop, Paneling)  
Break, Join  
Break at Distance  
Trim, Extend  
Extend by Distance  
Fillet, Chamfer  
Offset (Element and/or Path)  
Grouping/Ungrouping  
Definable Cutting Start Point  
Manual/Automatic Cut Ordering  
Geometry Query Manager  
Change Object Types  
2D Array, Scale, Stretch, Skew  
2D Move, Copy, Mirror, Rotate  
3D Move, Copy, Mirror, Rotate    
Auto 2D/3D Mode    
AutoQueries      

3D

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Set Materials  
Set Work Volume    
Make Local Axis Horizontal    
Specify Panel    
Show Panel Edges    
Select Panel Edge    
Set Geometry Z Levels    
Create Sections    
3D Part Rotation    
Project 3D to 2D    
Reverse Tool Side (On Surfaces)    
Edit 3D Polyline    
3D Project to Suface, STL or Plane - 3 Axis    
Wrap on Surface - 3 Axis    
Wrap Around Geometry - 3 Axis (Around Cardinal Planes)    
Edit Geometry Z Point by Point      
3D Project to Solid - 3 Axis      
Wrap on Solid - 3 Axis      
3D Project to Surface, Solid, STL or Plane - 4/5 Axis        
Wrap on Surface/Solid - 4/5 Axis        
Wrap Around Geometry - 4/5 Axis        

Work Planes

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Browse/Select Work Planes  
Slice Through Work Volume    
2 Lines for X and Y Axes    
Exiting Geometry    
Parallel to Current Work Plane    
Perpendicular to Current Work Plane    
Reverse Current Plane    
As Current Plane, Different Origin    
By Name    
Best Fit Plane Through Points    
By Line Element Vector    
Normal to View    
Set Work Plane Origin    
Work Plane Properties    
Order Work Planes    
Cancel Work Plane    
From Solid Model Face      

Utilities

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Distance/Angle between Points
Report Coordinates of a Point
Radius of a Arc/Circle
Snap to Same X, Y or Z as…  
Snap Points  
Auto Snap Points  
Points to Lines/Arcs  
Auto-Close Contours  
Common Line Removal  
Fold/Unfold      
Develop to Flat      
Join Parts with Bridge      
Link Adjacent Circles      
Undo        
Redo        

CAD Utilities

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User Layers
Alphacam Layers
Dimensions
Hatch  
Set Line Type  
Edit Line Type  
Line Properties  
Hide Parts  
Show All Parts  
Move Dimensions    
Magnify    

Constrained Parametric Sketching

Nesting Zones
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Fix      
Horizontal      
Vertical      
Length      
Radius      
Coincident      
Perpendicular      
Tangent      
Distance      
Angle      
Equal Distance      
Equal Length      
Parallel      
Concentric      
Midpoint      
Drag      
Constrain Z Levels      
View Constraints      
Constrain Work Plane      
Delete All Constraints      
Delete All Variables      
Auto Constrain      
Edit Variables      
New Parameter      
New Equation      
Re-order Parameters/Equations      
Import Variables      
Insert Constrained Drawing      
Parametric Rules      

Solid Model Extraction

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Automatic Extraction      
Drillable Hole Extraction      
Hole Chamfer Extraction      
Contour from Picked Edges      
Contour Around Picked Edges      
Contour Through Current Work Plane      
Edge for Sawing      
Surfaces from Faces      
Projected Face Outline to Work Plane      
Z-Level Section      
3D Edge Extraction      
Edges from Face Outlines      
Profiles from Extended Edges      
Extract Solid Body Outlines      
Spun Outline Extraction      

Solid Model Utilities

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Offset Faces      
Cap Holes      
Create Bounding Work Volume      
Remove Contours Defined as Holes      
Reset Geometry Z-Levels      
Reverse View      
Set View Down Normal      
Auto-Align Part      
Align Part      
Set Face Color      
Paint Faces      
Face/Edge/Point Details      
Check/Repair Part      

STL Utilities

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Convert STL Facets to Polylines    
Delete STL Facets    
Chop STL into Sections    
Reverse Face Colors    
Extract 3D Edges    
Project Edges to Current Work Plane    
Create Enclosing Rectangle    

Nesting

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On Screen True Shape Nesting  
On Screen Rectangular Nesting  
Nesting of Geometries  
Nesting of Tool Paths  
Manual Nesting  
Onion Skinning  
Create/Edit Nest Lists    
Nesting from Nest Lists    
Display Nesting Information    
Sheet Database    
Save Off-Cut to Sheet Database    
Area Estimate from Part or Sheet    
Nesting Zones    
Definable sheets with No-Nest Zones    
Kit Nesting    
Bridged Nesting    
Control Nesting In Apertures    

General Machining

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Machining Styles  
AutoStyles  
User Definable Tool/Tool Library  
Set Tool Directions (On Geometry)  
Set Start Point Automatically on Closed Geometries  
Route All Geometries  
Route Selected Geometries  
Route Partial Geometry  
Route Using Vertical Sides  
Pocket Using Z Contour Roughing Strategy, Including Waveform  
Pocket All Geometries  
Pocket Selected Geometries  
Pocket Using Vertical Sides  
Residual Pocketing  
Pocket with Additional Rough/Finish Pass  
3D Engraving  
Manual Tool Path  
Lead-In/Out Moves  
Drill/Tap Holes  
Chamfer Holes  
Multidrilling (Multiple Spindle Drill Block)   + + + +
Insert User Defined Code    
Route Using Sloping Sides    
Route with Auto Z    
Pocket with Auto Z    
Residual Routing    
Helical Interpolation    
Sawing Vertically    
Sawing Around Arcs Vertically    
Drill/Tap Holes with Auto Z    
Chamfer Holes with Auto Z    
Pocket Using Sloping Sides    
3-Axis Spline/Polyline Machining    
Route Using Definable Profiled Sides    
Pocket Using Definable Profiled Sides    
Set/Unset Open Elements    
Set Overlap on Open Elements    
Solid Tooling      
Machine Holes      
Machine Holes with Auto Z      
Pocket Holes      
Pocket Holes with Auto Z      
Sawing at Definable Tilt Angle      
Set Saw Angle on Geometry Element      
3D Lead-In/Out Moves      
3D Approach Moves      
4/5-Axis Spline/Polyline Machining        
Cut Between Two Geometries        

3D Surface Machining

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Z Contour Roughing, Including Waveform    
3-Axis    
4-Axis (XY/XZ/YZ rot with Fixed Vertical Tool Angle)    
Along Intersection      
4-Axis (XY/XZ/YZ rot with Tilted Tool Angle Support)        
5-Axis        
Machine Surface with Tool Side        

3D Surface Machining Strategies

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Parallel    
Cylindrical Parallel    
Parameter Lines      
Horizontal Z Contours      
Projected Contour      
Radial      
Spiral      
Rest Machining      
Drive Curves      
Flat Area Offset      
Helical Z      
Constant Cusp      
Z Contours + Flat Area Offset        
Z Contours - Steep Slopes        
Parallel - Shallow Slopes        
Parallel - Steep Slopes        
Cylindrical Profiling        

3D STL Machining

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Z Contour Roughing, Including Waveform    
3-Axis ( * Aspire for Alphacam required for this feature witin Essential )   *•
4-Axis (XY/XZ/YZ rot with Fixed Vertical Tool Angle)    

3D STL Machining Strategies

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Parallel ( * Aspire for Alphacam required for this feature witin Essential )   *•
Cylindrical Parallel    

3D Solid/STL Machining

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Z Contour Roughing, Including Waveform      
3-Axis      
4-Axis (XY/XZ/YZ rot with Fixed Vertical Tool Angle)      
4-Axis (XY/XZ/YZ rot with Tilted Tool Angle Support)        
5-Axis        

3D Solid/STL Machining Strategies

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Horizontal Z Contours      
Parallel      
Projected Contour      
Radial      
Spiral      
Rest Machining      
Drive Curves      
Flat Area Offset      
Helical Z      
Cylindrical Parallel      
Constant Cusp      
Z Contours + Flat Area Offset        
Z Contours - Steep Slopes        
Parallel - Shallow Slopes        
Parallel - Steep Slopes        
Cylindrical Profiling        

Machine Data Editing

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Order/Renumber Operations via Project Manager
Order Operations in Nested Sheets
Tool Path Data
Quick Edit Machine Data
Edit Operations via Project Manager  
Special Edits Manager via Project Manager  
Tool Path Updating (Associativity)  
Update Individual Operations via Project Manager  
Copy an Existing Operation via Project Manager  
Move Machined Geometry to Own Operation via Project Manager  
Adjust Rapid Positioning Moves  
Add/Remove Support Tags (Manual and Automatic)  
Reverse Tool Path  
Adjust Feed Rate Around Corners  
Edit Feed Rate at Point Along Tool Path    
Edit Z Point by Point Along Tool Path    
Set Pocketing Start Point(s)    
Automatic Tool Oscillation    
Convert 3D Tool Path to Helical Arcs      
Automatic Rapid Manager    
Automatic Support Tags on 5-Axis Tool Paths        
Edit Tool Angle        
Edit 5-Axis Tool Path        
Smooth 5-Axis Tool Path        
4/ 5-Axis Tool Path Optimiser        

Tool Axis Conversion

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Convert to Vertical or Work Plane      
3-Axis      
4-Axis (XZ/YZ rot)        
5-Axis        
Through Point        
Through Axis        
Confine with Boundary        
Normal to Curve(s)        
Normal to Surfaces        
Normal to Solid Model Bodies        
Normal to Solid Model Faces        

Clamps/Fixtures

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  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Define Fixtures    
Move Fixtures      
Edit Fixtures      
Set Initial Position      
Record Current Positions      
Pop Up/Down Clamps      

Machine Configuration

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Open/Save Machine    
Clear Machine    
Set/Reset Default Machine    
Define Machine Configuration    
Set Tool Home Position    
Define Lines for Rotational Axes    
Define Machine Component      
Set Safe Area      
Move Part on Machine      
Rotate Part on Machine      

Simulation

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Shaded Simulation
Solid Simulation  
Sectioning in XY, Z  
Full Machine Simulation      

CAD to CAM

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CAD to CAM  

Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

  Shop Floor Essential Standard Advanced Ultimate
Turn Add-Ins On/Off  
Run Macros  
Open VBA Project for Running  
Open VBA Project for Editing      
Create New VBA Project      
Open VBA Post for Editing      
Integrated VBA Editor      

Other

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Aspire for Alphacam   OPT OPT OPT OPT
Automated Parametric Manufacturing (APM)       OPT OPT
Cabinet Door Manufacturing (CDM)   OPT OPT OPT OPT
OPT: Extra Cost Option
+: Add-In
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