MachineWorks 8.5 update released

May 10, 2023

May 10, 2023

Software provider MachineWorks Ltd, based in Sheffield, UK, has announced the release of MachineWorks 8.5.

MachineWorks is a toolkit for simulation and verification and is supplied embedded within a wide range of brands from major machine tools and CNC controller manufacturers and CAM software vendors. With over fifty major OEM licensees, the company’s Polygonica is a leading engine for polygon-mesh modeling and is widely used in a range of markets, including CAD, CAM, CAE, and AM, along with medical, dental, EDA, metrology, AEC, construction, mining, and other large capital asset industries.

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This update features:

  • Eccentric Turning support
  • Support for the EGL rendering interface
  • Improved generation of rest material and gouge contours for multi-axis machining
  • Prepare and optimise tool and holder profiles based on a tolerance
  • New types of cut information for cutting force analysis and feed rate optimisation
  • Cutting with ‘stopped’ (not spinning) compound tools

Richard Baxter, Head of Sales and Marketing, stated, “It’s great to see another major MachineWorks release full of customer driven enhancements. With the increased usage of Linux for cloud, embedded and digital twins, there will be a number of people happy that an alternative to XWindows is now supported. The improved rest contours for multi-axis toolpaths look fantastic, and when the developers told me about the new functionality to clean up and simplify unnecessarily complex tool and holder profiles I had to ask why wasn’t this available when MachineWorks first came out nearly thirty years ago.”

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