ZWSOFT, a reliable and innovative
engineering software provider, has recently announced the launch of ZW3D
2019, delivering improvements
from design to manufacturing, which can help users bring complex
products to the market faster.
To help you better understand the new
release, we invite Jeffrey
Rowe, who has more than 40
years of experience in industrial design, mechanical engineering,
and manufacturing, to try ZW3D 2019 and share his hands-on review.
In the first
part, he shared his hands-on
review on CAD module of ZW3D 2019. In this part, he will share his
review on CAM module.
Being expanded, optimized and
polished, ZW3D 2019 achieved great improvements in CAM, including
integrated Volumill™, Cleanup Corner Control in 2X, optimized
algorithm of flat finishing operation, etc.
Now let’s take a look at what did Jeffrey Rowe say about ZW3D
One of the most unique aspects of ZW3D Premium
CAD process is its association with the manufacturing process. For
example, ZW3D recognizes and machines geometric design features—up
to 5 axes—and has the ability to directly manipulate and machine
ZW3D CAM Interface
The CAM Operations and Tactics Managers in
ZW3D Premium provide assistance during the machining/manufacturing
phase of the product development process. These management tools
help you develop intelligent and efficient milling and drilling
operations. You do this by defining rules that ZW3D CAM will use
when analyzing CAM features. The rules that are defined form a rule
set that will help select the best machining tools from your library
and calculate the best tool paths. For example, if a drilling
operation is required and a good match from available drill tools
cannot be located in the library, ZW3D CAM searches existing reaming
or boring tools for a better match for the given operation. The
suggested tooling operations can then be organized, verified and
output just as manually created operations would be.
Figure 2. The CAM Operations
and Tactics Managers
VoluMill™ for ZW3D, developed and
provided by Celeritive™, is a new add-in to ZW3D CAM that is
integrated into ZW3D 2019, providing a toolpath strategy to
machining faster and deeper in 2- and 3-axis roughing, reducing
cycle time by up to 70 percent and increasing productivity by 50
percent, according to ZWSOFT.
Figure 3. Performance of
VoluMill™ improves the way tools
cut their way through material, using high-speed continuous tangent
motion rather than sharp, interrupted movements. Constant stepover
toolpaths generally have a shorter path length than other
approaches. VoluMill™ keeps a constant stepover wherever possible,
producing even machining loads and uniform chip formation, resulting
in increased heat dissipation.
Figure 4. VoluMill™ for ZW3D
can generate optimized toolpaths with 50 to 80 percent machining
cycle time saved, and it can use full depth of cutter, reducing up
to 75 percent costs of cutting tool. (Image courtesy of ZWSOFT.)
VoluMill™ automatically determines
the sequence of material removal that will minimize total cycle
time. No additional user input is required, providing big time
Depending on the situation, with
the VoluMill™ Technology Expert, you select different materials and
set the maximum speed and feed rate of the machine, as well as the
type of tool and fixture. The expert system will automatically
calculate the speed, feed rate and step size of the process
according to the user’s settings. You can choose whether or not to
use these recommended values.
Figure 5. VoluMill™ Technology Expert
Cleanup Corner Control
In ZW3D 2019, Cleanup Corner
Control was added in 2X machining, which helps make smooth toolpaths
in sharp corners. Smooth toolpaths reduce tool shock to maximize
tool life and obtain better surface quality.
2019 Premium has several strong capabilities in part and
assembly design, drawing creation, and data management, its greatest
strength and differentiator is the fact that you have all the tools
necessary for going from design through manufacturing (machining) in
one package. In effect, ZW3D 2019 Premium can handle the entire
product development process, from concept through manufacturing.
This comprehensive ability really sets it apart when compared with
its competitors, many of which require optional products to achieve
this level of functionality, especially for manufacturing.
Having all workflow capabilities
available in one package ensures a similar user experience
throughout the design and manufacturing process. Dealing with one
comprehensive software application, such as ZW3D 2019 Premium, will
benefit many potential customers, especially those involved with
design and manufacturing operations.
Does every prospective customer
need all of these capabilities? Well, no, but there are several
versions or “flavors” of ZW3D that will provide as much or as little
capability as needed to get the job done. In other words, the
various version options help ensure that you get the best value for
All of the above content are from the review
on ZW3D CAM by Jeffrey Rowe. In the next part of Jeffrey Rowe's
review, he will share his idea on ZW3D CAD.
Expert Review of ZW3D 2019 - Part One - CAD Module