Ecam is designed to speed up the g-code generation for simple part .
In short, if most of your production consist in simple component , and you feel common cad/cam are an overkill for your jobs , give a try to ecam , probably it will fit your needs.
The 3D rappresentation is the effective result of all toolpath movements applied to the stock model.
You can check immediatly if there is something wrong.
Is possible define the most common and recurrent geometry profile by just insert some parameters.
Create slot, slot d on circle, text , regular polygons and much more without touching any cad tool. Here more information.
Easy to create , easy to edit .
The purpose of TIMELINE feature is too see at glance , what operations are taking most of the machining time.
Every operation has a different colour , if you hover it with mouse cursor you can see the related operation in the viewport.
Create documentation for the shop floor with a click.
Containing all the information to setup the cnc machine . The setup sheet is an html file, so you can view it through your internal company LAN.
Understand better the generated toolpath with a tool animation.
You can control the animation speed . It shows the current position and the current values of feed and speed.
Check tool rapid collision and see the effective result of the tool movements on the stock.
Use View Cube and other available methods to change camera position .
If needed, toggle the section and trasparency mode for better visualization of 3D model.
Import existing 2D geometry from cad file ( DXF and DWG file format)
ECam can't import 3D object
Save all your tools data and parameters.
A tool can habe multiple set of cutting data, one set for each stock raw material.
Where applicable , default tools are assigned to newly created operation , considering the previous user selection and compatibilty with that operation.
ECam comes with an internal thread database , covering most of common thread family.
Is extensible and customizable from user.
No more need to search around for thread depth , taper angle , and pitch values.
Is possible customize output G-Code with ease.
ECam use a simple system to post process the toolpath into g-code , no need to have experience with any programming language.
Through templates , tags and some properties is possible reach an high level of customization.
Let's say , for example, when you need a face turning operation . Often you need to change the [Material to remove] to 4mm , the [Finish Allowance] to .1mm and active the finishing operation .
Save this preference as default valuse. From MENU -> EDIT -> SAVE AS DEFAULT VALUES
Next time you are going to add a face turning operation, that values will be setted as default.
For example, to create a tapped hole, you need a center drill, drill, chamfer and tap tools.
With ecam you can activate this operations just by checking a box.
If the linked geometry is changed, all the child operations are updated consequently.
ECam has a basic set of cad tools. Useful to adjust imported cad geometries or to draw simple shapes.
For better operation navigation, hover with mouse cursor on a treview item .
The toolpath related to that hovered operation will be visible into the viewport.
By default the operations are sorted in a logical way. So you are going to have roughing operation before finishing operation and center drill before tapping operation. Independently from creation order.
Is possible drag an operation to change the default sorting. In this case , the logical auto-sorting will become disabled.
Click on this button
to get a fast overview of all used tools in current project.
Quickfix cutting data parameters and tool station number.
A "must have" feature if you need to work mild steel or inox material.
Here an extensive explanation of this strategy benefits
Create slot-t safely with just a couple of parameter
Engrave 2D geometries or plain text.
Select single line or True Type font.
Linear or circular disposition.
Common milling machining operations covered.
Create chamfer on your part without extra effort.
Active CHAMFERING operation and set chamfer depth. No other setting needed.
The effective tool depth is calculated considering chamfer depth and tool geometry.
Create drilling cycles for C-Axis Lathe .
Automatize functionality with C# Script engine.
You can create operations and geometry also with C# script engine.
Is possible call similar and repetitive task with just few parameter. On documentation site , several tutorial on this feature.
Add a face turning operation. If needed set the front chamfer or fillet ( with a negative value into text field)
To reduce tool vibration is necessary reverse the tool direction on vertical wall.
With ecam is enough check a simple checkbox to do so.
Define standard groove geometry inserting just some parameter.
Work safe, the profile is compensated with the admissible tool plunge angle .
Here more info.
Remove sharp corner from your part .
Define a minimium corner fillet radius. The profile will be adjusted automatically
Profile is compensated also with selected tool nose radius.
This step is needed to obtain the exact part dimension requested. More info.
This step are a fast overview to ecam logic.
for more detailed explanation , please take a look at documentation
MENU -> MILL -> NEW SETUP -> Vertical mill
In this screen you can :
Press OK when done.
Once the toolpath is generated, you can :
This is a relatively new software . Thanks to users feedback it's becoming more stable. But new bugs can be created at every release.
Every machine can interpreter the same g-code in different way.
You need to understand clearly the meaning of the generate g-code and your responsibility check the compatibilty with your machine.
Make some dry-run test before start cutting real material, check the generate g-code step by step.