Conversion of CAM Data for NC/CNC
The software that converts CAD/CAM data to
specific machine tool commands is called a postprocessor. While this name
was indicative of the old style language programming systems of thirty years
past and their sequential method of operations, the importance of accurate
production of machine control data remains just as important to the
productivity of NC/CNC equipment in today's factory as it did when the term,
postprocessor, was first created. Why are post processors important to your
- Incorrect NC data can scrap parts,
damage equipment and injure personnel.
- Inaccurate NC data can lower part
quality and lessen cutting tool life.
- Manual corrections to NC data made on
the shop floor are time consuming, decrease equipment productivity and
introduce human errors into what should be an automatic process.
- Developing and testing postprocessors
within your own firm can be time consuming and costly.
Since the early history of NC equipment,
the staff at Software Magic, Inc. has been working with manufacturing
firms worldwide to determine equipment specifications and develop customized
postprocessing solutions. For over twenty five years, our trained engineers
have supplied thousands of customized solutions in support of milling
machines, machining centers (5 axes and up, all combinations of linear and
rotary axes), lathes (2 to 4 axes), merging lathes(4 to 7 axes), turning
centers, hybrid machines of all types, lasers and flame cutters (2 to 5
axes), Wire EDM (2 to 5 axes), punch presses (with lasers), etc. Each custom
postprocessor is guaranteed to provide edit-free output, optimized machine
tool performance and meet your specific machine control data requirements.
Development of your custom postprocessor is done through IntelliPost.
This fifth generation tool, assures that your investment remains protected
over time. Should you require changes, upgrade your CAM system hardware, or
even change CAD/CAM systems, your custom postprocessor can be easily updated
When should you consider using customized
- When you have no time to develop a high
- If you have only a few NC/CNC machine
tools. Here is where taking time out of your activities to train
yourself, develop and maintain postprocessors may very well be more
costly than using outside services.
- When your existing machine tools or new
machine tool are particularly difficult to program. Multiple axes,
special attachments and features, etc. all require considerable
experience when it comes to postprocessors. For these machines, a
quality postprocessor means more productivity.
Why consider Software Magic, Inc.?
- SMI has over twenty five years of
experience supporting a large, diverse and prestigious worldwide
customer base. Over 5,000 firms have used our postprocessor products and
- IntelliPost provides unparalleled
hardware portability. SMI can supply postprocessors for mainframe
computers, virtually any workstation in wide use today and for use with
Windows and DOS applications. If you ever change or upgrade your
computer hardware, SMI can easily transfer your proven custom
- SMI assures you of edit free
machine control output. Each custom postprocessor is developed
specifically to meet your company's and machine's specifications.
- Upgrading your CAD or CAM system? SMI
can provide custom postprocessors for over 30 different CAD and CAM
products. Once you have established your postprocessor library from SMI,
you will never have to re-purchase or change postprocessors again. SMI's
optional services include assisting firms using IntelliPost or SMI's
custom postprocessors in conversion of CAD/CAM systems.
- Optional probing cycles, special CNC
subroutines, or any other unique requirement is no problem for our
experienced staff. SMI's goal is to provide you optimum output
minimizing machine cycle time and tape/data length.
- Need to make your own changes in a
customized postprocessor? No problem with SMI's products. Each
custom solution is created using IntelliPost. Any licensed user
of IntelliPost can modify a custom postprocessor themselves.
Each custom postprocessor is provided with
a 120 day warranty. This warranty includes SMI's commitment to
correct any reported discrepancies in operation that are contrary to either
your firm's written requirements or machine/control specifications supplied
at time of order. Extended maintenance and support, including technical
updates are also available.
Installation, training and service are all
part of the SMI tradition. Custom post processors are supplied with
self installing utilities and/or documentation. A full compliment of
regularly scheduled training classes are available for those interested in
learning more about IntelliPost.
Other available services include on-site
consultation, advanced training seminars, and assistance in developing your
custom post processors on-site.
Please give us a call today and see the
difference SMI can make in the performance of your own equipment.