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Pictures by PC - 3D Freeform Machining
3D Freeform Machining
Milling of freeform models (volumes, surfaces and meshes) including trochoidal high-performance milling (HPC) and high-speed finishing (HSC).

3D Freeform Machining (Roughing, Finishing)
Pictures by PC enables the 3D rough and finish machining of freeform models (solids, surfaces and meshes). Proven machining strategies are applied with a single mouse click, and altered to suit. Toolpaths can be simulated (incl. stock material, tooling and clamping components), and translated into NC code using a machine post processor. NC worksheets are created to display required tooling and cutting times.

High Speed Cutting (HSC)
High speed cutting (HSC) increases the removal rate of material by utilising higher feeds, speeds and tangential toolpath connections.Typical finishing strategies include contour orientated, spiral or hybrid machining. The later is ideal for reducing programming times, by generating toolpaths to match both steep and flat areas on the geometry within a single operation.

Topology and Rest Material Recognition
Feature recognition identifies areas of freeform 3D CAD geometry to machine (plane and tapered faces, chained radii, freeform pockets). Rest material recognition highlights areas that require re-machining after finishing operations. Automatic bounding contours contain the rest material machining. Support for multi-threading toolpath calculation ensures short calculation times of complex components on rudimentary hardware.

Mixed Models (Solids, Surfaces, Meshes)
Trochoidal High Performance Cutting (HPC)
3D Roughing (Z Constant, Lace, Plunge)
High Speed Cutting (HSC)
3D Finishing (Spiral, Hybrid, Contour Orientated)
Freiform Topology and Rest Material Recognition
Multi-Threading Toolpath Calculation
Simulation of Stock and Tooling
NC Workplan (PDF)
Post Processor Generator
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Pictures by PC - 2 and 4 Axis Wire Cutting
Pictures by PC - 2 and 4 Axis Wire Cutting
CAM software
SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH
CAM software
2 and 4 Axis Wire Cutting
2 and 4 axis wire cutting with individual setup of pre and post cuts. Automatic detection of pockets and holes.

2 and 4 Axis Wire Cutting
Pictures by PC enables the CNC wire cutting of 2D and 3D CAD geometry in a few simple steps. Proven 2 and 4 axis machining strategies (roughing, finishing, destroy cutting) are applied with a single mouse click and adjusted accordingly. The user has full control over the cutting parameters. Corner types include ISO and conic corners. Toolpaths can be simulated with the machine post processor and translated into NC code.

Manual and Automatic Wire Synchronisation
When cutting differing upper and lower contours, the software automatically synchronises the wire between the two contours (4 axis simultaneous cutting). The placement of vector direction symbols also enable the wire inclination to be manually adjusted at strategic points on the contours. The final sequence of cuts can be optimised across multiple operations, controlling the order of roughing, finishing and tag removal cuts.

Feature Recognition
Feature recognition automatically identifies areas (pocket and hole contours) that are to be cut directly from 2D and 3D CAD geometry. Additional highlights include the automatic generation of involute gears for cutting and the full integration of all CAD tools for creating, changing and repairing 2D contours and 3D solid models.

Import/Export of Neutral CAD-Formats: SAT, STEP, IGES, (STL), DXF
2 and 4 Axis Rough and Finish Cutting with Multiple Tagging Options
ISO and Conic Corner Types
Automatic Recognition of Pocket and Hole Features
Manual and Automatic Wire Synchronisation
Single Click Application of Proven Machining Strategies
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Pictures by PC - Drilling, Milling, Multi-Axis Machining
Pictures by PC - Drilling, Milling, Multi-Axis Machining
CAM software
SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH
CAM software
Drilling, Milling, Multi-Axis Machining
2.5D and 3+2 axis milling, drilling and engraving. Highlights include automatic feature recognition (pocket and hole) as well as (HPC) high performance trochoidal cutting.

2D/3D Milling, Drilling, Engraving
Pictures by PC enables the CNC milling, drilling and engraving of 2D and 3D CAD geometry within a few simple steps. Feature recognition extracts pocket and hole information directly from the CAD geometry. Proven machining strategies are applied with a single mouse click, and altered to suit. Toolpaths can be simulated (incl. stock material, tooling and clamping components), and translated into NC code using a machine post processor. NC worksheets are created to display required tooling and cutting times.

Trochoidal High Performance Cutting (HPC)
Trochoidal high performance cutting (HPC) generates spiral (helical) toolpaths that morph between differing pocket features (without tool retraction). This technique ensures constant cutter loads, enabling increased cutting depths and feeds to be used. Advantages also include less tool wear and improved surface finish. Feed rate compensation adjusts the feed rate according to the volume of material being milled. Optimal feed and speeds can be saved for differing machines and materials.

Multi Axis Machining (3+2)
Pictures by PC includes 4 axis rotary (3+1) and 5 axis (3+2) multi axis machining as standard. Feature recognition identifies pockets and holes from differing orientations. Both single or multiple (tombstone) components can be machined using a single setup. 5 axis post processors for standard controllers are included at no extra cost. 5 axis simultaneous machining is available as an additional module.

2D / 3D Milling, Drilling, Engraving
Trochoidal Milling (HPC)
Rest Material Machining
Chamfer Milling and Deburring
Drilling, Reaming, Thread Cutting
3+2 Axis Multisided Machining
Optimisation of Multiple Blocks
Automatic Pocket and Hole Recognition
Laser, Plasma and Water Cutting
Simulation of Stock and Tooling
NC Workplan (PDF)
Post Processor Generator
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Pictures by PC - Engraving and Carving up to 5 Axis
Pictures by PC - Engraving and Carving up to 5 Axis
CAM software
SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH
CAM software
Engraving and Carving up to 5 Axis
Industrial engraving of front panels, signs, moulds and jewellery. Bitmap vectorisation, 3D reliefs from grayscale photos and 3D wrapping and projection of engravings.

Vector Graphic and Typography
New artwork can be sketched using the vector graphic design tools (Bezier, Nurbs). Typesetting tools (Truetype Postscript) offer the highest level of typography (Kerning, Editing, Unicode). Vector based artwork can be imported using Adobe Illustrator (AI), Encapsulated Postscript (EPS), Window Meta Format (WMF) and Enhanced Meta Format (EMF). Black and white bitmaps (scans) can be vectorised to generate engraving contours. Grey scaled photos can be converted into 3D mesh relief models.

Engraving and Carving
Engraving involves running a tool with a constant depth of cut along the center of a contour. The tool diameter determines the width of cut. Carving requires a conical tool, and facilitates the cutting of sharp embossing stamps and imprints. To achieve this in a sharp corner of a contour, and corresponding to the conical angle of the engraving tool, a 3D toolpath is created to ensure the smallest conical radius is maintained at the top contour, leaving a "sharp" corner. Carving facilitates the production of both raised and indented stamps.

3D Projection and 3D Wrapping
2D engraving and carving strategies can be projected onto 3D solid, surface or mesh models. Toolpaths can also be wrapped around cylindrical, spherical or conical forms (simple curved surfaces). For more complex shapes (jewellery and woodworking) the simple curved toolpaths can be wrapped a second time around additional cylindrical, spherical or conical forms (double curvature surfaces). The resulting tool paths can be machined up to 5 axis simultaneously.

Standalone Vector Graphic CAD (Bezier, Nurbs)
Import/Export of Vector Graphics (AI, EPS, WMF, EMF, DXF)
Bitmap Vectorisation (B/W Photos, Scans), Curve Smoothing
3D Reliefs from Greyscale Photos
Typography (Postscript, Truetype, Kerning, Unicode)
3D Projection and 3D Wrapping
Engraving and Carving up to 5 Axis
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Pictures by PC - Simultaneous Milling, Trimming, Engraving
Pictures by PC - Simultaneous Milling, Trimming, Engraving
CAM software
SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH
CAM software
Simultaneous Milling, Trimming, Engraving
4 and 5 axis simultaneous roughing and finishing. Simultaneous milling of undercut regions with collision control (tool, holder, machine head, clamping components).

5 Axis Simultaneous Contouring
Formed work pieces (e.g. thermoforming moulds) can be trimmed using a contour and tool inclination vectors. Chamfers on freeform components are produced by passing a tool along a 3D contour while remaining perpendicular to the chamfer surface. Tapered surfaces are generally swarf cut, whereby the side face of the tool machines along the tapered faces, guided by a contour (with an optional depth increment). Engraving and carving toolpaths either projected or wrapped around cylindrical, spherical or conical faces (also with double curvature) can also be 5 axis simultaneously machined.

5 Axis Simultaneous Finishing
Steep side faces (including undercuts) can be machined with a lateral tool orientation and a shorter tool cutting length using Z constant finishing. Flatter swept freeform areas are generally machined using contour orientated finishing defined by numerous guide curves. By setting a maximum lateral tool inclination, small radii at the bottom of pockets can be rest material finished. Additional strategies include 4 axis cylindrical finishing, lace (parallel) cutting and slot machining (roughing and finishing).

Interactive Tool Orientation Control
With the help of vector direction symbols, the tool inclination can be manually adjusted from being that of the surface normal direction, which is especially useful in critically tight work spaces (e.g. between impeller blades). The tool orientation is continuously interpolated through any number of vector direction symbols along a contour. This method is also very helpful for faceted freeform bodies (e.g. STL meshes), in order to suppress excessive tool movements.

4 Axis Rotary Roughing
4 Axis Simultaneous Finishing (Axial, Spiral)
5 Axis Simultaneous Contouring (Trimming, Chamfering, Swarf, Engraving)
5 Axis Simultaneous Finishing (Z-Constant, Lace, Spiral, Contour Orientated)
5 Axis Simultaneous Slot Machining (Roughing, Finishing)
5 Axis Simultaneous Undercut Milling
Tool Tilting Control (Forward and Lateral Inclination Angles)
Collision Checking (Tool, Holder, Machine Head, Clamping Parts)
5 Axis Rest Material (Recognition and Simultaneous Machining)
Manual Control of the Tool Inclination at Critical Tight Areas
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Pictures by PC - Turning and Turn/Mill
Pictures by PC - Turning and Turn/Mill
CAM software
SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH
CAM software
Turning and Turn/Mill
Roughing and finishing of turn profiles (facing, grooving, threading and drilling). Full support for C-axis, Y-axis and B-axis milling and drilling.

2-Axis Turning
Pictures by PC enables the 2 axis turning of CAD geometry. With just a few mouse clicks, proven machining strategies (roughing, finishing, grooving, threading, parting off and drilling) can be transferred to new turned parts. Toolpaths can be simulated (incl. stock material and clamping tooling) and translated into NC code using control-specific post processors.

Multi-Axis Turn/Mill *
Turning with multi-axis and/or multi-spindle (C, Y and B axes). The turning and milling operations are located within a single, integrated user interface. This single programming environment enables the simulation and NC program generation of the combined milling, drilling and turning operations.
* requires the 5 axis simultaneous module

Feature Recognition and Live Stock Update
Feature recognition automatically identifies areas (pockets, turning contours and holes) that are to be cut directly from 2D and 3D CAD geometry. Live stock calculation updates stock material after each turning operation. This ensures that subsequent toolpaths are only calculated in areas that require further machining.

Turning with Roughing, Finishing, Grooving
Threading and Drilling
C-Axis, Y-Axis and B-Axis Milling and Drilling
Automatic Update of Stock Material
Feature Recognition of Millling and Drilling Features
Turning and Milling Operations within a Single Simulation
Generation of Turning and Milling Operations within a Single NC Program
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