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ONGAA CAM Generates MRPs in Inches

INCHES for Operators

Although the ‘underlying’ Units of measure of both SOLIDWORKS and WoodWOP are metric, this does not help operators accustomed to units in Inches.

Since one of the 4 ‘Guiding Mandates’ of ONGAA CAM is ‘ allow the operator to perform all operations as before’, we felt we should do something about this.

As of version 1.3.34, ONGAA CAM generates WoodWOP programs in Inches.  This is independent of the Units of Measure of the model or programming units.  Simply turn the option ON and ONGAA CAM creates the MPR with the WoodWOP Inch indicator ON and values in inches.  All ‘geometric measures’ are converted to Inches as the MPR is generated.  This includes all X,Y,Z locations, distances, radii and depths.

It should be noted that, at this time, programming in ONGAA CAM is still in metric (expected and displayed).  This ensures that all programs (old and new) will … Read the rest

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Special Offer

DVD_H_picture25% off the License cost of ONGAA CAM BASIC – (3-axis).  on orders placed between September 17, 2018 and October 31, 2018

ONGAA CAM provides one of the fastest (and accurate) way to program you HOMAG or BIESSE CNC machine directly from SOLIDWORKS.  No more LAYERS and DXF conversions.  No more editing programs in WoodWOP or Biesseworks/bSolid to ‘finish up’ the programs. All required process options are available while you work in SOLIDWORKS including tool selection, tool compensations, clearances and approach modes.

Make all your programs parametric with NO PROGRAMMING in WoodWOP or Biesseworks/bSolid! Works with parts or assemblies, resize them and generate new programs with ‘One-Click’.

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Options available for ONGAA CAM include Nesting, Edge Banding (Homag) and Networked License Manager.  ONGAA CAM Complete provides processes that use both A and C axis.

 

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Saw Processes – Selection Options


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OVERVIEW

 

vsaw_sel1vsaw_details1The saw process toolpath selection always starts with a vertes (point) to define the start X & Y. In addition to the start ONGAA CAM expects one or more additional selection to define a direction AND a depth.  Basically, Start Here, go along here and this deep.

In this example, the dot represents the start point (Start Here), the top line provides the direction and end point ( Along here) and the lower line provides the depth (this deep).

When the final model no longer has continuous edges which can be selected as in this example, adding any addition edges or point will extend the cut to include the extra selections.

As with all ONGAA CAM defined processes, all WoodWOP options are available.   This includes groove width and %tool overlap (% of tool width used for each new pass.

 

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Route Processes – Selection Options


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OVERVIEW

 

vroute_details2Unlike WoodWOP, where contours and routing process are added in 2 separate steps, ONGAA CAM combines the process definition and the contour definition in the same panel.  This ensures that the information entered in the details is always directly related to this process only. In this section we will cover the route processes selection options (toolpath definition).

Contours generally start with the selection of a Vertex (start point).  After the start point is selected, it can be followed with one or more points or edges.

When edges are selected, the edge must be connected to the previous point (or edge).  ONGAA CAM will check for this connectivity when saving as a safety feature to ensure that contour elements are selected in the correct order.

 

 

 

selectloop1SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to select closed contours by using the ‘Select Loop’ option.

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Features – Machining Processes

ONGAA CAM currently supports the following MPR / BPP processes.

  • Comments ( Console / Operator Messages )
  • Graphical Comment (Console / Operator overlays )
  • Drill holes ( vertical, horizontal, universal )
  • Saw ( vertical, horizontal, angled)
  • Route ( vertical, horizontal, polygon, universal )
  • Pocket ( vertical, horizontal, universal, polygon)
  • Vacuum cups placement ( initial auto placement ) – Homag
  • NC-Stop ( part can be flipped in mid program )
  • Edge banding Macro (band, trim, snip, corner round) – Homag
  • Work Piece Definition ( size, scrap, starting orientation, grain orientation)
  • Component Macros
  • Quick Macros ( pre-saved version of any maco type)
  • Automatic perimeter Route
  • Technology Macros – Homag

ONGAA CAM also provides the following time saving features:

  • Stock Dimensions from model
  • Spline selections (auto spline)
  • Hole Wizard selections (auto arrays)
  • Linear Pattern selection (rows of holes)
  • point and click geometry selection
  • Tool path geometry directly from model
  • Synchronized tool database with
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Time study shows 62% time savings with ONGAA CAM

A recent time study conducted at Windowcraft Industries has show that using Solidworks and ONGAA CAM has produced time savings of 62% in programming and 46% in designing over the traditional AutoCAD and WoodWOP method.

The study was conducted as an overall evaluation of a multi phase process improvement initiative launched 4 years earlier and which has had many phases.

In addition to the significant time saving, the report also sited other benefits:

Implementation of ONGAA CAM has allowed Windowcraft to essentially eliminate the need for dedicated WoodWOP programmer skills. Instead, the application of machining processes to the Solidworks model is accomplished by the Solidworks modeler at the time of design. Without the need to learn a new program interface and the ease of applying machining processes within ONGAA CAM, the learning curve for our draftsman was extremely short.

With ONGAA CAM’s machine origin selection feature, throughput for machine time

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Whats New in ONGAA CAM

New User Features

 

Since ONGAA CAM was first introduced the design team have been working hard to incorporate new features requested by our users.  Here we try to highlight whats new in ONGAA CAM’s recent releases.


ONGAA CAM Biesse – Generate CIX files as well as BPP

To improve the compatibility of ONGAA CAM and bSolid ONGAA CAM move produces both CIX and BPP files for programming Biesse CNC machines.

ONGAA CAM Biesse – Gets Repetition Functions.

In ONGAA CAM for Biesse, the repetition functionality has been enabled for V Drill, V Route, V Pocket and Poly Pocket.  This is one more time saving feature when programming symmetrical repeating processes.  Each function has the number of repeats and the delta X and delta Y to offset by.

Edgebanding information can be added to the Material definition for better production integration.

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Catch the Wave – Wave Board MPR for Homag / Weeke CNCs

 

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Decorative panels in millwork are not new but they can be expensive.  Sometimes the quantity required just does not justify the cost and time to order it.

If you have  ordered and used some (and also have a Homag/Weeke CNC machine) you have looked at it carefully and said I could make that if I had enough time or the right software.

Well the right software is now available.   WaveGenerator, by ONG Solutions,  creates ready to machine MPR files to create waveboards.  Since the MPRs are 100% WoodWOP compliant all options are available to the operator.  The application is standalone and requires no additional software.

So why should you make your own?  Here are just some of the reasons.

  • Cost:  At $600 a sheet purchased vs.   a 4 X 8 sheet of standard material machined in 17 minutes.
  • On Demand: Final materials are not never held up in
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Interference Nesting with ONGAA CAM

 

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Automatic Nesting

Several automatic nesting strategies are available in ONGAA CAM which provide a quick and easy way to nest rectangular parts across many sheets of material (directly from SOLIDWORKS).   ONGAA CAM optimizes the nest to both maximize material usage as well as minimize tool changes.

But not all part are created equally.  Automated nesting assumes the required material is as defined in the work piece definition of WoodWOP.   Odd shapes would waste both material and time.

 

Manual Nesting – ‘Nudging’

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With the latest version on ONGAA CAM, manual nesting or ‘Nudging’ is now available.

Parts can now be selected, moved between sheets, moved on a sheet as well as rotated using intuitive button controls or keystrokes.

 

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Unlike some other nesting solutions, ONGAA CAM goes not produce one continuous toolpath / process.

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Programs for all positions – regardless of X, Y or XY mirroring

All_positionsWhether you routinely make ‘left hand’ and ‘right hand’ parts or you use all ‘origins’ to make the same part, programming for a mirrored position in WoodWOP requires extra time (and care).  ONGAA CAM allows programming for any mirror position with only one selection.

To achieve ‘handed’ manufacturing, the program, designed for the #1 position, will generate a ‘Normal program’ and a ‘Mirror in X program’.  Although contour geometry is ‘mirrored’, routing strategies will be altered from climb routing to conventional.  ONGAA CAM provides a special features to overcome to need to think is reverse.  “Mirror Copy” will copy the process, with all the options and definitions, but reverse both the contour direction and the tool compensation.  Combined with the mirroring WoodWOP variables, each routing process can be turned on of off, by WoodWOP, depending on the position it is NC-GEN’ed for.

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