This release brings one new feature -- archiving of work orders -- as well as a whole host of improvements to feature selection, thread tapping workflow, toolpaths, post-processors, and general-purpose machining recipes.
- Archiving of work orders
- Touch-sensitive stock to simplify feature selection
- Improved thread tapping workflow
- Toolpath improvements
- Improved support for Heidenhain CNC controllers
- General-purpose machining recipes
Archiving of work orders
Starting from April 1, 2020, Prism supports the ability to archive work orders for a better organized, uncluttered workspace. To archive a work order, select Archive in the list of actions. To unarchive a work order, go to the section called Archived inside the work orders page, select the work order in question and tap/click Recover. This will move the work order back to the list of active work orders.
Touch-sensitive stock to simplify feature selection
Up until now, it has only been possible to select a feature by tapping on the 3D CAD model. But what if you wanted to select a through pocket? Tapping the walls of the pocket isn’t always convenient. Starting from this release, the stock has also been made touch-sensitive, so it’s now possible to tap the stock inside a through pocket to select it.
Tap in the center of the through hole to select it. Press confirm to create a cavity milling operation. (Pro tip: after confirming you can tap the hole on the other side to add it to the same operation block and mill both of them at the same time.)
Improved thread tapping workflow
The combined drilling/thread tapping operation has been split into two pages, to simplify navigation and reduce the need for scrolling. The operation block expands to reveal the two steps when selected. The operation block collapses into a more compact view when it is not selected.
A combined drilling/thread tapping operation block, expanded (left hand side) and collapsed (right hand side)
The lead-in for face milling has been extended with an extra arc, giving the tool more room to enter as a safety margin. (Only for the “Zig” cutting direction.)
Improved support for Heidenhain CNC controllers
The post-processor for Heidenhain has been improved to support both the TNC 640 and TNC 530 series of CNC controllers.
General-purpose machining recipes
This release brings some improvements to the general-purpose machining recipes: the machine power and torque limits have been adjusted upwards to allow for deeper cuts. Radial engagement has been reduced for hard materials.
The new Prism version also includes some stability and robustness updates.