Minneapolis, Minn – Third Wave Systems’ newest version of AdvantEdge is available now. While the latest v7.6 will provide several additional features to AdvantEdge users, the major highlights of the release are: 


1. User-Defined Kinematics to Model Complex Non-Standard Processes

User-Defined Kinematics allows users to model complex and novel processes like spin tool turning, power skiving, thread whirling, bar peeling, and many, many more. Given the complex kinematics of processes, like power skiving, it is nearly impossible to experimentally measure even the forces experienced by the tool and the workpiece. The ability to model such processes using AdvantEdge becomes more critical to uncover new designs and process parameters.

Modeling Power Skiving using User-Defined Kinematics


Using the User-Defined Kinematics feature, users can assign a rotational and translational motion to both the tool and the workpiece, unlike in the standard processes where AdvantEdge does this automatically. File management has also been simplified. The users now have an option to import a single STEP file for both the tool and the workpiece.

User-Defined cutting edges and flute identification features remove previous constraints on the tool orientation. These features have also been made available for certain standard 3D processes such as milling, drilling, boring etc.


2. Improved STEP file Meshing for Modeling High Efficiency Machining

Using STEP models for modeling High Efficiency Machining allows the user to reduce cutting tests, evaluate more designs and speed up time-to-market. These processes are characterized by high axial depth and low radial engagement resulting in small chip loads. Improvements have been made to the STEP tool meshing algorithm to enable detailed analysis of High Efficiency Machining processes.

High Efficiency Machining Chip Formation


3. Total Simulation Time Reduced with Refined Edge Positioning

Refined edge positioning allows the user to achieve meaningful results with a shorter length of cut. This update positions the refined cutting edge at the start of Boolean and eliminates the need for applying refinement on other cutting edges. Selective edge refinement significantly reduces the number of elements required in the tool mesh. Users can now study the effect of variable pitch or chip breaker on a flute with shorter simulation runs. The feature is made available for solid and indexable milling tools with side cutting, corner cutting and full slot processes.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the new v7.6 features, email us at sales@thirdwavesys.com.