SheetCam has many useful features for plasma, laser, waterjet and oxy-fuel cutting.
For machines that have full control over the Z axis you can program the pierce height and cut height directly. This is useful for machines running Mach3 for instance. SheetCam combined witn Mach3 and a torch height controller from CandCNC for an unbeatable plasma cutting solution.
The tool definition allows you define all of the important parameters for cutting. You can define as many tools as you like for different materials etc.
- Kerf width. Draw your part the size you want and let SheetCam work out where to run the torch.
- Automatic cut ordering to ensure that inside contours are always cut before outside contours.
- Oxy-fuel preheat time.
- Pierce delay time.
- Optional ramp piercing. Instead of plunging straight in, the cutter torch can ramp in, reducing the amount of material blown back into the torch. This increases consumable life and reduces faulty cuts due to blocked or obstructed nozzles
Once you have defined you tool you can set up the cut. SheetCam gives you many options to optimise cutting.
Here is an example part. SheetCam automatically works out the holes are inside so it reverses the cut direction for these features. The holes would also be cut first. As the small holes are too small to fit a full sized lead in and lead out, the leads are reduced in size to fit. To prevent corner rounding, the corners can be looped.