SprutCAM 8 for PCNC is now available

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SprutCAM 8 for PCNC is now available for purchase or upgrade on our e-store. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering upgrading (FAQ).

So what’s new?
SprutCAM 8 replaces SprutCAM 7, which had initial release in Fall 2010.  For PCNC owners, here are the new feature highlights for 3-axis and 4-axis milling in SprutCAM 8:

  1. SprutCAM 8 is 64-bit. 64 bit computing is advantageous for graphic intensive applications like CAD/CAM because it can perform much much larger and more complex data calculations in RAM, whereas 32-bit applications would need to continually store and recall intermediate calculations temporarily on your hard drive because of their inherent 4GB RAM limit.  SprutCAM 8 takes advantage of 64-bit potential with redesigned tool path algorithms that are optimized for multi-core CPUs.  You’ll notice the difference in calculation speed if you work with long complex 3D tool paths like those found in surfacing or mold making applications.
  2. SprutCAM 8 has a simpler, redesigned interface. There’s a new quick-start menu that displays on initial load that is designed to help you quickly find and load files, and there is also a new streamlined tool panel. Its not a major departure from SprutCAM 7, but you’ll notice the organizational improvements help you quickly accessing the most common SprutCAM functions.
  3. SprutCAM 8 supports STEP import. STEP files can be directly imported into SprutCAM 8 via an open-source translator.  With the addition of STEP, SprutCAM 8 now supports import of over 20 different CAD formats, including direct import of IGS, STL, VRML, STP; as well as native files from Alibre, Solidworks, Inventor, Rhino, SpaceClaim, and more.
  4. SprutCAM 8 has a new model definition for Cast/Forged Workpiece. With SprutCAM 8, there is no longer any need to import a separate solid model of a casting/forging as with previous versions- SprutCAM 8 can automatically create a casting/forging model based on part geometry and a stock allowance.
  5. SprutCAM 8 has enhanced Collision Detection. Several simulation enhancements have been made, including a very useful Collision/Gouge Detection feature for debugging tool paths. During toolpath simulation, SprutCAM 8 will detect potential collisions and gouges with visual indication of the colliding surfaces and the program line that caused the issue.
  6. SprutCAM 8 has advanced Lead-in/ Lead-out customization for 2D Contouring. With SprutCAM 8, there are now several options for drag-and-drop design of lead-ins and lead-outs, allowing for easy and intuitive custom tool path design and path control on critical or complicated entries and exits.
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We’ll be putting together some new tutorial videos to introduce the new features in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Who should upgrade?
Upgrading isn’t mandatory, but PCNC Owners should consider upgrading if:

  1. You are a Power SprutCAM User. After Nov., we will stop supporting SprutCAM 7 and no further hot fixes, software patches, or post processor changes will be made available for SprutCAM 7. You’ll need to upgrade to SprutCAM 8 to address any problems that require these fixes.
  2. You work with complex 3D models (500+ Surfaces) or long codes (1M+ lines). SprutCAM 8 is a 64 bit application and contains new toolpath algorithms that support multi-core processing and enhanced memory usage to speed up the complex calculations needed for these types of models.
  3. You use complicated fixturing. SprutCAM 8 has a number of new enhancements to the simulation environment, including advanced collision detection for debugging problems and also new improvements to lead-in/lead-out design.
  4. You want .STP Import Support. SprutCAM 8 now supports direct .STP file import via interface with the open source FreeCAD project.
  5. You want to remain current with Support. Customers under SprutCAM support contracts that wish to maintain those contracts after Nov. 30, 2012 will need to upgrade to SprutCAM 8.

Ready to Upgrade? Order SprutCAM 8 for PCNC here.

Other Upgrade FAQS:

Do I Need to Upgrade?
No, your current SprutCAM7 for PCNC license will continue to work as is. However, Tormach will stop technical support for SprutCAM7 after Nov 30, 2012.

How much does the Upgrade Cost?
If you purchased SprutCAM 7 prior to Nov 6, 2011 (based on invoice date), the cost to upgrade is $520 USD*. Upgrades for purchases after that date are pro-rated – you’ll need to request a quotation from Tormach Sales. Minimum upgrade cost for all users is $50.

I just purchased SprutCAM7 for PCNC. Why the $50 upgrade fee?
There is a small upgrade charge for all purchases, regardless of purchase date. This is a necessary cost resulting from the implementation of a new anti-piracy security dongle system in SprutCAM 8. For those customers who purchased SprutCAM 7 within the upgrade grace period, you’ll pay no more than if you had waited to purchase SprutCAM 8.

Do I need to return my old SprutCAM 7 dongle when I upgrade?
Yes. Your account will remain with an open invoice until we receive the old dongle. If we do not receive the old dongle within 90 days, you will be invoiced for the full purchase price of SprutCAM8. For international customers, sufficient proof must be submitted of the destroyed dongle.

I don’t own a Tormach PCNC Mill but wish to purchase SprutCAM8 or upgrade from SprutCAM7 or SprutCAM 2007. How much will it cost?
These requests are handled by quote. Ask us at info@sprutcamamerica.com

Other Questions?
Send them to info@tormach.com

*Price for Tormach post only. For “All Post” pricing please request a quote

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad

One thought on “SprutCAM 8 for PCNC is now available

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    11/08/2012 at 1:33 pm

    This sounds like a worthwhile upgrade.

    Does the upgrade from 7 to 8 include an additional year of support from SprutCAMAmerica?

    Wil SC7 continue to work with the new dongle? Sometimes it is useful to temporarily revert to an old version in the event of “anomalies”.


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