Everything, Automatically.

With OPTICAM we have created a system which automates the creation of the NC program to almost 100%. However, users still have the complete flexibility to intervene in detail.


Product Manager - Melanie Staib - outlines the features and benefits (4 minutes, 35-second video).


Feature Recognition

Analysis and implementation – according to your wishes.

OPTICAM analyses the parts recognises wireable geometries and creates their machining features simultaneously. The tool paths are shown graphically and follow subsequent changes of the model immediately or can be manipulated afterwards. In the case of incorrect data, the automatic geometry recognition can be influenced by entering a tolerance. Faces or edges can also be chosen manually for the wire EDM of only specific areas or for the creation of user-defined features. Furthermore, integrated technologies and machining strategies can be assigned directly to the created machining features.

  • Direct, parametric machining on 3D faces and solid data
  • Graphical offset display by direct model linking
  • Manual feature creation
  • Using feature information
  • Undercut control
  • Maximum conicity control
Machining Functions

Recognising and assigning – for a quick solution.

OPTICAM assigns the correct machining functions automatically to the recognized features.

  • Cylindrical machining
  • Constant and variable taper, also on cylindrical parts
  • Ruled surface machining with automatic synchronization
  • Inclined machining
  • Collar machining
  • Subsequent positioning of a taper despite cylindrical construction (constant, variable or as collar machining)
  • Pocketing
  • Variable Reference Plane Height
  • Automatic threading and cutting off of the wire
  • Diagonal threading
  • Automatic positioning
  • Automatic clustering of identical geometries
  • Multi-part programming

To avoid manual interventions and machine downtimes, an efficient pocketing of the geometries without the creation of slugs is often needed. OPTICAM offers special strategies for this purpose:

  • Cylindrical and conical pocketing
  • Ruled surface pocketing *
  • Partial pocketing of geometry sections *

* These modules are optionally available.

Start-holes and Tags

The Feature Recognition places the start holes at the best possible position automatically; it is also possible to modify this position at a later time. If there are already predefined start hole geometries, the Feature Recognition takes them into account. Furthermore, type, position and number of tags can be defined automatically or manually. Thus it is also possible to create triangular and multiple tags with several start holes.


With just a few clicks the lead on and lead off strategies can be set or influenced.

  • Straight, at an angle/arc- and meander-shaped
  • Possibility to over travel the contour
  • Lead on and lead off technologies programmable
Events and Segments

Events can be placed at any position of a feature. Comments or machine instructions, e.g. M-codes, G-codes or arbitrary NC-sets can be inserted at these points. Furthermore, individual features can be split up into several segments. For each segment the number of cuts, offset values, lead on and lead off technologies or a partial pocketing can be set separately.

Corner Relief

Five types of corner reliefs allow a specific control of the tool path in sharp corners without changing the model. This is especially important in cutting tool manufacturing.

Gear Module

With the OPTICAM Gear module it is possible to create non-standard gears. Profile shifts, tip and root radii, changing the tip and root diameter and the creation of the gears via roller distances or via the mass across teeth are possible options.

The Gear module is optionally available.

Operation Strategies

Cut by cut towards the optimum – for a safe and efficient operation.

OPTICAM contains all the machining strategies which are required for the efficient and safe operation of wire EDM machines. All cuts are shown in the cuts dialog and can be changed afterwards.

  • Strategies for attended and unattended day and night operation
  • Punch strategies
  • Reverse cutting
  • Automatic cutting off of slugs
  • User defined operation strategies can be saved as template
3D Simulation

 Developing tool paths is good – control is better.

A 3D simulation with material removal was inserted to ensure a safe tool path check. Besides the offsetting, fixture plates and the machine heads are also displayed.

  • Collision- and demoldability check
  • Maximum taper angle and UV deflection check
  • Calculation of the cutting time
Technology Database

For all products and models – and for your specific requirements.

OPTICAM offers original technology databases for all common manufacturers. The user can either access the machine databases directly via interfaces, import the machine databases himself or is provided with a database which has already been converted.

  • AC CUT 20/30/200/300/400/E350/E600
  • Mitsubishi
  • Fanuc
  • Sodick
  • Makino
  • ONA
  • MSeibu/Seibu
  • Excetek
  • AccuteX
  • Joemars

Always up-to-date – for the sake of your success.

OPTICAM has been developed in cooperation with leading machine manufacturers and is being continuously adjusted to the latest functions of the wire EDM machines. High-quality postprocessors and integrated technology databases are available for all products and types of machines.

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