Version 4 beta 2

Version 4 beta 2 is now available from our download page. It contains some minor bug fixes and a fix to the Microsoft-related issue in the previous post.

Thanks!

As we are getting close to releasing a public beta of version 4, we would like to thank our users for the great feedback. A special thanks go out to engineer Peter Schuurbiers at the CNC Instructie Buro in the Netherlands. His feedback and in-depth knowledge in CNC machining have been invaluable in making the simulator more realistic. Thanks to every one of you that has helped us make a better simulator!

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Improved tool simulation

Version 4 brings a lot of improvements to the visual aspect of the milling tools. You can now define tools with more settings to create a realistic look. Tools can be either auto-modeled, basic cylinders, or external (obj) models.

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New machines

Version 4 will bring many new machines models along with improved graphics. Textures, shadows, lighting, and reflections bring them to life thanks to our new graphics engine.

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Turbo Simulator

Version 4 introduces a new feature called Turbo Simulator. It is for those long 3D surface milling programs where simulation in the standard view takes a lot of time. It is a bare-bones simulator without fancy things like machine models, shadows, materials, etc. Its only function is to simulate as fast as possible. The picture shows a simulation of a 19,000 blocks CNC program. It took under 3 seconds to run at max speed. If you only want to see the toolpaths, you can use the improved Fast Backplotting function.

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Version 4

We are currently working on version 4 of CNC Simulator Pro. It will have a modern graphical user interface, improved graphics, many new machines, and features. Time to get excited! Stay tuned for more info on this important milestone.

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Online-help update

We have updated the online-help today to include all the new functionality in version 3.2. As usual, we ask our users to please report any mistakes or if you find that anything is missing. We are constantly trying to improve the documentation, so all feedback is greatly appreciated.

If you do not see the updates, remember to clear your browser cache.

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