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SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH Presents Fully Automated Machining at the METAV 2022

SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH presents fully automated machining at the METAV 2022 May 2022 - The German software manufacturer SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH is to present the fully automatic machining of prismatic workpieces directly from 3D volume data at the METAV 2022.

The upcoming CAD/CAM software Pictures by PC Version 3.10 aims to automate the manufacturing process as far as possible in order to drastically reduce the CNC programming times of a wide range of typical parts while at the same time increasing the machining consistency. The entire production process is controlled via command sequences with the integrated, object-oriented interpreter language of Pictures by PC, but is completely transparent to the user at all times. The entire process flow is divided into a few, fully automatic steps.

Data Import

3D volume data is read in as STEP, IGES, VEC or VCZ data and checked for data integrity and ruled geometries. Workpieces with differing positioning are automatically aligned for machining.

Geometry Analysis and Technology Assignment

The geometry data is analysed and examined for planar surfaces, pockets, chamfers, holes and convex and concave fillets. The geometry elements are then assigned suitable machining strategies in the CAM, which originate from the user's proven technology definitions, but can also be edited individually. This completes the CAM work sequence.

Simulation and Testing

Before the workpiece is actually manufactured on the machine, the machining should be checked using an optical simulation. The material removal and path simulation are available for this purpose.

In the case of complex machining, the rest material check is also used to determine whether a workpiece has been completely machined.

Preparation and Production

Depending on which machine (and controller) the manufacturing will occur, the workpiece clamping, zero point and retraction planes must be selected according to the technical requirements (3- or 5-axis machine). The CAM blocks are then adjusted accordingly, the postprocessor selected and CNC program generated. It is also advisable to generate an information sheet for the workshop (graphics, zero point, tools, milling times, etc.)

As can be seen, the process of "one-click automated production" described above reduces CNC programming to an absolute minimum, generates enormous time savings and makes even the smallest job batches profitable.

Software Benefits Instead of Software Costs

With its in-house developed software solutions, SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH can look back on more than 35 years of product continuity. During this time there has been no maintenance or support costs for the software.

Visit SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH on the METAV in Hall 16, Stand D21 (Partner to IndustryArena)

Video Presentation: Fully Automated Machining <click here>


  • At 1st Mold, we make aluminum tools for plastic injection molding. We mill our complex and high-precision forms using Pictures by PC. What we particularly appreciate about Pictures by PC is the ability to program routines to automate the creation of milling programs. It should also be mentioned that all the software’s functions are accessible as source code so that they can also be easily adapted. The support is very competent and helps should questions about programming arise. Even with the software updates, you can see that SCHOTT SYSTEME GmbH takes user requests and information seriously and integrates them into the software.
    Elmar Dittrich 1st Mould GmbH
  • We work at several workstations with the CAD / CAM software Pictures by PC, mainly to undertake our machining tasks (we are a classic injection mould maker). I find the efficiency of the support / service particularly impressive. I was always helped promptly, patiently, competently and in a friendly manner. The topics dealt with went much deeper than just using the software. Suggestions for enhancements are welcomed and taken on board for future versions. We look back on a long-term cooperation with SCHOTT SYSTEME, we consider the strong customer focus of Schott as an absolute added value.
    Harald Stöss Lechner Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co. KG
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