I take it that stock model management is going to grow into more of the job types? Will it be in all of them?
There are a few ways to look at Stock Model Management.
It is currently an input to the arbitrary stock roughing routine. Enter as input a milling area and a starting stock condition, tolerances etc etc, and create toolpaths. A resulting stock can be calculated from within the cycle (check box).
Alternatively, after any cycle, you can go to the browser, right-click, utilities, Generate Stock Model. Two file formats are allowed (stl and vis). VIS is a bit more efficient. Both can be used in hyperVIEW. Be careful that a stock model file resulting from a finish operation can be quite large.
Yes, more cycles will utilize stock model. The 3D rework (Expert bundle) and 5x rework cycle can use a stock as a boundary to trim toolpaths.
And the forthcoming mill-turn cycles will also have stock model capability.