I've seen it running and it looked nice enough and simple to get a toolpath but I'm sure we'll have to pay a premium for it.
Not seen a job off the machine but the toolpaths looked good, looked a bit like trochoidal to me and I've only seen 2.5D examples so I don't know if its any good on 3D parts, just fancy pocket milling.
It hasn't been demo'd in the UK yet but from what I have seen it is aimed at the mould & die market. OpenMind have already responded with HyperMAXX - I had an email today inviting me to a demo next month.
I have heard that the release date for SolidCAM 2011 (which includes iMachining along with some other goodies) is January. But don't hold your breath....
Just finished making a quick video with I-machining last night. Little mini mill was running at 14900 RPM and feeding over 600 IPM in some areas. at a depth of .7" with a 3/8" tool.. part was two odd shaped islands, 6"x2.5"x1" with the islands approx 2"x1" and 1.5x.75" the rest of the material was removed.. inn well 2 min 9 seconds...
Sorry I cant post the video as it is not mine, but that one possibly and some more are sure to be on the way. Last year I had a titanum part programmed and was cutting at 145IPM at 5300 RPM, and the tool lasted for over 500 Parts. (small Part) but the previous tool patch being used took twice as long and the roughing tool (smae tool) lasted for about 300 parts. Big difference in time and cost savings on tooling.
After another post, we have decided to just upgrade, so will be getting Version 2010 and then 2011 when it releases, however this "iMachining". Is it actually going to be a add on, (basically more money) or is it something Solidcam will be including. The only thing I stated we didn't need was the 5 axis module, so hopefully it should be with it. Video's show some good stuff.
After calling Solidcam UK, i searched their website and this is is when I discovered this iMachining stuff. I would have phoned back, but the guy on the other end did seem like he was about to fall asleep any second, and he was doing all the talking !!