Dec 19, 2008

Delcam India to celebrate record year with new product launches at IMTEX

Delcam India will launch new versions across the complete range of its machining software at the IMTEX exhibition to be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre from 22nd to 28th January. The company will also be celebrating record sales during 2008, which has seen revenue from software sales and maintenance contracts increase by almost 50%.

The complete range of Delcam machining software comprises PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment, and ArtCAM for engraving and routing. Together, these programs comprise the world’s most comprehensive range of CAM software from a single suppler. This means that Delcam can provide larger companies with a single source for all of their CAM programming needs. At the same time, the broad coverage means that Delcam can also supply smaller companies with exactly the software they need, rather than a compromise solution from a more limited choice.

The new release of Delcam’s award-winning PowerMILL CAM software offers a more complete solution for complex machining operations, together with more control for experienced machinists that know exactly how they wish to machine a particular part. The program also incorporates a number of improvements to reduce calculation times, together with some simplification of the user interface that makes it easier to select the required command and so makes programming faster. In addition, toolpath ordering has been made more efficient, especially for roughing and rest machining, so ensuring that the cutter spends more time machining and minimal time making air moves.

FeatureCAM 2009 incorporates enhancements across its complete range of functionality, reflecting the increased investment in product development following Delcam’s acquisition of the software in 2005. An important focus has been increased options for more complex machines, such as mill-turn equipment, and four- and five-axis mills. This allows users to tackle more sophisticated parts than could be programmed before. Developments have also continued to increase the efficiency of the more fundamental machining operations, including turning, and two- and three-axis milling.

Major highlights of the new release of PartMaker include a revamped and more productive user-interface, improved capabilities for programming directly on solid models and more realistic machine simulation for the increasingly-complex machine architectures of today’s multi-axis turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes. The enhanced user interface will make PartMaker users even more productive in programming their CNC equipment, while offering new users an even easier to learn, more capable CNC programming platform.

Improvements across the ArtCAM family of software include new sculpting and embossing tools in the Pro and JewelSmith versions. On the machining side, the main emphasis has been on improved strategies for harder materials to enable more efficient and faster engraving of metal tooling. Other enhancements across the complete ArtCAM range include the ability to export designs in the 3D pdf format used by the Adobe Acrobat reader, auto-recovery of data, for example if there is a power failure to the computer, and much more realistic simulation of machining in a variety of materials.

Delcam India was founded in 2000 with a single branch office. The company is now based in a new £0.5 million, 12,000 square feet office building in Pune. It also operates offices in India’s main industrial centres, including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Nashik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Gurgaon and Ludhiana.

Delcam India has about 70 employees and more than 1,000 customers including automotive majors Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Force Motors, Hyundai India, General Motors India and Maruti Udyog, component suppliers Amtek Group, Varroc and Anurang, the Footwear Design and Development Institute, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the National Aerospace Laboratories, as well as leading toolmakers such as Godrej, CTM India and ASB International.