A coin produced with ArtCAM by the Royal Canadian Mint – one Delcam customer that really does make money!
Delcam will demonstrate the success that its customers have enjoyed recently by featuring a selection of their work at the EASTEC exhibition to be held from 19th to 21st May in Springfield Massachusetts. Parts featured will be from highly successful companies such as Amphenol, Parlec, Glidewell Laboratories, Royal Canadian Mint and Wegner Automotive, just to name a few.
The companies come from a wide range of different industries, including automotive, medical, dental, and coin and medal manufacture. "The common link is that they all realise that they need to embrace technology if they are going to excel in this troublesome economy,” commented Delcam VP of US Sales, Maida Koller. "We want to celebrate these successes.”
As well as the various customer parts, visitors to the Delcam booth (5322) will be able to see programming demonstrations with the latest versions of Delcam’s machining software. The range consists of PowerMILL for high-speed and 2- to 5-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming for mills, lathes and complex multi-tasking and multi-axis machines, PartMaker for knowledge-based machining to automate programming of turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes, and ArtCAM for engraving and routing. Together, these programs comprise the world’s most comprehensive range of CAM software from a single suppler. This broad coverage is one of the reasons why Delcam is consistently ranked as the world’s leading specialist supplier of NC software and services by US analysts CIMdata.
The new release of PowerMILL will use the latest multi-processor technology for faster toolpath calculation. There is a full range of enhancements to the existing functionality, like improvements to 2-axis machining and new 3- to 5-axis surface finishing options. Other enhancements include tool database improvements, the ability to transform multiple toolpaths using groups, and integrated machine simulation.
FeatureCAM 2009 also incorporates enhancements across its complete range of functionality. An important focus has been increased options for more complex machines, such as multi-tasking and multi-axis machines. This will allow users to tackle more sophisticated parts than could be programmed before. Developments have also continued in the more fundamental 2 – 2.5D machining operations such as DrillMill, which automatically selects the best usage of tools, and simultaneous B-axis turning to reach difficult areas.
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.
The main emphasis within the latest release of ArtCAM has been on improved strategies for harder materials to enable more efficient and faster engraving of metal tooling. Typical applications that will benefit include the engraving of decorations, logos and lettering into moulds, the manufacture of stamping dies for coins and medals, and the production of embossing dies for cards, packaging and book covers. In addition, the machining simulations have been made much more realistic as part of a general improvement in the ability to visualize designs in a variety of materials.
Delcam also provides software for product design, tooling design, reverse engineering and inspection, providing a complete product development solution.
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