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Feb 16, 2011

Delcam for SolidWorks will be shown in China for the first time at CIMT

Delcam will demonstrate its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, Delcam for SolidWorks, in China for the first time at the China International Machine Tool show to be held in Beijing from 6th to 11th April. Delcam will also display its full range of machining and inspection software, including PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based production machining, and PartMaker for programming turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes, plus the CMM and On-Machine Verification versions of PowerINSPECT.

Delcam for SolidWorks, which was recently granted Gold Product status by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp, includes comprehensive options for the programming of turning and mill-turn equipment, alongside the company’s industry-leading technology for drilling and two- through five-axis milling. This broad range of strategies allows users to program everything from lathes up to mill-turn equipment, more quickly, more reliably and more easily than with other integrated CAM systems.

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 35,000 customers around the world. The software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials. At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes that system so consistent and reliable.

The latest release of Delcam for SolidWorks benefits from all of Delcam’s recent developments to take advantage of the latest hardware, including support for 64-bit computers. 64-bit technology removes the memory limitations of 32-bit computers so allowing more efficient toolpath generation, especially for companies machining large or complex parts. The use of the latest multi-threading technologies has been extended to further increase user productivity. In addition, improved memory management within the software gives faster calculation times, with the greatest benefits again coming when programming larger or more complex components.

The 2011 version of PowerMILL makes the programming of safe toolpaths easier than ever thanks to new stock-model-engagement options that protect both the cutting tool and the machine from excessive loading. Other enhancements include new editing capabilities to simplify the machining of duplicate items; more versatile control of feed-rates for leads and links; and extra functionality for sketching, plus the completion of the move to the new clearer forms for the complete range of strategies.

FeatureCAM 2011 incorporates support for 64-bit computers, improved data exchange from a wider range of design software, the ability to use stock models and new strategies across the complete program, from turning to five-axis machining. The new release also has a more modern interface to make programming easier than ever.

Major highlights of PartMaker 2011 include more powerful milling functionality, a more flexible tooling library, improved programming and simulation of bar-fed mills, more detailed mid-process documentation and a host of additional productivity enhancements. In particular, multi-axis milling functionality that has taken Delcam many man-years to develop continues to be added to PartMaker at a rapid pace.