Mar 28, 2011

Delcam to highlight integrated CAM for SolidWorks at EASTEC

Delcam will show its complete range of CAM systems on Booth # 5322 at EASTEC, to be held from 17th to 19th May in Springfield, Massachusetts. The company will feature its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, Delcam for SolidWorks, alongside its more established systems like PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, and PartMaker for the programming of turn-mill machines and Swiss-type lathes.

Despite being the newest of Delcam’s CAM systems, Delcam for SolidWorks has already attracted a strong base of enthusiastic users. One example is Mike Stringer, Machine Shop Manager at Custom Product Development in Livermore, California. His comments on the program can be seen on Delcam.TV at http://www.delcam.tv/cpd.

The addition of Delcam for SolidWorks to Delcam’s broad product range extends the company’s ability to offer a CAM system to machine virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment, from simple lathes and mills through to the most complex five-axis machines and mill-turn equipment. This comprehensive coverage is one of the main reasons why Delcam has been ranked by CIMdata as the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software for the past ten years.

New versions of all of the programs will be demonstrated at EASTEC 2011, including the 2011 version of PowerMILL. This 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.