Aug 18, 2011

Delcam offers free update days for UK users at a series of events in September and October

Delcam is to present the latest developments in its range of CADCAM software to its UK customers at a series of events in September and October. The meetings start at the Rosebowl in Hampshire on 27th September and continue at the company’s Birmingham headquarters on 28th and 29th September, at Bolton Wanderers Football Club on 4th October, at Durham Cricket Club on 5th October and at Hampden Park, Glasgow on 6th October.

"Delcam has the largest development team in the CAM industry so we always have many new features to show at these events,” claimed Delcam Marketing Manager, Peter Dickin. "We need to ensure that our customers are kept up to date with all the latest enhancements in their software so that they can maximise their productivity and profitability.”

Delegates to the meetings will have their first opportunity to see the new release of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software for product design, tooling design and reverse engineering. The 2012 version incorporates the first direct modelling capabilities, alongside many improvements to the existing combination of solid, surface and triangle modelling capabilities. The new direct modelling options are aimed principally at toolmakers that need quick and easy methods to edit imported CAD data to make it suitable for tooling design.

The most important new option to be demonstrated in PowerMILL 2012 will be flowline machining. With flowline machining, the toolpath is divided between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover. This produces a better surface finish on the part and minimises wear on the cutter and the machine tool.

Other enhancements include control of the angular point distribution during five-axis machining, new thread milling options and improved workplane editing. It has also been made easier to obtain measurements, including distances, angles and directions, from the part model and enter these values into PowerMILL forms automatically.

A number of the improvements to be shown in FeatureCAM 2012 will make the software even easier to use. A range of keyboard shortcuts have been added and toolpath editing has been made much easier.

Other improvements include further developments in the use of stock models to cover 2D features, including bosses, sides and slots, extra options within the tooling database, the ability to automatically counterbore holes before drilling, fully-automated de-burring and chamfering, the possibility to create a negative leave allowance (such as a fitting allowance) for turning or wire EDM to produce undersized features without remodelling, and much improved performance on the largest part files with hundreds of thousands of entities.

Each meeting will be completed by a presentation on the latest release of PowerINSPECT, the first version of the software for use on 64-bit computers. Other enhancements in this release include improved visualisation of the results, easier creation of automated inspection routines, full integration of DRO (Digital Read-Out) functionality and support for the latest Renishaw probes.