Delcam will preview the latest version of its PartMaker software for programming turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes at the EMO World of Metalworking exhibition to be held in Hannover from 19th to 24th September. Major highlights of PartMaker 2012 include a new module for the simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centres, improved simulation for the latest breed of multi-axis, turn-mill and Swiss-lathe machine architectures, more powerful surface machining strategies, and improved visualisation throughout programming, as well as a host of additional productivity enhancements.
"PartMaker 2012 further demonstrates the accelerated pace of development PartMaker has undergone since its acquisition by Delcam five years ago,” stated PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman. "Since joining Delcam, the functionality, capability and power of the PartMaker CAM software suite have grown massively and rapidly by taking advantage of Delcam’s extensive development resources. Delcam’s world-wide team of over 225 developers is the largest in the CAM software industry. Multi-axis milling functionality that has taken Delcam many, many man years to develop is being added to PartMaker at a rapid pace and reduced cost, which provides a major benefit to the product’s end users.”
"Today, the machining algorithms in PartMaker are among the most sophisticated in the industry, offering users a great deal of power alongside the software’s hallmark ease of use, a combination simply not found in other CAM systems,” claimed Mr. Fishman.
The new simulation module for milling within PartMaker 2012, Kinematic Machine Simulation, will provide a completely new level of realism and collision detection for the simulation of parts being manufactured on vertical and horizontal machining centres. This new module will simulate the full architecture of milling machines, including work holding, rotary tables and tombstone fixtures.
Machine tool architectures have evolved greatly in the past 18 months, perhaps faster than they did in the previous five years. New multi-tasking machine tools that have come onto the market, and those that are still being introduced, are being equipped with more powerful and more sophisticated capabilities. PartMaker 2012 supports this increased functionality with improved simulation, including the simulation of the new breed of Swiss-type lathe that supports five-axis milling from a gang-slide type architecture.
These new architectures can provide end users with significantly more machining capability at less cost as they can avoid the need purchase angled attachments that are costly and difficult to set up. Such machines will also support more sophisticated five-axis machining operations than was available to users of Swiss-type equipment in the past.
PartMaker 2012 will feature a variety of new, more powerful surface machining strategies for both roughing and finishing. These new strategies will be based on the same machining algorithms as those found in PowerMILL, Delcam’s flagship CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining of complex shapes. The new strategies are presented to the user in a manner consistent with PartMaker’s industry leading ease of use.
PartMaker 2012 will also feature improved 3D toolpath visualisation throughout the programming stages, even when a solid model is not available. This improved visualisation will allow users to benefit from 3D graphics at every step of the process, even when working from a 2D drawing.
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