Delcam will show new versions of its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, PartMaker and Delcam for SolidWorks CAM systems at the Metalex exhibition to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 16th to 19th November. PowerMILL is Delcam’s software for high-speed and five-axis machining, while FeatureCAM offers fast and easy-to-use, feature-based programming and PartMaker provides a dedicated solution for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment. Delcam for SolidWorks provides a fully-integrated CAM system for SolidWorks.
Together, these programs allow companies to program virtually all of their machine tools to cut any material quickly and efficiently, and give a high-quality surface finish. This broad coverage is one of the reasons why Delcam has been ranked as the world’s leading specialist supplier of NC software and services by US analysts CIMdata for the last eleven years.
The 2012 version of PowerMILL, Delcam’s system for high-speed and five-axis machining, includes a number of new strategies, together with more general enhancements to make programming faster and machining more efficient with the best-possible surface finish. The most important of these new options is 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 approach gives a better surface finish on the part and minimizes wear on the cutter and the machine tool.
FeatureCAM 2012, the latest version of Delcam’s feature-based programming system, includes a range of enhancements that give faster and easier programming, and produce more efficient toolpaths to give greater machine productivity. Two new strategies are available – back boring and spiral roughing. Back boring allows more parts to be completed in a single set-up, with larger bores able to be produced on the reverse side of the part. Spiral roughing can be used instead of Z-level roughing. It uses a single continuous toolpath instead of a series of levels and so gives a smoother finish with no dwell marks.
Major highlights of PartMaker 2012, Delcam’s software for turn-mill equipment, bar-fed mills and Swiss-type lathes, include a new module for the simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centers, improved simulation for the latest breed of multi-axis, turn-mill and Swiss-lathe machine architectures, more powerful surface machining strategies, and improved visualization throughout programming, as well as a host of additional productivity enhancements.
The 2012 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, the integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, includes programming of 2D wire EDM for the first time alongside the comprehensive options for the programming of turning and mill-turn equipment, drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Other enhancements include target-part comparison, the ability to compare a model of the desired final shape with the shape achieved by the programmed toolpaths; fully-automated de-burring and chamfering; and multiple-instance programming, the programming of multiple SolidWorks components in one operation.
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