Nov 7, 2011

Delcam reseller Trimech to host webinars on latest in feature-based machining

Trimech Manufacturing will demonstrate FeatureCAM and Delcam for SolidWorks in webinars on November 15th.

Delcam reseller Trimech Manufacturing is to hold two webinars on the latest developments in feature-based machining on 15th November. The first webinar, to be held at 10:00 EST, will cover the 2012 release of FeatureCAM, while the second, at 14:00 EST, will feature the new version of Delcam for SolidWorks, the integrated CAM system for SolidWorks. By watching both webinars, companies will be able to compare the stand-alone and integrated approaches to CAM programming. Further details and registration forms are at www.trimechmanufacturing.com/webinars.

FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming system when it was launched in 1995. Constant improvement since then has ensured that the program has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use. The rate of development has accelerated since FeatureCAM was added to the Delcam range in 2005, in particular through the incorporation of strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining from Delcam’s flagship PowerMILL CAM system.

The FeatureCAM family now offers a comprehensive range of programs for milling, turning, wire EDM and mill-turn, all with the same easy-to-use interface style to minimise training times. The software incorporates a unique combination of feature-based and knowledge-based functionality that makes programming faster and easier than any other CAM system.

FeatureCAM 2012 includes a range of enhancements that give faster and easier programming, and that 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.

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM software. 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. 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.

Delcam for SolidWorks is fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It offers full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the toolpaths. However, this associativity is more intelligent than that offered in many other integrated CAM systems. Delcam for SolidWorks does not simply modify the existing toolpaths but also reviews the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and changes them if necessary.

The 2012 version of Delcam 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.

TriMech was created twelve years ago to provide complete mechanical engineering software solutions for the Mid-Atlantic region. Covering a territory that spans the East Coast from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, the company has provided solutions for over 1,300 customers and in excess of 4,000 users to date