Delcam adds mill-turn machine

Birmingham CADCAM software supplier Delcam has added a WFL mill-turn machine with a three-metre working capacity to the range of equipment in its Tooling Services Division.

This is the latest expansion of the company’s unique in-house machining facility. According to Delcam, no other global CADCAM company operates an equivalent manufacturing operation to prove out its new programs on real jobs with real deadlines.

Division director, Brian Hawkshaw, said: ‘The Tooling Services Division has always had a dual role within Delcam. While we provide a real-world testing environment for our CAM software during its development, we are also required to operate as a profitable business in our own right.

‘Until recently, we have concentrated on five-axis machining, both because that was the main focus for our PowerMILL development team and because five-axis operation increased our ability to take on more complex jobs and complete them more efficiently. The move into mill-turn has had similar motives.’

Hawkshaw said that the Delcam has received more enquiries for large-scale projects that would only be possible to undertake efficiently with a mill-turn machine.

‘We were taking orders for work even before we acquired the machine and its capacity is already booked for most of this year.

‘The Tooling Services Division also duplicated the diversification into other industries that has been seen in Delcam’s software business in recent years. The aerospace sector now provides our biggest source of work, rather than the toolmaking industry. The new WFL machine will offer us even more aerospace opportunities.’