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Delcam’s Powermill CAM software for high-speed and five-axis machining is being used by Chas A Blatchford and Sons, a provider of rehabilitation products and services, to manufacture lower-limb prosthetics.

In an effort to meet changing demands, Blatchford has over the past five years invested in five-axis Matsuura machine tools, all of which are programmed with two seats of Powermill.

The machines and software are used for the direct machining of metal components and for the production of tooling for parts moulded from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics and silicone.

Key benefits of product application

  • According to senior manufacturing engineer Ian Keeley, Powermill’s tooling database successfully manages the complexity associated with the many different tools needed for the parts.
  • He added that the company has established databases for each machine, each containing around 240 tools with the associated feed and speeds; tools can be dragged and dropped between the machines and details can be quickly added for any new tools that might be required.
  • Using these databases saves programming time when Blatchford is producing initial samples, and it is easy to edit the toolpaths to optimise feeds and speeds if the company moves to a longer run, said Keeley.
  • Powermill is improving productivity and reliability at Blatchford and is said to be extremely versatile, enabling efficient machining and ensuring an excellent surface finish.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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