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Changing to Delcam’s FeatureCAM software has helped Lion Engineering to expand its machining capacity, through increasing its productivity to match its increased capacity of £1m’s worth of Mazak machine tools.

Lion Engineering primarily manufactures components for the onshore/offshore drilling industry, producing many different types of products for down-hole drilling, as well as production equipment.

The company first moved into CAM four years ago when it increased its milling capacity and acquired a CME four-axis milling centre, but it was never completely satisfied with the CAM software or the support staff.

A £1m investment in Mazak machine tools, including an Integrex e-500 mill-turn, VTC-800 five-axis mill, VTC-300 four-axis mill and Nexus three-axis lathe with live tooling, highlighted these shortcomings even more, prompting Lion Engineering to replace its current CAM software with Delcam’s FeatureCAM.

Key benefits of product application

  • Company engineers found FeatureCAM easier to use than previous programs
  • FeatureCAM was claimed to provide the ’high-quality’ surface finish necessary for Lion Engineering’s specialist surface treatments

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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