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Delcam has revealed that cars with engines developed and serviced by Zytek, one of its customers, finished first, second and third in the LMP2 class of the 90th anniversary Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.

Zytek has been a Delcam customer since 2004, when the company first started using the Powermill CAM system to program its range of Mori-Seiki machine tools. Since then, the two companies have worked together to develop machining strategies for motorsport components.

The main focus for the partnership has been on the more efficient five-axis machining of inlet and exhaust ports. The results have included reductions in machining times of up to 60 per cent, together with better quality and consistency.

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  • The Oak Racing Morgan of Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Gonzalez and Martin Plowman led home the sister car of Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier, both powered by the Zytek-Nissan VK45DE.
  • Greaves Motorsport finished third with its car featuring the Zytek-Nissan engine and the Zytek Z11SN chassis.
  • The victory is the second at Le Mans for the 4.5-litre V8 engine, which has been developed and serviced by Zytek.

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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