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Delcam has launched the 2014 release of its Delcam for Solidworks integrated CAM system, which includes the Vortex strategy for area clearance as well as a number of new options for turning, two-axis finishing and more.

Vortex has been developed specifically to gain the most efficient material removal from solid-carbide tooling and can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, for three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining.

Improvements to turning provide users with the ability to add fillets to any sharp corners, for example for automatic deburring, without having to edit the geometry, while improved support for machines with four-axis rotary tables allows two- or three-axis operations to be wrapped around the rotary axis.

Also available are strategies for finishing the bottoms of pockets and continuous spiral machining either from outside to inside or inside to outside, while toolpath editing has been added for all strategies.

Furthermore, programming in Delcam for Solidworks has been made safer with a new option to identify certain surfaces as check surfaces to be avoided. This is particularly useful for avoiding collisions with clamps and other accessories.

Key features and benefits

Vortex

  • This enables users to achieve the most efficient material removal from solid-carbide tooling.
  • It produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation.
  • Shock loading caused by changes in the contact angle is minimised, preventing chipping of the flutes.
  • The stability of the cutting conditions gives more consistent edge temperatures, thus prolonging the life of the tool coating.
  • The ability to use stepdowns of up to three times the tool diameter spreads the tool wear evenly over the cutting surface of the tool, contributing to longer tool life.

Turning options

  • The user simply has to specify the radius to be applied and all the sharp corners will be filleted automatically.
  • Turning simulation has been made more realistic with the ability to program and simulate the movements of the steady-rest.
  • Collision detection against both these types of accessory is undertaken automatically during both cutting and transfer operations.

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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