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Delcam partnered with Fidia to hold an open house event on 25–26 February at Paragon D&E in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event, with the theme ‘Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Today’, saw the debut of the Fidia GTFM gantry CNC machine, the first machine from Fidia to be built in the US by Paragon, and demonstrations of Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software and its new interface with Fidia’s ViMill anti-collision technology.

The relationship between Delcam and Paragon started when the team at Paragon realised that they needed to reduce the number of CAM packages they were using in order to be more efficient on the shop floor. 

A partnership was developed with Fidia to produce a CNC machine specific to Paragon’s needs. The drive for a better, more efficient workflow led to the creation of the Fidia GTFM gantry. The machine integrates the programming process to the machining floor. The Fidia ViMill control interfaces with PowerMILL to create a real-time virtual collision checker. ViMill uses all the information produced in PowerMILL as the part is programmed to run in look-ahead mode in virtual 3D and so to detect and avoid any machine collisions.

The ViMill interface provides a link between PowerMILL and the Fidia machine tool. It simulates machining based on the CAM programs generated, and detects and avoids possible collisions or unexpected movements between the part, the tool head or the machine. It looks ahead of the machine’s motion to provide virtual milling in real time as the job progresses.

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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