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Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 overview - .PDF file.

The 2015 version of the Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system is now available from Delcam. The new release includes a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, drilling, turning and wire EDM to make the software even more valuable to SolidWorks users that need to manufacture their designs.

Programming of three-axis toolpaths for complex parts has been made easier and more reliable in Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both roughing and finishing operations. If a gouge is detected the toolpath can be recalculated with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away.

Removing these segments of the toolpath leaves an area of unmachined stock that will need to be removed with a longer tool. This extra toolpath is able to be calculated using a stock model of material remaining after the shorter tool has been used to ensure there is no re-machining of stock that has already been removed.

As part of this development, an additional function, called ‘maximum machine stock’, has been added that removes direct moves where clipping has occurred. These direct moves can leave witness marks on the part so their removal should improve surface finish.

Click on the link above to download the Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 overview.

Further key improvements to Delcam for SolidWorks 2015

  • Another improvement in three-axis machining with Delcam for SolidWorks 2015 allows stock models to be used in conjunction with other geometry, such as the part surface dimensions, solid models, the stock dimensions and boundary curves.
  • This gives better control over the area to be machined by each toolpath and so gives more efficient machining by allowing the user to confine toolpaths to specific regions and to eliminate air-cutting by referencing the stock model.
  • Three-axis flowline and isoline machining is now more flexible, with users able to choose to move the tool in an in-to-out direction or an out-to-in direction.
  • A new hole type ‘thread mill hole’ eliminates the need to create holes, pockets or sides, and thread features as separate items. It can be used either with holes created with the ‘hole’ feature or those that have been identified with ‘feature recognition’.
  • ‘Find feature’ command gives the ability to combine similar holes into groups on indexed parts. With previous releases, users had to have a separate feature for each hole but, in Delcam for SolidWorks 2015, holes that are similar can be recognised and then grouped together. This makes them easier to manage and edit.
  • The software is now able to produce toolpaths that rapid up and over previously machined diameters, rather than feeding along them. This reduces the overall cycle time and avoids dragging of the tool.
  • For users of wire EDM, the software provides an expanded wire-cut database to support multiple machines having varying formats and methods of operation, with the ability to specify nozzle type and fluid type as well as material type and thickness, wire type and diameter, and EDM machine. This gives more flexibility by providing the option to store and apply a greater variety of different parameters.
  • Wire EDM assemblies with multiple setups can now be output in a single program separated by Program Stops, with NC code required for a safe Program Stop formatted in a special section of the post processor. This increases programming flexibility greatly for wire EDM users, allowing them to manage their parts on the machine more safely.
  • In the 2015 version, post-variables are able to be assigned user-defined names. This allows users to see quickly exactly which post variables are configured for use with a particular post-processor and to understand their intended use. This change is particularly valuable when programmers need to understand customisations in ports that have been made by other users.

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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