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Hitech Shapes and Designs has implemented Delcam’s Powermill CAM system.

Les Wright, an operator at Hitech, said: ‘Once the file is imported into Powermill, it is easy to program the machining in layers to suit the lengths of our cutters.

‘Programming in layers allows us to work more efficiently, avoiding cutting air.

‘Another of the biggest benefits to me is that Powermill provides a tool for cleaning the corners out, going from larger to smaller cutters.’ He added: ‘Powermill automatically keeps the cutter just in the areas where material remains and this prevents a lot of wasted time.’ The company said this corner-finishing function saves it 25 per cent in programming time and about the same in finish machining time, compared to its previous software.

It does not produce any sharp turns but generates arcs into, and out of, the job.

Once a prototype casting is delivered and evaluated by the customer, its design can be changed and returned to the company.

The Delcam software allows operators to overlay the 3D model from the customer and see any changes in the casting file they get back.

They can select the areas of a pattern that need to be changed, and modify the Powermill file so the machine will concentrate only on those areas.

The result is that the whole pattern-making cycle is much shorter, so Hitech can turn around a pattern about one third faster.

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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