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At Mach 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham on 7–11 April, Delcam will demonstrate the 2014 version of its Partmaker CAM software for the programming of turn-mill equipment, bar-fed mills and Swiss-type lathes.

The 2014 release sees the introduction of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance into the Partmaker CAM suite.

Other enhancements include improving back-turning and 2D pocketing functionality, support for additional tool types and faster programming of lead-in and lead-out moves, and a new NC program viewer.

Delcam will be found on stand 4011.

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Key product features

Vortex

  • Vortex high-speed roughing technology controls the maximum engagement angle of the cutter in the material, such that the angle calculated for the programmed step-over is never exceeded, even in internal corners. This allows optimum cutting conditions to be maintained throughout the toolpath.
  • By controlling the maximum engagement angle and the load on the tool, Vortex can take deeper cuts than traditionally used in roughing operations. Depth of cut up to the full flute length enable maximum material removal rate from solid carbide tooling and reduce machining times by up to 70 per cent.
  • Vortex is available as a free upgrade to licensees of Partmaker’s Advanced Surface Machining (ASM) module that are on maintenance.

Partmaker 2014

  • Partmaker 2014 includes improved functionality to support the automated programming of back-turning tools. These tools are used across a variety of small-part-turning applications, particularly in Swiss machining. Back-turning tools can eliminate the need for multiple tools and so can reduce cycle times and improve surface finish.
  • Given the multiple included angles and programmable radii found on these tools, they can present toolpath calculation challenges. Partmaker 2014 overcomes these challenges with a proprietary method for automating programming with back-turning tools on both the inside and outside diameter of turned parts.
  • More powerful 2D pocketing functionality allows for more efficient and intelligent material removal from 2D pockets.
  • The raster finishing strategy in Partmaker ASM has also been enhanced, resulting in less fragmented toolpaths without overlaps when machining highly complex shapes, thus improving part surface finish. Removing overlaps also has the added benefit of reducing cycle time by preventing over-machining of parts and by minimising lifting of the tool.
  • Partmaker 2014 lets users enter lead-in and lead-out moves faster than ever before for both turning and milling operations. The lead-in and lead-out dialogues have been combined into one form where values can automatically be copied from lead-in moves to lead-out moves, or vice versa. This productivity enhancement speeds up programming, reduces mouse clicks and decreases the chance of making an error.
  • The NC program viewer function makes programming of more complex machines much easier. This allows improved analysis of the NC code generated by Partmaker to help achieve optimum productivity from the machine. It also includes functionality for automatically aligning, ‘wait’ or ‘sync’ codes for multi-channel machines.
  • By simply clicking the ‘align wait/queue commands’ button, the user can quickly see which processes are being executed simultaneously across a multi-channel CNC program and so identify opportunities for a more efficient sequence of operations. This functionality can be applied automatically to a broad spectrum of combinations of machine controls with multi-axis turn-mill machines and Swiss-type lathes.
  • Partmaker’s tool database now includes explicit selections for tapered end-mills as well as neutral turning tools and back-turning tools. Additionally, the software now automatically gives users the option to choose between a flat-bottom, bull-nose or ball-nose end-mill when creating a new end-mill. The use of back-turning tools and tapered end-mills is available as a free upgrade to maintained licensees of Partmaker’s Advanced Tools option.

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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