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Delcam has announced that it is putting members of its development team through the Seco Technical Education Programme (STEP) to update their understanding of the latest developments in cutting tool technology.

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The knowledge gained, according to Delcam, should ensure that the CAM software the team produces reflects these developments and so gives the maximum benefit to the company’s customers.

Charles Jones, the Delcam application engineer that is co-ordinating the training with Seco, said: ‘The potential problem in all CAM software development is that the toolpaths produced by the system may be mathematically correct but may not consider other practical limitations.

‘We need to ensure that our developers have an understanding of real-world machining, as well as their programming skills, so that they can produce software that performs on the machine tool just as well as it does on the computer.’

STEP is offered as a series of modules to familiarise Seco’s customers with the latest tooling systems and metal-cutting techniques and so achieve maximum machining productivity. Courses can be designed to cover customer specific requirements, so that machine operators, manufacturing engineers, programmers and company owners can begin to understand the simplest way to choose the correct tooling and machining strategy.

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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