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Delcam will launch the 2013 version of Delcam for Solidworks, its integrated CAM system for Solidworks, at the IMTS exhibition in Chicago on 10–14 September.

According to the company, the latest release of the software includes an entry-level 3D milling option along with many of the enhancements made to the 2013 version of the FeatureCAM feature-based programming system on which it is based.

The entry-level 3D option includes all the 2D and 2.5D strategies available in Delcam for Solidworks, plus the 3D single-surface strategies for Z-level roughing, with either offset or raster, and finishing with raster, isoline or spiral.

It is intended mainly as an introductory level program for companies new to 3D machining but will also be useful for users that only have an occasional need for 3D capabilities or that only machine softer materials.

Key enhancements

  • A number of strategies have been added to the software’s high-speed machining module.
  • Step cutting has been added within area clearance to remove large terraces that can be left on the part when using deeper roughing cuts.
  • Extra toolpaths can now be generated that step back up the terrace with the existing large tool, adding extra cuts at intermediate levels; this results in more material being removed, using the same tool within the same toolpath.
  • Automatic splitting of finishing between steep and shallow areas of the part has been enhanced with the ability to use the scallop height to control the step-over.
  • Both roughing and finishing strategies now incorporate an area filter to remove small enclosed pockets within the part from the toolpath.
  • Delcam for Solidworks now includes the option of using bottom-up machining for Z-level finishing as well as the conventional top-down approach.
  • New five-axis strategies include flowline machining between two curves, pencil machining and corner re-machining.
  • New options have been added to ensure smoother five-axis machining.
  • A look-ahead capability will remove any sudden tool-axis changes during automatic collision avoidance and, instead, ensure that a smooth transition takes place.
  • The ability to smooth the Azimuth and Elevation axes independently is now available, allowing excessive five-axis movement to be removed.
  • Enhancements have also been made to the turning and mill-turn modules; in particular, support is now available for simultaneous B-axis turning for more complex turning operations.

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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