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Delcam France will demonstrate the latest CAM developments at the Industrie exhibition to be held in Paris from 3 March to 4 April.  

Highlights will include the latest version of the Powermill Robot system for the programming of machining with robots, the Vortex strategy for high-efficiency area clearance, the Delcam Electrode suite for the design, manufacture and inspection of electrodes and the Powerinspect inspection software.

Powermill Robot makes it as easy to program a robot for machining as it is to program a five-axis machine tool, while Delcam’s Vortex strategy, which is now included in all the company’s CAM software, enables fast and safe metal removal from solid-carbide tooling.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see Delcam Electrode — a completely integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes — as well as the Powerinspect hardware-independent inspection software. The latest version of Powerinspect offers faster programming and inspection, plus even easier-to-read reports. 

Key features and benefits

Powermill Robot

  • Powermill Robot makes it as easy to program a robot for machining as it is to program a five-axis machine tool.
  • Users have access to the comprehensive range of multi-axis machining strategies within Powermill
  • Powermill Robot can use all the system’s project management options to manage, store and retrieve data quickly and easily.
  • The resulting programs make robots extremely cost effective for machining large parts, for the production of larger items of tooling and for the trimming and drilling of panels in metal or composites.
  • Robots can also be programmed for part-to-tool applications, such as grinding or linishing.
  • The working area can be extended with linear tracks and rotary tables for even greater flexibility over the size and types of parts that can be manufactured.

Vortex strategy

  • This strategy gives the fastest safe metal removal from solid-carbide tooling, in particular designs that give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface.
  • It can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, for three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining, and offers benefits when machining all types of materials, including titanium, tool steel and alloys such as Inconel.
  • Vortex produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle and so maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the toolpath that would normally be possible only for the straight-line moves.  
  • Higher feed rates are possible so the cutting time will be shorter, while cutting will be undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and at a constant feedrate, so protecting the machine.  

Delcam Electrode

  • The .Trode file format contains all the information for each electrode project, including not only the electrode design but also the machining and inspection information, plus the setup sheets for its manufacture and use. 
  • Having all the required information in a single file simplifies data management as well as increasing overall efficiency.
  • Scripts can be output for manufacturers including Agiecharmilles (Agievision and CT Millennium controls), Makino EDM, Mitsubishi Electric, ONA EDM, OPS-Ingersoll, Sodick and Zimmer and Kreim. 
  • The scripts provide an automated process for the programming of the machine, instead of users having to program manually from a setup sheet. 
  • All the information in the .Trode file can be included in the script, including the electrode and workpiece geometry and materials; the burn locations, areas and depths; and the various under-sizes for the rougher, semi-finisher and finisher electrodes.

Powerinspect

  • This hardware-independent inspection software offers faster programming and inspection, plus even easier-to-read reports. 
  • It combines the ability to work with all types of inspection device with a comprehensive range of inspection routines for taking simple measurements, for inspection of geometric features and for analysing complex 3D surfaces. 
  • The resulting reports present detailed information in an easy-to-read format that can be understood by all engineers, not just inspection specialists.
  • Powerinspect includes a new method for the automated inspection of edges of parts and the improved display of deviations, support for a wider range of geometric features, more flexible simulation and additional dimensioning options for radial features.

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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