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During Hermle Open House 2013, Delcam milled a version of its mascot, a 0.5m-high spider complete with legs and antennae. The model was milled on a five-axis Hermle C50U, equipped with rotary table and Heidenhain iTNC530 control, from a 145mm-thick, 700mm-diameter aluminium disc.

The main challenge in the project lay in machining the model’s extremely delicate nature despite its considerable size. The finished model of Boris the Spider weighed around 2kg.  

According to the company, in order to prevent any deformation of the workpiece, it was necessary to avoid both any overly high cutting pressure and any excessive heat build-up.

With the high risk of collisions during the machining due to the impressive dimensions of the spider, relatively long tools were utilised with a minimum length of 250mm.

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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