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Delcam is to demonstrate the 2013 versions of its Powershape CAD and Powermill CAM software products at this year’s Euromold exhibition.

Both programs include significant enhancements designed to enable toolmakers to increase productivity, reduce lead times and improve quality — regardless of whether they are making moulds, press tools or die-casting equipment.

Euromold 2012 is due to be held in Frankfurt on 27–30 November.

Software in detail

Powershape

  • Featuring solid modelling, surface modelling, direct modelling and triangle editing capabilities, this software provides a comprehensive range of design and reverse-engineering techniques.
  • Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs, thus streamlining the process of tooling design.
  • Powershape includes the Solid Doctor, a set of tools for the repair of CAD models from all sources, including IGES, Step and native Catia and Creo files; it can be used to tackle all the common problems that are found when translating low-precision and incomplete data, including gaps and overlaps between surfaces or duplicated and missing surfaces, and to generate a valid, high-precision solid model.

Powermill

  • The Vortex area clearance strategy within this software has been developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid-carbide tooling, particularly those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface.
  • Unlike other high-speed roughing techniques that are designed to maintain a constant theoretical metal-removal rate, the Vortex strategy produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation; this maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the entire toolpath that would normally be possible only for the straight-line moves.
  • Shock loading caused by changes in the contact angle is minimised, preventing chipping of the flutes, and the stability of the cutting conditions gives more consistent edge temperatures, thus prolonging the life of the tool coating and removing heat damage to the surface of the part.
  • The ability to use stepdowns of two or even three times the tool diameter spreads the tool wear evenly over the cutting surface of the tool, contributing to longer tool life.

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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