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Gelre Rijn Tools has swapped its previous CAM system for Delcam’s Powermill machining software after adding its first five-axis machine.

Gelre Rijn Tools manufactures injection moulding tools for the plastic and rubber industry, and technical components for machine construction.

The company specialises in tooling for thin-walled plastics products, in particular packaging for salads, ice cream, ready-made meals, household utensils and paints.

To remain successful, it is essential to meet customers’ demands for high-quality parts, efficient tool performance and rapid delivery times.

The move to Powermill at Gelre Rijn Tools came after the company installed a new five-axis Hermle C40U milling machine.

Following problems with the existing software, a search began for an alternative CAM system that would be able to drive the machine tool without any difficulties.

Other requirements were for an improved surface quality so that polishing could be reduced to a minimum, and for software that was easy to learn and so would allow a fast implementation.

As well as providing the five-axis functionality that was needed, the toolpaths from Powermill produced smoother and better-looking results.

This improved surface quality generated the desired reduction in the amount of polishing.

In addition, the fast and easy-to-learn graphical user interface, coupled with the professional support by reseller, Bemet International, meant that the switch to the new software went smoothly.

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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