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At the recent Manufacturing Summit held by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Delcam demonstrated the latest developments in its Powermill software for the programming of machining by robots.

The robot machining demonstration used a Kuka robot programmed with Powermill. The robot machining interface in Powermill makes it easier to program robots for a wider range of applications.

According to Delcam, the ability to program the robot offline from 3D CAD data is faster and more efficient than the ‘teach and learn’ approach that is often used to create instructions for the equipment.

The summit was attended by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and secretary of state for BIS Vince Cable, among others.

Key information

  • Typical applications of robot machining include the production of sculptures and models for theme parks and film sets, trimming and drilling of composite components for marine and other transport applications and the grinding and finishing of metal parts.
  • Robots are less costly to install than large machine tools with similar working envelopes.
  • Robots’ flexibility means complex operations can be carried out in a single setup, cutting production times and reducing the number of fixtures needed.
  • Robots struggle to machine harder materials and cannot match the tolerances possible with modern machine tools.
  • They can be used successfully in any area where softer materials need to be machined to accuracies of tenths of a millimetre.

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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