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Delcam is to demonstrate the 2013 releases of its complete CAD/CAM software — for the design, manufacture and inspection of aerospace and defence parts — at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ next Aerodef Manufacturing Conference.

The new releases have been enhanced to enable users to increase productivity, reduce lead times and improve quality.

The event is due to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center in California on 19–21 March.

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Powershape

  • This CAD software product combines solid-modelling, surface-modelling, direct-modelling and triangle-editing capabilities.
  • It provides a range of design and reverse-engineering techniques in a single program; having all the technologies in one package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs, thus streamlining the product development process.
  • The Solid Doctor function comprises a set of tools designed for the repair of CAD models from all sources, including IGES, Step and native CATIA and Creo files.
  • The software’s direct-modelling functionality is designed to speed up and simplify concept development; it also enables tooling designers to tackle challenges such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes.

Powermill and FeatureCAM

  • Vortex area-clearance technology — due to be released in Powermill 2013 and then later in FeatureCAM — has been developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid-carbide tooling.
  • Vortex can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, for three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths.
  • Because Vortex toolpaths have a controlled engagement angle, tools will never be overloaded and so will achieve the maximum tool life.
  • Shock loading caused by changes in the contact angle is minimised, preventing chipping of the flutes.
  • The stability of the cutting conditions gives more consistent edge temperatures, prolonging the life of the tool coating and removing heat damage to the surface of the part.

Powerinspect

  • A new module allows this software to create efficient inspection sequences for use on dual-column CNC co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs).
  • The combination of a dual-column CMM and Powerinspect enables inspection times to be reduced by allowing the simultaneous measurement of different features on larger parts.
  • A typical application is aerospace inspection, where the evaluation of a large, complex and relatively symmetrical assembly requires intricate measurements on each side, combined with an assessment of the structure as a whole.
  • Powerinspect’s digitised-curves option has been developed to create a powerful re-engineering and modelling tool.
  • The automated section-measurement functionality, which was previously only available in the manual version of Powerinspect, is now available in both the OMV and CNC offline programming versions.

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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