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Delcam will be demonstrating its range of CAM software at a joint open house that will be held by Matsuura and Tornos at their neighbouring technology centres in Coalville, Leicestershire, from 15–17 October 2013. 

On the Matsuura side of the event, Delcam will highlight the five-axis machining strengths of its Powermill CAM software with demonstrations on Matsuura’s MX-520 and MX-850 machines. In both cases, a combination of positional and continuous five-axis operation will be shown.

According to the company, the resulting NC programs can be made even more efficient by automatically reordering the toolpaths, using the tool number or tool diameter, to reduce the number of tool changes, or using specific workplanes, to minimise set-up moves.

Delcam’s demonstrations at Tornos will focus on Partmaker CAM software for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling and CNC Swiss-type lathes. 

Partmaker is a knowledge-based CAM system, which the company says allows it to provide substantial gains in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features, thus relieving the user from the need to re-enter the same feature information for subsequent parts.

Key product benefits

Powermill

  • Increased number of options for tool-axis definition in five-axis capabilities.
  • For raster toolpaths, the lead and lean angles can now be defined relative to a contact normal.
  • Better control is now possible for the tool-axis definition when using the To or From a Point, Line or Curve strategies. 
  • Easier for users to control the contact angle between the cutter and the part, and so set the optimum cutting conditions for efficient machining and a high-quality surface finish.

Partmaker

  • Improves productivity by optimising the simultaneous use of multiple tools with a patented approach that is claimed to be easy to learn and quick to use.
  • Synchronisation of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved with only a few mouse clicks.
  • Allows the user to view an accurate simulation of all the programmed strategies and to compare the machined part with its CAD model.

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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