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At the CIMT exhibition in Beijing, Delcam will demonstrate its new Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance. Vortex is an enhancement that is featured in the next release of the company’s Powermill CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining.

Vortex has been developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid-carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface.

It 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.

Vortex toolpaths are calculated to give more efficient machining by following the shape of the part and by keeping air moves to a minimum.

The strategy produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation, enhancing tool life and maintaining optimum cutting conditions.

The CIMT exhibition runs from 22–27 April 2013.

Further information

  • Other developments in the latest release of Powermill will include better control of five-axis machining, smoother spiral machining and more efficient programs.
  • There will be an increase in the number of options for tool-axis definition.
  • A new algorithm for spiral machining produces smoother toolpaths that give a better surface finish and more consistent machine-tool motion.
  • NC programs can be made more efficient by automatically reordering the toolpaths to reduce the number of tool changes or by using a specific workplane to minimise setup changes.

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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