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Delcam will present its latest CAM software releases — including PowerMILL, FeatureCAM and PartMaker — at the Houstex exhibition on 24–26 February.

Delcam CAM software to speed the programming and machining of complex parts will be on show at Houstex

Visitors to the Delcam booth (#1141) at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, will see major enhancements that will help manufacturing companies, especially those in the oil and gas, aerospace and defence and automotive industries, to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times.

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Key features and enhancements


  • The new release of PowerMILL, Delcam’s programming system for high-speed and five-axis machining, includes improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, expanded collision checking to also cover near misses and more efficient raster finishing.
  • Vortex produces safe toolpaths with a much deeper cut by using a controlled engagement angle that maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the whole toolpath. As a result, higher feed rates and material-removal rates are possible, making the cutting time shorter by as much as 70 per cent.
  • In addition, cutting is undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and at a near constant feed rate, so extending tool life and protecting the machine.
  • Two enhancements in PowerMILL 2015 will give even greater reductions in machining time with Vortex compared with conventional roughing.
    • The first change allows toolpaths to approach the part from outside the stock at the cutting height for open pockets or in areas where earlier cuts have made this possible.
    • The second change allows an increased feed rate to be set for non-cutting moves. The extra time that can be saved depends on the shape of the part, but an additional saving of around 20 per cent should be expected above the earlier releases of Vortex.


  • FeatureCAM 2015 includes a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, two-axis and five-axis drilling, turning and turn-milling and wire EDM to make the software even more powerful and easier to use.
  • The software also allows easier programming of series of parts. Working with the part library, the software matches the names of features within the part library with user-created curves relating to those features. This makes the programming of subsequent parts in the series easier and faster.


  • Major highlights of PartMaker 2015 include improved support for today’s latest multi-tasking machine tools, such as vertical mill-turns, more powerful milling and turning functionality and a new approach to post-processing for multi-axis turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes.
  • PartMaker 2015 also incorporates a new approach to post-processing for multi-tasking machine tools. This approach includes a variety of improvements to the software’s post-processing technology, together with new software functionality to guide users on how to take best advantage of the capabilities of their specific multi-tasking machine tools.

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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