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At Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany, on 25–28 November 2014, Delcam will highlight the 2015 releases of the PowerSHAPE Pro CAD package, the PowerMILL CAM system and the Delcam Electrode suite for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes.

Delcam Electrode

By offering a combination of solid, surface and direct modelling, together with reverse engineering functionality, PowerSHAPE Pro provides a range of design techniques, reducing the need to transfer data between multiple programs and streamlining the product development process.

The main enhancement in the 2015 release is the Smart Feature Selector. This option allows multiple similar features to be found and selected using either a specific value or a range of values. Once the particular group has been selected, all the features within it can be edited simultaneously.

This functionality will speed up the preparation of models for manufacturing. For example, one common problem in product designs that are to be moulded is that fillet sizes are set so small that they restrict the flow of material. The Smart Feature Selector can be used to identify any fillets below the required radius and then all the fillets found can be increased to the desired minimum size simultaneously.

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. Enhancements in PowerMILL 2015 will give even greater reductions in machining time with Vortex compared with conventional roughing.

Another program that has seen significant development is the Delcam Electrode integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes. In particular, the data management has been simplified with the option to output an electrode schedule from the software. The data can be output in html, Excel or CSV format as a table describing each electrode required and its key data, such as blank size, undersize value, material and so on. This option will be of most value when large numbers of electrodes are required in a project, such as for a complex mould tool.

Delcam Electrode combines functionality from PowerSHAPE, PowerMILL and PowerINSPECT to give a completely integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes. At the heart of the solution is the .Trode file, which contains all the information for each electrode project, including the electrode design, machining and inspection information and the setup sheets for its manufacture and use.

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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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