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At the Natural Stone Show, Delcam will demonstrate the latest advances in the use of robots for machining. The company’s Powermill software is said to make it easy to program robots for the manufacture of stone sculptures and other decorative items.

According to Delcam, robots programmed with Powermill give all the benefits of speed and repeatability that can be gained with CNC machine tools. They have the potential to provide a lower-cost alternative to machine tools for the manufacture of larger components, when the cost of a big enough machine would be prohibitive.

The robot-machining interface in Powermill has made it easier to program robots for a wider range of applications. The ability to program the robot offline from 3D CAD data is faster and more efficient than the ‘teach and learn’ approach that is often used to create instructions for the equipment.

The programs can be simulated on the computer to ensure that the results will be exactly as required.

The Natural Stone show will be held at ExCel in London from 30 April to 2 May 2013.

Key benefits of robots

  • The cost of installing a robot is less than price of fitting a large machine tool with a similar working envelope.
  • The flexibility of the robot means complex sculptures can be completed in a single operation, reducing production times.

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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