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On 23 May 2013, Delcam will host two 20-minute webinars dedicated to the efficient design and manufacture of electrodes. The webinars will describe how Delcam Electrode enables the faster and more reliable production of electrodes.

Delcam Electrode is an integrated system for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes. It combines the company’s Powershape CAD software, Powermill CAM system and Powerinspect inspection software.

Key to Delcam Electrode is the .Trode file format, which contains all the information for each electrode project, including electrode design, machining and inspection information, as well as the setup sheets for its manufacture and use.

Having all the required information in a single file simplifies data management and increases overall efficiency.

Process in detail

  • Modelling tools within Powershape make the initial design stage of the process with Delcam Electrode quick and easy.
  • Users define the region where the electrode will be used, extract the shape needed to produce the required feature in the part and then edit the design to provide clearance from the main surface of the tool and to blend it into the blank size needed to fix the electrode into its holder.
  • Once the design has been finalised, the necessary spark gaps can be specified to provide the machining offsets required in Powermill to cut the roughing and finishing electrodes.
  • Inspection points can be added so that the measurement of the electrode in Powerinspect can be automated to a large extent.
  • Setup sheets for the electrode’s manufacture and use can then be produced automatically, either to a standard format or to a user-defined template.

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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