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Delcam will launch the 2015 version of its FeatureCAM CAM system at IMTS 2014 in Chicago from 8–13 September on booth E3222. 

FeatureCAM 2015 drilling
FeatureCAM 2015 drilling

FeatureCAM 2015 includes a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, two-axis and five-axis drilling, turning and turn-mill and wire EDM, which makes the software even more powerful and easier to use, according to the company.

The programming of complex parts has been made easier and more reliable with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both three-axis roughing and finishing toolpaths.  

Five-axis programming of multiple holes has also been made easier in FeatureCAM 2015. It is now possible to create patterns of holes of a similar size with regular positioning. 

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Key features and enhancements

  • Programming complex parts has been made easier and more reliable.
  • It is possible to create patterns of holes of a similar size with regular positioning.
  • The user has the choice of either stopping the simulation immediately when a gouge is detected or of running the complete toolpath with any gouges being highlighted on the model as they are detected. The toolpath can then be recalculated with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away.
  • A function called ‘maximum machine stock’ has been added that removes direct moves where clipping has occurred. These direct moves can leave witness marks on the part so their removal improves surface finish.
  • Another improvement in three-axis machining allows stock models to be used in conjunction with other geometry, such as the part surface dimensions, solid models, the stock dimensions and boundary curves. 
  • Five-axis programming of multiple holes has been made easier. It is now possible to create patterns of holes of a similar size with regular positioning.  
  • A series of improvements has been introduced to make turning with FeatureCAM more efficient. The software now produces toolpaths that rapid up and over previously machined diameters, rather than feeding along them. This reduces the overall cycle time and avoids dragging of the tool.
  • ‘Pinch and follow’ turning can now be chosen when machining components using the ‘face’ or ‘back-face’ cycles. Using this method gives better results, since having the tools cut in opposing directions to each other means that the cutting forces are better balanced.
  • Support has been added for the use of travelling steady rests to give increased flexibility when turning very long parts.  
  • FeatureCAM 2015 has the ability to manage multiple part catchers on turn-mill equipment.  
  • It provides full machine simulation and post processing for the rotating sub-spindle on the Mori Seiki NTX1000 turn-mill equipment.  
  • For users of wire EDM, FeatureCAM 2015 provides an expanded wire-cut database to support multiple machines with varying formats and methods of operation, with the ability to specify nozzle type and fluid type as well as material type and thickness, wire type and diameter and EDM machine.  
  • FeatureCAM 2015 allows easier programming of ranges 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. 

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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