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Delcam will launch the 2014 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software, which has new options including strategies for two-axis finishing, at this year’s Westec exhibition in Los Angeles on 15–17 October.

The 2014 model benefits from the ability to add fillets to any sharp corners — such as for automatic deburring — without having to edit the geometry. The user specifies the radius to be applied and all the sharp corners will be filleted automatically.

According to the company, turning simulation has been made more realistic with the ability to program and simulate the movements of the steady rest (which is used to position large parts during turning) and the tailstock (which is used to hold long parts on centre during machining).

Programming of both turn-mill and four-axis equipment is claimed to be easier with the ability to change the index axis part way through programming.

A number of extra strategies and options have also been added for two-axis finishing. These include the ability to use larger stepovers with automatic machining of any upstands that may be left, continuous spiral machining either from outside to inside or inside to outside, support for stock models created from roughing toolpaths and automatic avoidance of clamps.

Key features and benefits

  • The software offers new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations
  • There are more strategies for two-axis finishing and easier programming of probing sequences
  • It includes automatic collision detection during both cutting and transfer operations
  • New user co-ordinate systems can be created and used as the new index axis
  • Decision making with built-in options means users no longer have to hand-write toolpath edit commands

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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