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At Pacific Design and Manufacturing in California on 11–14 February 2014, Delcam will demonstrate the latest developments in its range of CAD/CAM software, which includes Powermill, FeatureCAM, Powershape and Delcam for Solidworks.

On display will be the Vortex area clearance strategy in both the Powermill and FeatureCAM CAM systems, extra modelling for manufacturing tools in the Powershape design software and improvements to Delcam for Solidworks, an integrated CAM system for Solidworks that provides a single-window manufacturing solution that looks and behaves like Solidworks.

Delcam will be found on Booth 3537 at the event.

Key features and benefits

Vortex

  • The Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance has been developed specifically to gain the maximum productivity from solid-carbide tooling — in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts, and therefore higher metal-removal rates, by using the full flute length as the cutting surface.
  • It can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, for three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths.
  • Vortex produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation. This maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the toolpath that would normally be possible only for the straight-line moves.
  • As a result, the cutting time will be shorter, while cutting will be undertaken at a more consistent volume removal rate and feed rate, so protecting the cutter and the machine.

Powershape

  • Powershape can already recognise a variety of solid features within imported ‘dumb’ geometry, such as fillets, slots and bosses. Smart Feature Manager allows users to identify all these features within a solid in a single operation and so makes the analysis of the imported data easier and faster.
  • The core/cavity separation wizard for mould and die design within Powershape has been rewritten to make it even faster and more effective. It divides the solid model into core and cavity pieces of a tool that can then be separated dynamically using a simple slider.

Delcam for Solidworks

  • The 2014 release includes a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations.
  • Fillets can be added to any sharp corners for turning operations such as automatic deburring without having to edit geometry.
  • Extending turning simulation now includes support for steady-rest and tailstock operations. Using the feature-from-Solidworks feature concept, enhanced support for four-axis rotary tables now allows two- or three-axis operations to be wrapped around the rotary axis.
  • New toolpath-editing capabilities and dedicated strategies for two-axis finishing give greater programming control and better machining results.

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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