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Delcam will be demonstrating its complete range of CADCAM software on stand B85 at the Northern Manufacturing exhibition to be held at Event City, Manchester, on 2–3 October 2013.

The main focus will be on the new Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance in the 2014 release of Delcam’s Powermill CAM system. Vortex has been developed by the company specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface. 

Also demonstrated at the exhibition will be the 2014 version of Delcam’s FeatureCAM software, as well as Powershape CAD software, which the company says provides easy-to-use tools to increase productivity through increased automation and improved workflow.

Powershape, which combines modelling and reverse engineering functionality, will also be on display. According to the company, it has all the different technologies in the same package, which reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process.

Another program that has seen significant development is the Delcam Electrode — a system for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes that combines functionality from Powershape, Powermill and the Powerinspect inspection software.

Key features and benefits

Vortex

  • Can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths.
  • A series of trials on the Vortex strategy run by Delcam has shown that a time saving of at least 40 per cent is not untypical, with the biggest percentage savings being found when cutting tool steel on a Huron machine with SGS Z-Carb MD cutters. 
  • Other examples included a reduction of 67 per cent when cutting a number of pockets in a stainless steel part, a 63 per cent time saving on a titanium part and a 58 per cent saving when cutting an aluminium component.

FeatureCAM

  • Enhancements include more strategies for two-axis finishing and easier programming of probing sequences.
  • Has new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations. 

Powershape

  • According to the company, Powershape provides the most comprehensive range of design techniques available in a single CAD program. 
  • The combination of quick and easy direct modelling options, together with powerful and flexible surface modelling is claimed to make Powershape a suitable choice for design for manufacture.

Delcam Electrode

  • lncludes support for burn-vector electrodes, automated machining of electrode frames, batch processing of multiple machining projects and faster generation of electrode drawings.
  • Benefits from a number of options introduced into Powershape, which provides the CAD element of the overall system.
  • Uses a new file format — the .Trode file, which contains all the information for each electrode project, thus simplifying data management.

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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