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Delcam will launch the 2014 version of Delcam for Solidworks, its integrated computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system, at the EMO exhibition in Hannover, Germany, on 16–21 September.

The new release includes a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations. Also included are new toolpath editing capabilities and additional strategies for two-axis finishing.

The first improvement to turning provides the ability to add fillets to any sharp corners — such as for automatic deburring — without having to edit the geometry. The user simply has to specify the radius to be applied and all the sharp corners will be filleted automatically.

Turning simulation has been made more realistic with the ability to program and simulate the movements of the steady rest that can be used to position large parts during turning and the tailstock that can be used to hold long parts on centre during machining. Collision detection against both these types of accessory is undertaken automatically during both cutting and transfer operations.

Further enhancements

  • Improved support for machines with four-axis rotary tables allows two- or three-axis operations to be wrapped around the rotary axis. The same option also supports wrapped features for turn-mill operation. The wrapped feature can be taken directly from the Solidworks model using the feature-from-feature concept at the heart of Delcam for Solidworks.
  • Toolpath editing has been added for all strategies. This allows segments within the toolpath to be deleted or to be divided into smaller segments. Segments can also be connected to create complete toolpaths.
  • A number of extra strategies and options have been added for two-axis finishing. These include dedicated strategies for finishing the bottoms of pockets and continuous spiral machining either from outside to inside or inside to outside.
  • More efficient machining has been made possible with the ability to clip both roughing and finishing passes to stock models. This reduces air moves that might otherwise be generated when machining arbitrary shapes such as castings or forgings.
  • Programming in Delcam for Solidworks has been made safer with a new option to identify certain surfaces as check surfaces to be avoided. This is particularly useful for avoiding collisions with clamps, for example.

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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