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Delcam will demonstrate the five-axis machining capabilities of its PowerMILL CAM system by producing a complex cycle helmet on four stands at the BIMU exhibition to be held in Milan from 30 September to 4 October. The demonstrations will be on the stands of Mazak (D14 in Hall 16), CMS Industries (D13 in Hall 9) and Isper (C01 in Hall 9), as well as on Delcam’s own stand (F47 in Hall 11).

BIMU visitors will also be able to see reverse engineering of the CAD model of the helmet from the Rudy Project original on the Delcam stand.

Franco Calloni, general manager of Delcam Italia, chose the helmet for the demonstrations after seeing it used by a cycling team that is sponsored by his company. He said it will show how easily Delcam’s software can model and machine complex shapes.

Visitors to Delcam’s stand will see how PowerSHAPE Pro is used to convert a sample helmet into a CAD model. The machining demonstrations are hoped to show how the five-axis capabilities of PowerMILL allow even a part as challenging as the helmet to be machined quickly and efficiently in a single setup.

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Key features and benefits

  • By offering a combination of solid, surface and direct modelling, together with reverse engineering functionality, PowerSHAPE Pro is said to provide the most comprehensive range of design techniques available in a single CAD program.
  • Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process.
  • The software can be used to machine challenging parts quickly and efficiently in a single setup.
  • PowerMILL 2015 offers new options for positional or continuous five-axis machining, including improvements to the collision checking within the software. Collision checking has been changed so that warnings can also be flagged for near misses.
  • The display showing the list of collisions has been updated to be easier to read, making it simpler to extrapolate the co-ordinates at these points.
  • One improvement will help companies using four- or five-axis machines with trunnions or similar tilting tables: options are available to re-distribute the toolpath points so that the machine’s gimbal-lock position is avoided and a smoother motion 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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