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Delcam will demonstrate the 2015 version of its Delcam for Solidworks integrated CAM system at IMTS 2014 in Chicago from 8–13 September on booth E3222, the largest CAM software booth at the show.  

Delcam for Solidworks

The new release will include a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, drilling, turning and wire EDM that will make the software even more valuable to Solidworks users that need to manufacture their designs.  

According to Delcam, Delcam for Solidworks combines the benefits associated with the Powermill and FeatureCAM CAM systems and offers Powermill’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials. 

At the same time, Delcam for Solidworks is said to have the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes that system so consistent and reliable.

Key features and enhancements

  • Programming of three-axis toolpaths for complex parts will be easier and more reliable in Delcam for Solidworks 2015 with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both roughing and finishing operations.  
  • If a gouge is detected, the toolpath will be able to be recalculated, with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away.
  • An improvement in three-axis machining will allow stock models to be used in conjunction with other geometry, such as the part surface dimensions, solid models, stock dimensions and boundary curves.  
  • Three-axis flowline and isoline machining will be more flexible as users will be able to choose to move the tool in an in-to-out direction or an out-to-in direction.
  • Drilling with Delcam for Solidworks will be made easier in the new release with the introduction of a new hole type, ‘thread mill hole’, which eliminates the need to create holes, pockets or sides, and thread features as separate items. 
  • Another improvement to drilling will be the new ‘find feature’ command that will give the ability to combine similar holes into groups on indexed parts.  
  • For users of wire EDM, Delcam for Solidworks 2015 will provide an expanded wire-cut database to support multiple machines having varying formats and methods of operation, with the ability to specify nozzle type and fluid type as well as material type and thickness, wire type and diameter and EDM machine. 
  • Post variables will be able to be assigned user-defined names. This will allow users to see quickly and exactly which post variables are configured for use with a particular post-processor and to understand their intended use.  

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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