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A demonstration of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy was one of the highlights of a two-day ‘Grand Opening Open House’ hosted during November by the Montreal division of EMEC Machine Tools at the company’s new, expanded showroom.

The demonstration was carried out on an Okuma GENOS vertical machining centre using the Vortex strategy in Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining. Other live demonstrations during the event were performed on an Okuma horizontal lathe and a Tsugami 5AX lathe.

According to the company, the Vortex strategy gives the fastest safe metal removal from solid carbide tooling, in particular designs that give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface. It can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining. It gives benefits when machining all types of materials, including titanium, tool steel and alloys such as Inconel.

Vortex also uses a minimum radius parameter, calculated to make sure that the machine tool can maintain the cutting feed rate in corners and, more generally, for any non-straight part of the toolpath.  This makes the cutting process more predictable since the machine should run at the programmed feed rate throughout and not slow down in the way that it could on other kinds of area-clearance toolpath.

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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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