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Delcam will demonstrate the latest developments in its range of CADCAM software at the Southern Manufacturing exhibition to be held in Farnborough, UK, on 12–13 February. Highlights will include the new Vortex area clearance strategy in both the Powermill and FeatureCAM CAM systems, extra modelling for manufacturing tools in the Powershape design software and improvements to the Delcam Electrode package for the integrated design, machining and inspection of electrodes.

The Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance, for which Delcam has a patent pending, has been developed specifically to gain the maximum productivity from solid-carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts and therefore higher metal-removal rates. It can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, for three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths.

Vortex produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation. This maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the toolpath that would normally be possible only for the straight-line moves. As a result, the cutting time will be shorter, while cutting will be undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and feed rate, so protecting the cutter and the machine.

Delcam is also showcasing the 2014 version of its Solid Doctor in Powershape, which enables the quick and easy repair of imported data from other CAD systems. For the 2014 release, these capabilities have been enhanced with the addition of the Smart Feature Manager.

Key benefits

  • Vortex strategy can be used for two- and three-axis roughing as well as three-plus-two-axis area clearance
  • It produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation
  • Shorter cutting times are ensured; time saving of 40 per cent is not untypical

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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