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Delcam will support the ‘Push the Boundaries’ theme at the 2013 AMBA Convention, which is scheduled to be held on 24–26 April at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. The company will demonstrate its software products for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes.

Delcam’s Powershape CAD software, Powermill CAM software and Powerinspect inspection software are designed to enable electrodes to be produced more efficiently and to higher levels of accuracy.

At the heart of the Delcam solution is a new file format known as the .Trode file. This contains all the information for each electrode project, including the design and the machining and inspection information, as well as the setup sheets for its manufacture and use.

Having all the required information in a single file is claimed to simplify data management and to increase overall efficiency.

Software in detail

  • The initial design stage of the process has been made both easier and faster thanks to the increased range of direct modelling tools available within Powershape.
  • Users can now quickly and easily define the region where the electrode will be used, extract the shape needed to produce the required feature in the part and then edit the design to provide clearance from the main surface of the tool and to blend it into the blank size needed to fix the electrode into its holder.
  • Analysis tools are available to check that the draft angles and minimum radii used in the design will not cause downstream problems, while the ability to simulate the action of the electrode ensures that it will operate as expected.
  • To speed the design process further, catalogues of blanks and holders are included from Erowa, Hirschman and System 3R.
  • If a series of similar electrodes is required, the design process can be fully automated — once the first electrode design has been produced, users need only to select the geometry from the next area and click ‘finish’ in the electrode design wizard; the wizard will then produce the new design automatically by applying all the settings used for the previous electrode.
  • Once the design has been finalised, the necessary spark gaps can be specified to provide the machining offsets required in Powermill to cut the roughing and finishing electrodes.
  • Companies that produce multiple electrodes of similar sizes from the same material can develop templates within Powermill to machine them in a standardised way.
  • Burn, clearance and blank faces of the electrode are automatically colour-coded within Powershape so that they can be recognised within Powermill.
  • Specifying the inspection points within Powershape means that the probe path in Powerinspect and the production of the inspection report can also be automated, including undertaking a best-fit analysis of the machined electrode.
  • The automated generation of setup sheets for both the machining and application of the electrodes ensures that all the data needed at each stage is readily available.
  • Delcam Electrode can provide scripts, the EDM equivalent of CAM programs for machine tools, for equipment from a wide range of manufacturers.

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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