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Delcam will collaborate with systems integrator CNC Robotics to show how easy it is to program complex robot machining operations with its Powermill Robot CAM system on stand 4011 at the Mach exhibition, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham from 7–11 April.

According to the company, Powermill Robot helps users to maximise the machining capabilities of any robot in the shortest possible time and makes it as easy to program a robot for machining as it is to program a five-axis machine tool.

Furthermore, with Powermill Robot, users have access to the comprehensive range of multi-axis machining strategies within Powermill and can use all the system’s project management options to manage, store and retrieve data quickly and easily.

Powermill Robot can be used to simulate the complete machining operation and to control the robot’s movements through different variables, such as axis limits, axis priorities and workplane constraints. Various aspects within the configuration of the robot cell, such as axis limits, tool constraints and home position, can be defined, and the simulation of the robot completed within those constraints.

In addition, any issues that may prevent the toolpaths from being completed successfully are highlighted, with notifications of the robot potentially reaching axis limits, singularities and collisions. Graphs display the axis limits, wrist singularity and axis reversals to give a better understanding of how the robot will move.

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Key features and benefits

  • Powermill Robot maximises the machining capabilities of any robot in the shortest possible time.
  • The simplified workflow makes it easy to program, simulate, review and refine toolpaths.
  • The software can be used to simulate the complete machining operation and to control the robot’s movements through different variables.
  • It enables the robot to machine to levels of accuracy similar to many CNC milling machines when cutting softer materials.
  • Users have access to the comprehensive range of multi-axis machining strategies within Powermill.
  • The robot’s working envelope can be displayed to optimise the position of the part or initial stock, and so give maximum access to the material. 
  • The maximum range of movements required of each axis can be viewed to analyse the robot’s behaviour and movements throughout the operation.
  • Any issues that may prevent the toolpaths from being completed successfully are highlighted.
  • The program can be output in the appropriate robot native language, for example for KUKA, ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa Motoman or Stäubli equipment, eliminating any need for third-party translation software.

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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