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Delcam will demonstrate potential applications in the woodworking industry for machining with robots on Stand C09 in Hall 12 at the LIGNA exhibition to be held in Hannover from 11–15 May. Live machining demonstrations will be shown on the stand using a KUKA robot programmed with the new release of Delcam’s PowerMILL Robot software for the programming of robots for multi-axis machining operations.

Robots can be a cost-effective alternative to machine tools for many large-scale machining operations in the woodworking industry, including sculpting, signmaking and the trimming and drilling of panels. Especially when cutting softer materials, they can achieve levels of accuracy similar to CNC milling machines or routers.

PowerMILL Robot makes it as easy to program a robot for machining as it is to program a five-axis machine tool. As a fully associated application inside PowerMILL, users have access to all the multi-axis machining strategies within PowerMILL and can use all the system’s project management options to manage, store and retrieve data.

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Key features and enhancements

  • The 2015 release of the software enables manual and CNC programming to be combined in a single program, so providing maximum programming flexibility.
  • Other enhancements include improved collision checking, automatic avoidance of wrist singularities and the ability to generate robot programs from tape files produced in other CAM software.
  • The range of robots supported by the system has been increased so it now includes KUKA, ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa Motoman, Stäubli, Hyundai, Comau, Kawasaki Robot, Nachi and Universal Robots equipment, in all cases eliminating any need for third-party translation software.
  • The new functionality allows users to duplicate in the virtual environment teach-and-learn programming of the robot for linking moves. The model robot on the computer can be ‘jogged’ between positions where machining is to take place, in a similar way to the movement of the arm in the real environment. The programmed linking moves can then be integrated with the cutting moves to give the complete sequence of operations.
  • A singularity in robot operation occurs when collinear alignment of two or more axes results in unpredictable robot motion. Singularities must, therefore, be eliminated to maintain smooth, predictable machining. The new release automatically avoids wrist singularities — the most common example of this type of problem.
  • The improved collision checking in the 2015 release allows the complete NC program to be simulated in one operation, so saving considerable time when compared with the previous method of checking each toolpath individually.
  • Delcam has added the ability to import existing tape files from other CAM systems. Once imported, the toolpaths can be simulated and post-processed in PowerMILL Robot in the same way as toolpaths from PowerMILL.

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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