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Delcam will demonstrate the latest release of its PowerMILL programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining at the MECSPE/Eurostampi exhibition to be held in Parma, Italy, from 26–28 March. The company will also show the new version of the Delcam Electrode suite of software for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes.

PowerMILL

PowerMILL incorporates the Vortex area-clearance strategy, which produces safe toolpaths with a deeper cut by using a controlled engagement angle to maintain the optimum cutting conditions for the whole toolpath.

As a result, higher feed rates and material-removal rates are possible, making the cutting time shorter by as much as 70 per cent. In addition, cutting is undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and at a near-constant feed rate, so extending tool life and protecting the machine.

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Key features and enhancements 

PowerMILL

  • Two recent enhancements give even greater reductions in machining time with Vortex compared with conventional roughing.
    • The first change allows toolpaths to approach the part from outside the stock at the cutting height, both for open pockets and in areas where earlier cuts have made this possible. Previously, all entry moves had to be made by plunging onto the surface or by ramping into the material.
    • The second change allows an increased feed rate to be set for non-cutting moves. The default value is set at double the rate for the cutting moves but this can be altered as required for each machine tool. The extra time that can be saved depends on the shape of the part but an additional saving of around 20 per cent should be expected above the earlier releases of Vortex. 
  • PowerMILL can now undertake verification of a complete project for machine-tool issues such as collisions, rather than having to undertake verification of each individual toolpath in turn. Comprehensive verification is performed, checking for both machine-tool collisions and tooling collisions, as well as ensuring that the machine tool is capable of running the proposed strategy.
  • The automatic collision checking of area-clearance toolpaths now takes into account any remaining stock on a model, both when checking the cutter and the toolholder. In addition, all toolholder collision checking for area clearance takes place during toolpath calculation, allowing the user to ensure that these toolpaths can be completely free of toolholder collisions.
  • Simulation in PowerMILL has been improved with the addition of the ability to simulate machine-tool movements as tool changes are executed.

Delcam Electrode

  • Delcam Electrode can produce multi-part electrodes or family electrodes. In addition, electrodes can now be displayed in the history tree of the tool on which they will be used, so simplifying the management of projects. Also, all electrode drawings will update automatically if the design is changed.
  • Multi-part electrodes can reduce the time needed for both machining and EDM compared with using several individual electrodes. In addition, using machining multiple electrodes from a single blank can save materials and a single holder can be used for the combined electrode.
  • In family electrodes, the roughing and finishing electrodes for a single area are combined in the assembly. However, in these cases, the different machining offsets required for the rougher and finisher are applied when creating the various parts of the assembly.
  • Compound electrodes require more complex movement around the tool as they are used in comparison with standard electrodes. To ensure that collisions do not occur, collision prevention technology from PowerMILL has been added into the simulation algorithms used by Delcam Electrode.

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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