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At the Northern Manufacturing exhibition in Manchester on 1–2 October 2014, Delcam will give UK debuts to the 2015 versions of its Powershape Pro CAD and reverse-engineering software and its FeatureCAM and Powermill CAM systems.

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Each program contains major enhancements that will help manufacturing companies to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times.

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Key features and enhancements

Powershape Pro

  • Offering a combination of solid, surface and direct modelling, together with reverse-engineering functionality, Powershape Pro is said to provide the most comprehensive range of design techniques available in a single CAD program.
  • The main enhancement in the 2015 release is to the Smart Feature Selector, which allows multiple similar features to be found and selected using either a specific value or a range of values. Once the particular group has been selected, all the features within it can be edited simultaneously. For example, all holes having a diameter of 5mm can have their diameter increased to 10mm in one operation.


  • Powermill 2015 for high-speed and five-axis machining includes improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, expanded collision checking to also cover near misses and more efficient raster finishing.
  • Two enhancements in Powermill 2015 will 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 for open pockets or in areas where earlier cuts have made this possible.
    • 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.


  • FeatureCAM 2015 includes a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, two-axis and five-axis drilling, turning and turn mill and wire EDM to make the software even more powerful and easier to use.  
  • FeatureCAM 2015 also allows easier programming of series of parts. Working with the part library, the software matches the names of features within the part library with user-created curves relating to those features. This makes the programming of subsequent parts in the family much easier and faster.

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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