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By using Delcam’s Partmaker CAM software to programme its machines, High Point Precision Products — a medical device manufacturer — has grown from a business based in a family basement to a fifteen-man company, whilst remaining competitive and providing customers with a fast turnaround and short lead times.

The company uses seven multi-axis CNC Swiss-type lathes including a range of Citizen L, K and M series models, a Star SA and two Haas vertical machining centres that are required to be kept running as much as possible, regardless of the lot size.

High Point Precision Products said that the best way to achieve this is to make complex parts — something that it says Partmaker has helped it to do.

The CAM software enables faster and more automated programming, which reduces errors on the shop floor.

As the system also allows for the fast programming and a quick turn-around of parts, High Point can now provide parts for a wide customer base using a relatively small number of machines.

Key benefits of product applications

  • Getting the programming of a part right first time leads to faster set-up times.
  • Helped High Point to compete with larger firms.
  • Allows operators to see where they have excess spindle waiting time, allowing them to optimise part cycle times before sending a program to the machine.
  • Allows quick changes to be made when designing parts.

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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