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Delcam has introduced the 2013 R2 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software. Enhancements include a number of stock model options to increase user productivity, improve surface finish and reduce tool wear.

Additional updates to the software release include new methods for the generation of html set-up sheets and improvements to turning and turn-mill programming.

The first addition to stock model functionality eliminates excessive tool engagement and limits the maximum depth of any cut into un-machined material.

This reduces tool wear and improves surface finish by avoiding any overloading of the tool. The same functionality also removes toolpath segments that machine very little or no material.

Further enhancements

  • Rest machining has been made more efficient: a ‘detect metal thicker’ command ensures that rest material thinner than the specified limit is ignored; toolpath fragmentation and resultant air moves between fragments can be reduced by specifying a minimum gap length between cutting moves
  • New method for generating html set-up sheets: information can be extracted from the FeatureCAM project to provide a detailed list of tooling to be used, with an illustration of each tool, together with the dimensions of the initial stock and an image of the finished part
  • Turning improvements: smoother lead-in and lead-out moves reduce any witness marks when finishing larger turned parts in a number of sections; ability to specify the optimum retract angle for turn-grooving operations and so leave a better surface finish on the part
  • More efficient turn-mill operations: alternative method for calculating index limits calculates the limits based on the size of a solid revolve of the part rather than creating a cylinder around the corner limits of a rectangular bounding box around the part stock
  • Easier programming of barrel-cam features: add-in uses the slot centreline and follower diameter to create a four-axis milling feature and produces a toolpath with a tool of the chosen diameter that may be smaller than the follower

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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