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Delcam has launched a free version of its Gold-Certified Delcam for Solidworks integrated CAM system. Delcam for Solidworks Xpress provides the essential 2D milling and drilling functionality available in Delcam for Solidworks.

Delcam for Solidworks Xpress is intended mainly as an introductory-level program for users that are new to computer-aided machining. However, it will also be useful for companies such as design studios that only need to program simpler CNC machines or those that wish to experiment with 2D machining before investing in a full 3D software package.

The Xpress version is claimed to provide the same high level of automation as the full program. The software automatically selects the appropriate tooling for the project, allocates the appropriate feeds and speeds to all the toolpaths and orders the various roughing, semi-finishing and finishing operations into the most efficient sequence.

Key features and benefits

  • Users will be able to generate NC code for feature-rich 2D parts quickly and easily with the ‘feature-from-feature’ technology inside Delcam for Solidworks.
  • Delcam for Solidworks Xpress is fully integrated into the Solidworks environment so that the program looks and behaves like Solidworks. Similarly, it offers the same full associativity with Solidworks so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the toolpaths.
  • Drilling options cover all hole types, including tapped holes, and support drilling cycles with sub-programs for the standard controls.
  • Full 3D simulation of all toolpaths can be undertaken, with comprehensive gouge detection, to check the programs before they are sent to the machine. Time estimates can also be made to compare the results of using different strategies.
  • The software is supplied with a basic set of post-processors for typical controllers and functionality is provided so that more experienced users can tweak the standard posts to match their machine-tool controls.
  • According to the company, Delcam for Solidworks combines the benefits associated with the Powermill and FeatureCAM CAM systems. For example, the software offers Powermill’s fast toolpath calculation, alongside the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting hard, challenging materials. 

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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