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Delcam’s Brazilian reseller Seacam has worked with Sandvik Brasil to machine aluminium transmission covers for a car being developed by students from the University of São Paulo State. A reduction of 73 per cent was achieved in the machining time by using the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy in Delcam’s Powermill CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining.

A 73 per cent reduction in machining time for this part was achieved by using Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy

The students regularly participate in competitions organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) between institutions of higher education. The target of each team is to design and build a prototype, off-road, single-seat car for marketing to enthusiastic amateurs rather than professional drivers.

The vehicle must be safe and easily transported and offer simple maintenance and operation. It must be able to win over rough ground in any weather conditions without damage.

Left- and right-hand versions of the transmission cover were produced on machines at Sandvik Brasil.

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Key benefits of product application

  • Using the Vortex strategy has enabled both parts to be machined in three-and-a-half hours. Similar parts had already been machined in December 2012, also using Powermill, the same cutters and the same machines, when the machining took 13 hours. This meant that Vortex achieved a reduction of 73 per cent in machining time.
  • Alexandre Magdalon from Seacam said: ‘With conventional roughing, it is necessary to limit the depth of cut and step-over of the tool to approximately 70 per cent of its diameter. With Vortex, it is possible to use a much deeper cut and so remove a larger quantity of material with each pass. There is also a significant reduction in the wear seen on the tool.’

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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