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Autodesk has added Delcam’s FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software for its Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9 in San Francisco. FeatureCAM will be used to program all the CNC equipment at the facility, including a DMS five-axis router and a Mori Seiki mill-turn machine.

Autodesk opened its Pier 9 facility in September 2013. Pier 9 has traditional Autodesk software alongside an ‘incredible’ workshop, according to Autodesk’s director of strategic research Gonzalo Martinez. It has a whole floor for additive manufacturing, plus a metal shop and a wood shop on the site.

Martinez said that the best part of the whole concept is that it lets people experiment, and have access to the tools that the company provides — both the software and the hardware.

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  • Jeremy Malan, applications engineer at Delcam, was responsible for installing FeatureCAM at Pier 9. He said: ‘Pier 9 does have a lot of people that are learning machining for the first time so it’s really helpful that FeatureCAM is one of the easiest-to-learn software programs out there.
  • ‘With FeatureCAM, even new users are able to identify very quickly the kind of feature that they are trying to make and how they are going to do that on the machine.’
  • Martinez added: ‘I love what FeatureCAM does because, at Autodesk, we’ve always been very good with design tools, and visualisation and simulation tools, but we were not really connected to what I’d call fabrication.
  • ‘Having access to FeatureCAM is really beneficial because it is able to read files from any of our design software and is able to output toolpaths ready to cut parts on any of our machining equipment.’
  • Martinez also said that he particularlylooked forward to testing FeatureCAM on the Mori-Seiki machine, the company’s most complex, being a mill-turn with two turrets and five-axis capabilities. He said that eventhough there are always multiple axes moving around, with FeatureCAM he can make sure that nothing is colliding and that the machine is working correctly.

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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