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Delcam has released the Partmaker 2014 CAM suite, which incorporates the Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance. Other improvements include improved back-turning and 2D-pocketing functionality, support for additional tool types and the faster programming of lead-in and lead-out moves, as well as a new NC program viewer.

Vortex is Delcam’s high-speed roughing technology that controls the maximum engagement angle of the cutter in the material so that the angle calculated for the programmed stepover is never exceeded, even in internal corners. This allows for optimal cutting conditions to be maintained throughout the toolpath.

Partmaker 2014 includes improved functionality to support the automated programming of back-turning tools. These tools are used across a variety of small-part turning applications, particularly in Swiss machining.

Another area that has been improved is 2D pocketing. This powerful functionality allows for more efficient and intelligent material removal from 2D pockets. The raster finishing strategy in Partmaker ASM has also been enhanced, resulting in less fragmented toolpaths without overlaps when machining highly complex shapes, thus improving part surface finish.

In addition, the lead-in and lead-out dialogues have been combined into one form where values can automatically be copied from lead-in moves to lead-out moves or vice versa. This productivity enhancement speeds up programming, reduces mouse clicks and decreases the chance of making an error.

Key features and benefits

Vortex

  • Vortex allows for optimal cutting conditions to be maintained throughout the toolpath
  • It can take deeper cuts than traditionally used in roughing operations
  • Depths of cut up to the full flute length enable maximum material removal rate from solid-carbide tooling

Functionality for back-turning tools

  • This functionality is used across a variety of small-part turning applications
  • It can eliminate the need for multiple tools and so can reduce cycle time and improve surface finish
  • Toolpath calculation challenges are overcome with a method for automating programming with back-turning tools on both the inside and outside diameter of turned parts

Additional improvements

  • Partmaker 2014 lets users enter lead-in and lead-out moves faster than ever before for both turning and milling operations
  • NC Program Viewer function allows improved analysis of the NC code generated by Partmaker to help achieve optimum productivity from the machine
  • Functionality is included for automatically aligning ‘wait’ or ‘sync’ codes for multi-channel machines
  • Database now includes explicit selections for tapered endmills as well as neutral turning tools and back-turning tools

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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