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A new five-axis FPT Dino machining centre programmed with Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system is enabling Aarestrup Vaerktoejs- og Maskinfabrik (AA-VM) to machine large parts with very complex geometry both quickly and accurately. The company, which is located in the Northern Jutland town of Stoevring, was previously only able to do three- and four-axis machining.

The company develops, manufactures and optimises tools for punching and forming and moulds for injection moulding and blow moulding. Its CNC machinery includes six milling machines and one lathe, as well as two wire EDM and two sinker EDM machines.

AA-VM chief executive officer Kenneth Anderse said that the company invested in the five-axis machine combined with PowerMILL mainly because it has a number of customers in the food industry that need large and highly complex new parts and replacement parts made to a very high quality.

The machining centre is so big that AA-VM had to acquire a neighbouring property to make room for it. The machine can process parts with a length, width and height of up to 3,000 x 1,600 x 800mm. It uses five-axis simultaneous machining, which allows for faster processing of complex geometry at high precision.

With the introduction of the new machine, it became necessary for AA-VM to upgrade its existing CAM software, as the system could not handle the really complex parts required by a number of customers or take advantage of the new machine’s capabilities. AA-VM examined a number of CAM programs and chose PowerMILL.

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Key benefits of product application

  • Bjørn Krogh, head of the machining department at AA-VM, said: ‘PowerMILL is very sophisticated software that can handle virtually any task we can imagine. Our three CAM operators are now learning how to use templates and macros in PowerMILL to further optimise the programming process for our toolpaths.’
  • After less than a year, the FPT machining centre is running five to six days a week for the production of newly developed parts.
  • It has proved particularly beneficial for large moulds where the use of five-axis machining has cut the number of machine setups in half, reducing the overall machining time considerably.
  • The majority of the designs for new parts are received from customers as 3D files generated in their different CAD systems. According to Krogh, it is a major advantage for AA-VM that in most cases it is able to manufacture using the customer’s 3D files directly without further need for editing.

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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