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Industrial Molds is utilising Delcam’s Powermill computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for high-speed machining to reduce lead times and speed up delivery.

Industrial Molds specialises in injection-mould manufacture, including design, engineering, tooling and special machining services.

As Industrial Molds serves customers in such a wide range of industries, the breadth of functionality in Powermill is a key advantage.

Key benefits of product application

  • According to Greg Osborn, account manager at Industrial Molds, Powermill delivers the accuracy needed to reduce the amount of hand finishing the company does. It also has a number of features that reduce programming time, as well as powerful functionality such as arc fitting that allows Industrial Molds to run its machines at top speeds, reducing machining time.
  • Mark Hastings, high-speed machining manager at Industrial Molds, said that Powermill’s roughing routines work well. Industrial Molds then utilises the software’s rest-roughing strategies for semi-finishing. He added that Powermill also offers features that help the company get to the actual net shape, such as picking radii and corners, pencilling out details and flow-line machining.
  • Powermill provides control over machining tolerances. Hastings said that the tighter the tolerance, the longer it takes to calculate the toolpath. Industrial Molds can loosen tolerances up while it is roughing, which generates the toolpath quicker, then tighten them up for finishing. In this way, the company achieves close tolerances without sacrificing speed.
  • Powermill’s open architecture allows Industrial Molds to create macros to automate repetitive tasks. For example, one macro performs multiple collision checks and multiple gouge checks with a single command.
  • Another programming time saver is the ability to save projects and reuse the majority of machining strategies when developing toolpaths for similar parts.
  • Powermill has reduced machining time, with the software’s arc-fitting strategies allowing the company to take advantage of high-speed, high-feed cutters.

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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