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Delcam has introduced a new module to Delcam for Solidworks to enable the software to support tombstone machining. Additional enhancements in the 2014 R2 version include new options for stock models, better support for holes from the Solidworks Hole Wizard and more flexible Z-level roughing.

Delcam for Solidworks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s Powermill and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It offers Powermill’s speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.

At the same time, Delcam for Solidworks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes the system so consistent and reliable.

Delcam for Solidworks is fully integrated into the Solidworks environment so that the program looks and behaves like Solidworks. It offers full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the toolpaths.

However, this associativity is said to be more intelligent than that offered in many other integrated CAM systems. Delcam for Solidworks does not simply modify the existing toolpaths but also reviews the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and changes them if necessary.

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Key product features

Tombstone machining module

  • Tombstone machining allows multiple parts to be loaded onto different sides of a fixture and then machined in one sequence
  • The fixture and the complete set of parts can then be replaced, in some cases automatically, with the next set of components and the associated tombstone
  • With the new tombstone-machining module, parts that have programmed individually can be positioned around the tombstone and a single program generated for the complete set
  • Models of the tombstone and any other fixtures can be loaded into the assembly within the software and are then treated in the same way as other fixtures
  • The NC code can be generated either relative to the set-ups of individual models or relative to reference set-ups within the tombstone assembly
  • Delcam for Solidworks now also supports multiple, simultaneous part comparisons
  • If a set of different parts is being machined on a tombstone, or any other fixture, the various components can be verified with their respective CAD models in one operation

Rough machining

  • New option to set the direction in which Z-level roughing toolpaths are offset
  • A simple button allows the user to select whether the part should be machined from the outside inwards or from the inside towards the outside
  • An automatic option can also be chosen where the software will decide the offset direction, depending on whether a core or a cavity shape is being machined

Stock model functionality improvements

  • The first enhancement eliminates excessive tool engagement and limits the maximum depth of any cut into un-machined material
  • Both these controls reduce tool wear and improve surface finish by avoiding any overloading of the tool
  • The same functionality also removes toolpath segments that machine very little or no material
  • In rest machining, a new ‘detect metal thicker’ command ensures that rest material thinner than the specified limit is ignored
  • This prevents toolpaths being generated in any areas where the benefit of the extra cut is negligible, such as cusps left by the previous toolpath
  • Toolpath fragmentation and the resultant air moves between fragments can be reduced by specifying a minimum gap length between cutting moves
  • Any gaps shorter than the specified distance will be linked with a tangential move between the segments, rather than having the tool retract fully from the surface for a very short air move
  • New functionality has been added that allows stock models to be modified by removing operations, eliminating the need in previous releases to recreate the stock model completely if such a change was needed

Better support for holes

  • Delcam for Solidworks offers better support for hole manufacture by recognising dowel holes as reamed holes
  • During programming, the software will select automatically the appropriate drill and reamer to be used in the program for the size of the hole
  • The cutter compensation used by Delcam for Solidworks can now be specified on an operation level so removing the need to create duplicate features in order to set different values
  • The most common case where this will be needed is when different cutter compensation is required for the finish pass and for any subsequent chamfering operation

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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