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Delcam has revealed that its Partmaker SwissCAM software is allowing QA Technology to efficiently turn around small lot sizes on its Tornos Deco Swiss-type turning centre.

Historically, QA Technology’s component manufacturing had been outsourced to a number of vendors with a variety of CNC machines.

Because of the demand for quick turnaround and small lot sizes, QA Technology decided to add CNC Swiss capacity within the company in order to fill customer requirements that outside vendors could not meet, either economically or reliably.

QA decided to purchase a Tornos Deco 7a, a machine used by some of the company’s current vendors, and Partmaker SwissCAM.

The software provides the link between QA’s engineering department, which designs its product using both 2D drafting and 3D solid modelling, and the manufacturing department that is tasked with producing the parts.

Dave Coe, vice-president of QA, said: ‘The benefit to having Partmaker is the ability to take the solid model, or even the DXF file, coming out of our engineering department for the part and immediately import it and be able to view it, edit it as necessary, and generate accurate toolpaths that are not subject to human error.’ Thanks to a collaboration between Tornos and the Partmaker developers, a special data-file format generated by Partmaker can be directly imported into Tornos’ TB-Deco software.

This ensures accurate transfer of the SwissCAM toolpaths.

For shorter-running jobs, the user might not even make any adjustments to data imported from Partmaker.

For longer-running jobs, where every fraction of a second counts, the programmer can use the optimisation capabilities of the TB-Deco software to achieve a fast possible cycle time.

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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