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Delcam has added a video to the Delcam.TV website filmed during two free workshops on the Future of Machining held at Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester during June.  

Future of machining

The day included demonstrations of the major developments in the 2016 releases of Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software for high-speed and five-axis machining and the FeatureCAM feature-based programming system.  The software demonstrations were followed by live machining demonstrations, with PowerMILL five-axis machining shown on a Mazak Integrex 400 and feature-based machining with FeatureCAM on a Mazak Vertical Center Smart 430A.

The PowerMILL demonstration focused on the new Advanced Simulation & Verification module that can undertake complete verification of a project for machine-tool issues such as collisions, rather than having to undertake verification of each individual toolpath in turn.  Comprehensive verification is performed, including ensuring that the machine tool is capable of running the proposed strategy, as well as checking for both machine-tool collisions and tooling collisions, during cutting moves and for all leads and links, including machine-tool movements as tool changes are executed. 

 For FeatureCAM, the main focus was on speed, highlighting both the speed with which programming can be completed with the software and the shorter machining times that are possible with the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy.

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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