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Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy produced a saving of 90 per cent in the time needed to machine the core plate for an injection mould at Promolding BV. Vortex was the main addition to the latest release of the Delcam for Solidworks CAM software used at Promolding.


Using Vortex in Delcam for Solidworks cut the machining time for this mould base by 90 per cent
Using Vortex in Delcam for Solidworks cut the machining time for this mould base by 90 per cent

Promolding is a company that transforms high-performance polymer technology into industrial applications. It offers its customers a complete service from product design, via material and process development, to manufacturing, including automation. The company is very active in the use of new and high-tech materials

It manufactures its moulds in-house using a five-axis DMG DMU 60 Monoblock machine and has used Delcam for Solidworks to program the machine for several years.

Vortex was first introduced as part of Delcam’s Powermill software for high-speed and five-axis machining. With the latest version of DFS, the strategy also became available to DFS users, a development that had been awaited by Arjan Markus, a CNC machinist at Promolding, since he saw the first release of Vortex in Powermill.

He felt that the core plate of an injection mould would be a suitable test for the new roughing strategy. The mould plate was to be machined from tool steel and featured the two cores each 48mm high. The cutting tool chosen was a Seco/Jabro tool of 12mm diameter.

Click on the link above to download the Delcam for Solidworks brochure and the Vortex flyer.

Key benefits of product application

  • The 48mm height was machined in two layers. Machining was completed without coolant; only air was used to remove the swarf out of the way.
  • The plate was roughed in 45 minutes, whereas conventional area clearance would have taken close to nine hours, a saving in the machining time of 90 per cent.
  • Markus said: ‘Today, I machined roughed about 2,750cm2 of tool steel in 45min using Vortex in DFS. In one word: unbelievable. I am definitely going to use this method again.’
  • He added: ‘The cutting sounded beautiful, the swarf was perfectly consistent and the tool looked unused.’ He subsequently machined the core and several other components of the mould using the same technique.

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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