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Delcam GmbH to show latest in CAM at METAV

New strategies in FeatureCAM 2012 include spiral roughing

Delcam GmbH will demonstrate the latest versions of its range of CAM software within the CNC Arena at the METAV exhibition to be held in Dusseldorf from 28th February to 3rd March.  The company enjoyed its most successful year to date in 2011, with software sales increasing by almost 25%, and expects that METAV will provide a boost to this year’s business.

The Delcam range of CAM software comprises FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, PartMaker for the programming of turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes, and Delcam for SolidWorks, the integrated CAM system for SolidWorks.  The 2012 versions of all these programs will be shown at METAV.

FeatureCAM 2012 includes a range of enhancements to give even easier and faster programming for production machining on lathes, mills and mill-turn machines.  Two new strategies that have been added are back boring and spiral roughing.  Back boring allows more parts to be completed in a single set-up, with larger bores able to be produced on the reverse side of the part.  Spiral roughing can be used instead of Z-level roughing.  It uses a single continuous toolpath instead of a series of levels, giving a smoother toolpath with less wear of the cutter and machine tool.

The most important enhancement in PowerMILL 2012 is Flowline Machining.  This dedicated strategy for high-speed machining divides the toolpath between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover.  This approach gives fewer sudden changes of direction and so produces a superior surface finish.  Other enhancements include more control over point distribution during five-axis machining, more options to apply clearance distances to the cutter and holder, and more options to customise the software with the PowerMILL macro language.

Major highlights of PartMaker 2012 include a new module for the simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centres, improved simulation for the latest breed of multi-axis, turn-mill and Swiss-lathe machine architectures, more powerful surface machining strategies, and improved program visualization, as well as a host of additional productivity enhancements.

The 2012 version of Delcam for SolidWorks includes programming of wire EDM for the first time, alongside the comprehensive options for the programming of turning, mill-turn, drilling and two- through five-axis milling.

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17 January 2012

 
 
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