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Delcam France appoints Avénao as reseller for FeatureCAM and Delcam for SolidWorks

FeatureCAM and Delcam for SolidWorks are now available in France from Avénao Manufacturing Solutions

Delcam has appointed one of France’s leading SolidWorks resellers, Avénao, to supply and support its FeatureCAM feature-based programming software and its Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system in the country.  Avénao has established a new division, Avénao Manufacturing Solutions, to promote the Delcam CAM software to its extensive base of SolidWorks users.

Avénao was founded in 2002 as one of the earliest resellers of SolidWorks in France.  It has grown rapidly and now supports more than 2,000 SolidWorks users from nine offices.  Last year, the company grew to 120 staff and a turnover of 12 million Euros.

Feature CAM offers programming speeds that are impossible with other CAM systems by incorporating predefined machining rules controlling how and where material should be removed.  The software uses this knowledge to evaluate the part geometry and material, select the most appropriate tools and operations, recommend machining strategies, calculate feeds and speeds, and then to automatically generate the NC code.  This unrivalled speed of toolpath generation means that machining of one-off parts or initial samples can be commenced within minutes of the receipt of the part model.  As a result, delivery times can be reduced dramatically.

Alongside this high level of automation, FeatureCAM offers complete flexibility.  Users can edit the predefined machining rules with their own customisations to tailor the results for their own range of equipment.  Once this editing has been done, every job on the particular machine is cut in a predictable manner, so ensuring consistent quality regardless of who did the programming.

In addition, a wide range of editing tools is available to optimise the initial toolpaths for series production, when the cycle time on the machine becomes more important than the programming time on the computer.  This is particularly important for multi-turret and multi-spindle equipment, where the most efficient allocation of operations between turrets and spindles can have a significant impact on the overall cycle time.

Delcam for SolidWorks is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 35,000 customers around the world.  These strategies 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 software so consistent and reliable.  Most importantly, Delcam for SolidWorks includes FeatureCAM’s Automatic Feature Recognition system which automatically extracts detailed feature information from the SolidWorks model.  Once the features have been identified, Delcam for SolidWorks undertakes automatic selection of cutting tools, machining strategies, and feeds and speeds, to complete the programming operation.

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 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.

14 February 2012

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