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Delcam PartMaker for medical device manufacture at Orthotec

Delcam’s PartMaker is used to program the manufacture of medical devices such as spinal plates

Delcam’s PartMaker Division will demonstrate the benefits of its machining software in the manufacture of medical devices at the Orthotec exhibition to be held in Warsaw, Indiana, on 6th and 7th June. 

PartMaker is the CAM programming choice of many of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers, including such companies as Medtronic, Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Johnson and others, as well as many of the leading contract manufacturers and job shops to whom they outsource.  The software has been specially tuned to automate the programming of many types of medical devices, including bone screws and dental screws, and spinal hooks and plates, as well as a wide variety of surgical instruments and other implantable medical devices.

"The manufacturing options available to companies making medical devices are changing rapidly,” commented PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman.  "The machine tool, cutting tool and CNC programming techniques available to make medical devices has changed immensely over the last two years.  At Orthotec, we will explain what these changes are and how they can be used to increase productivity and shorten lead times.  Firms that are either making medical devices currently, or are considering doing so, need to apply the latest in advanced manufacturing to produce medical devices efficiently and profitably.”

PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features.  It thus relieves the user from re-entering the same features information for subsequent parts.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling.  This makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data, so assuring quicker learning and easier use. 

Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.  Various "what if” scenarios can be performed to compare the cycle times achieved with different machining strategies.

PartMaker allows simulation of individual operations and of the complete machining process.  This allows the user to confirm that the program will run efficiently without collisions and so reduces set-up times by minimising the need for machining trials.

The companion software, PartMaker Modeling, provides a 3D design tool developed specifically for the needs of CNC manufacturers.  It lets users create, repair and modify 3D CAD data of any origin or level of quality and make flawless solid models they can use for the most efficient level of machining, CNC programming and 3D simulation.
PartMaker can be supplied with a vast array of robust post processors and machine simulation files for virtually every machine model from such leading builders as Citizen, Mazak, Star, Mori-Seiki, Tsugami, Okuma, Tornos, Doosan, Hanwha, Nakamura and many, many others.

29 May 2012

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