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Delcam to preview more powerful milling options in PartMaker at IMTS

The new milling options in PartMaker 2013 will be previewed at IMTS

Delcam’s PartMaker Division will preview the 2013 version of PartMaker for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes at IMTS 2012 in Chicago. Among a number of other enhancements, this latest version will feature a totally revamped surface-machining module offering PartMaker users some of the most powerful CAM machining algorithms on the market today for 3-, 4- and 5-axis simultaneous milling operations on a variety of machining platforms including CNC mills, turn-mill centres, bar-fed mills and Swiss-type lathes.

PartMaker will be demonstrated in the Delcam booth, E-3222, alongside the company’s other leading-edge manufacturing software products including the PowerMILL, PowerSHAPE, FeatureCAM, ArtCAM and PowerINSPECT ranges. The Delcam booth will be the largest CAM booth at IMTS 2012, where the most comprehensive range of CAM products at the show will be on display.

PartMaker has pioneered the field of CAM software for multi-axis turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes. The software offers a vast array of robust post-processors and machine-simulation files for virtually every machine model ever built from such leading builders as Citizen, Mazak, Star, Mori-Seiki, Tsugami, Okuma, Tornos, Doosan, Hanwha, Nakamura and many, many others. PartMaker’s technology for automating the programming of multi-axis turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes is protected by two U.S. patents.

PartMaker 2013 proves that power and ease of use don’t have to be trade-offs users have to make with their CAM system,” says PartMaker Inc. division President Hanan Fishman. "With a host of new, advanced milling strategies, PartMaker 2013 offers its users perhaps the most comprehensive and powerful CAM system on the market today for the full spectrum of production machining applications, all while maintaining the software’s hallmark, industry-leading ease of use.”

"PartMaker’s new Advanced Surface Machining (ASM) functionality is based on the same technology and algorithms underpinning Delcam’s PowerMILL, the leading CAM system on the market for the manufacture of complex shapes,” claimed Mr. Fishman. "The new functionality offered in PartMaker’s ASM answers the needs of our customers making increasingly more complicated parts, particularly for those in the medical-device and aerospace arenas. Also, machine tools are becoming more complex, with 5-axis simultaneous milling now even becoming available on a number of Swiss-type lathes.”

ASM will replace PartMaker’s Surface Machining Wizard (SMW) module for three-, four- and five-axis machining across the entire suite of PartMaker CAM applications, including PartMaker Mill, PartMaker Turn-Mill and PartMaker SwissCAM. For existing PartMaker users, the upgrade to ASM will be provided free of cost and the transition will be very easy to make. The benefits of the ASM module include faster tool path calculation, greater tool control and improved surface finish. Each strategy provides for full tool control enabling them to be used in either traditional 3-axis methods or up to 5-axis simultaneous machining methods, depending on a machine tool’s capability.
PartMaker ASM will also include Delcam’s new Vortex high-speed area-clearance strategy, for which Delcam has a patent pending. This has been developed by Delcam specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface. It can be used for 2.5 and 3-axis roughing, 3+2-axis area clearance and rest machining.

The introduction of ASM extends PartMaker’s 5-axis simultaneous milling functionality to CNC milling centres, making PartMaker an unsurpassed solution for production-oriented manufacturers to solve all of their CNC programming challenges, milling, turning, wire EDM, turn-mill and Swiss with one, unified programming platform.

07 June 2012

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