Delcam Turkey to show latest in CADCAM at MAKTEK Eurasia
Delcam Turkey will demonstrate new versions of Delcam’s extensive range of CADCAM software on the UK pavilion in Hall 11 at the MAKTEK Eurasia exhibition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2nd to 7th October. Delcam offers software for product and tooling design, reverse engineering, machining and inspection, with all its systems aimed at helping manufacturers to increase productivity, reduce lead times and improve quality.
Delcam’s PowerSHAPE provides the most comprehensive range of modelling techniques available in a single CAD program, including options for solid modelling, surface modelling, direct modelling and reverse engineering. Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product-development process. The broad range of functionality makes PowerSHAPE ideal for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating specialised items. At the same time, the combination of quick and easy direct modelling options, together with powerful and flexible surface modelling, also means that PowerSHAPE is the perfect choice for design for manufacture, especially when converting product designs into tooling designs.
The most important new option in the 2013 release of Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining will be the new Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance. Vortex, for which Delcam has a patent pending, has been developed by the company 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 two- and three-axis roughing, three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths. Like other Delcam roughing strategies, Vortex toolpaths are calculated to give more efficient machining by following the shape of the part and by keeping air moves to a minimum.
Delcam’s FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995. Constant development since then has ensured that the system has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use, while an increased range of strategies has been added to provide more efficient toolpaths giving greater productivity on a wider range of machines. The main change to the 2013 FeatureCAM product family has been the introduction of three levels of 3D machining functionality. FeatureMILL 3D Lite is a new option offering single-surface machining with a basic range of strategies and so provides an introductory product for companies moving into 3D machining for the first time.
ArtCAM is Delcam’s system for artistic applications, such as jewellery manufacture, engraving and woodworking. The new release has made it much easier to create complex designs, especially those that include repeated elements that are similar but not identical within the design. This new way of working is called ‘Free Relief Modelling’. It allows previously-created reliefs to be picked up and swiftly moved, rotated, rescaled and copied, either individually or as part of a group. Any part of the design can be isolated, edited and then recombined into a group for duplication or further editing within the group.
Finally, Delcam’s PowerINSPECT system is the world’s hardware-independent inspection software, able to compare parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD models using a wide range of portable, optical and CNC coordinate measurement machines. Improvements to the inspection functionality in the latest release include a new, simplified procedure enabling users to quickly calibrate the probe assembly by probing a single point anywhere within the measuring envelope; a new offset-alignment method that aligns the part with the axes of the CMM while setting the position with a single point measurement; and new point-cloud options that make it easier to modify and reuse digitised curves and points, with options for editing, deleting and resuming measurement of the points and curves. In addition, the automated section-measurement functionality, which was previously only available in the manual version of PowerINSPECT, is now available in both the OMV and CNC offline-programming versions.
17 August 2012