Delcam to show latest in CAD and CAM at Southern Manufacturing
Delcam will demonstrate the 2013 releases of its PowerSHAPE CAD software and PowerMILL CAM system at the Southern Manufacturing exhibition to be held in Farnborough on 13th and 14th February. Both new programs include significant enhancements to enable users to increase productivity, reduce lead times and improve quality.
With its unique combination of solid modelling, surface modelling, direct modelling and triangle editing capabilities, PowerSHAPE provides the most comprehensive range of design and reverse engineering techniques available in a single CAD program. 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.
PowerSHAPE also includes the Solid Doctor, a comprehensive set of tools for the repair of CAD models from all sources, including IGES, STEP and native CATIA and Creo files. It can be used to tackle all the common problems that are found when translating low-precision and incomplete data, including gaps and overlaps between surfaces, or duplicated and missing surfaces, and generate a valid, high-precision solid model.
The most recent addition to PowerSHAPE is a range of direct modelling functionality that will speed up and simplify concept development, and enable tooling designers to tackle all the common problems that they find in product designs, such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes. These new options have been made as accessible as possible by enhancing existing commands rather than grouping them in a separate area of the software.
The major new development in PowerMILL 2013 will be the Vortex area clearance strategy. This has been developed 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.
Because Vortex toolpaths have a controlled engagement angle, tools will never be overloaded and so will achieve the maximum tool life. Shock loading caused by changes in the contact angle is minimised, preventing chipping of the flutes. In addition, the stability of the cutting conditions gives more consistent edge temperatures, so prolonging the life of the tool coating and removing heat damage to the surface of the part.
08 November 2012