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Delcam supports Ontario machine-tool suppliers at Joint Open House

FeatureCAM now allows probing operations to be added into machining programs

Delcam will support the leading machine-tool distributors in Ontario – DMG Canada, Elliott Matsuura, Ferro Technique, SST and EMEC – at their annual Joint Open House event in the Greater Toronto area on 24th and 25th April.  With over 50 CNC machines on display, this two-day event will give visitors a chance to compare the latest and greatest in CNC technology.  Machines from many of the world’s premier builders will be on show, including those from GF Agie Charmilles, Tornos, DMG, Mori Seiki, Makino, Mikron, Okuma, Doosan, Matsuura, Muratec, Metris, Toyoda, Brother, Tsugami, Chiron, Roku-Roku, Agma, Sister and Nakamura-Tome.

The latest versions of the Delcam software will be used to program many of the machines on show, with PowerMILL being used for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based production machining and PartMaker for the programming of turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes.

Delcam’s new high-speed area clearance strategy, Vortex, one of the latest developments soon to be out in the next release of PowerMILL, will be used for some of the demonstrations at the Open House.  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 so keeping air moves to a minimum.

FeatureCAM, the world’s first feature-based programming software when was launched in 1995, will also be used for the open house to generate programs for production machining on mills, lathes and mill-turn machines.  The main changes to the 2013 FeatureCAM product family have been the introduction of three levels of 3D machining functionality and the option to add probing operations into machining programs.  FeatureMILL 3D Lite is a new option offering single-surface machining with a basic range of strategies that provides an introductory product for companies moving into 3D machining for the first time.

PartMaker, which pioneered the field of CAM software for Swiss-type lathes and multi-tasking machines, will also be shown.  The 2013 version features a totally revamped surface-machining module offering PartMaker users some of the most powerful CAM machining algorithms on the market today for a variety of manufacturing platforms, including turn-mill centers, bar-fed mills and Swiss-type lathes.

14 March 2013

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