Delcam to highlight feature-based programming at GTMA event at Mazak
Delcam will highlight the benefits of feature-based programming with its FeatureCAM software at the GTMA’s Manufacturing UK event to be held at Mazak’s European Headquarters in Worcester on 9th May. In addition to the exhibition by GTMA members, speakers at the event will be Purchasing Manager, Mike Mychajluk from Jaguar Land Rover, Operations Director John Rooney, at Gardner Aerospace and Operations Director Bryn Jones at Bristol Maid. To register as a visitor, please visit www.manufacturinguk.net or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see how FeatureCAM is used to program Mazak machine tools, please go to www.delcam.tv/mazak-millturn.
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.
FeatureCAM is now becoming even more popular as many companies buying more advanced machines are unable to achieve the expected benefits in productivity and quality because of limitations in their CAM systems. Software that has been perfectly capable of programming simple milling or turning operations proves to be unable to handle the added complexity, both of the new equipment and of the parts that need to be made.
Similarly, many users who may have relied on manual programming at the machine control find it more challenging and more time-consuming to create programs for multi-tasking equipment. To obtain the full benefit of their investment, these companies may need to invest in a CAM system for the first time. As well as offering easier and faster programming, Delcam software offers the ability to check the program on the computer before it is sent to the machine, so eliminating the need for prove-out trials on the machine.
Feature-based CAM systems offer programming speeds that are impossible with the more usual operations-based approach because they incorporate predefined machining rules controlling how and where material should be removed. FeatureCAM uses this knowledge to evaluate the part geometry and material, select the most appropriate tools and operations, recommend machining strategies, calculate feeds and speeds, and then to automatically generate the NC code. This unrivalled speed of toolpath generation means that machining of one-off parts or initial samples can be commenced within minutes of the receipt of the part model. As a result, delivery times can be reduced dramatically.
01 May 2013