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Delcam to show latest CAM for SolidWorks at EMO

Delcam for SolidWorks 2014 includes improved support for four-axis rotary machining

Delcam will launch the 2014 version of its Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system on stand K18 in Hall 25, the largest stand of any CADCAM supplier, at the EMO exhibition to be held in Hannover, Germany, from 16th to 21st September.  The new release includes a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations.  Also included are new toolpath editing capabilities and additional strategies for two-axis finishing.

The first improvement to turning gives the ability to add fillets to any sharp corners, for example, for automatic deburring, without having to edit the geometry.  The user simply has to specify the radius to be applied and all the sharp corners will be filleted automatically.

Turning simulation has been made more realistic with the ability to program and simulate the movements of the steady-rest that can be used to position large parts during turning and the tailstock that can be used to hold long parts on centre during machining.  Collision detection against both these types of accessory is undertaken automatically during both cutting and transfer operations.

Improved support for machines with four-axis rotary tables allows two- or three-axis operations to be wrapped around the rotary axis.  The same option also supports wrapped features for turn-mill operation. The wrapped feature can be taken directly from the SolidWorks model using the feature-from-feature concept at the heart of Delcam for SolidWorks.

Toolpath editing has been added for all strategies.  This allows segments within the toolpath to be deleted or to be divided into smaller segments.  Segments can also be connected to create complete toolpaths.

A number of extra strategies and options have been added for two-axis finishing.  These include dedicated strategies for finishing the bottoms of pockets and continuous spiral machining either from outside to inside or inside to outside.

More efficient machining has been made possible with the ability to clip both roughing and finishing passes to stock models.  This reduces air moves that might otherwise be generated when machining arbitrary shapes, such as castings or forgings.

Programming in Delcam for SolidWorks has been made safer with a new option to identify certain surfaces as check surfaces to be avoided.  This is particularly useful to avoid collisions with clamps, for example.

31 July 2013

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