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Delcam to launch new feature-based CAM at Manufacturing South West

Five-axis machining with FeatureCAM will be demonstrated at Manufacturing South West

Delcam will launch the 2014 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software at the Manufacturing South West exhibition to be hosted by XYZ Machine Tools at its recently-expanded headquarters in Tiverton, Devon, on 9th and 10th October.  The new release includes a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations.  Other enhancements in this release include more strategies for two-axis finishing and easier programming of probing sequences.

Manufacturing South West is a totally new exhibition, involving 18 specialist companies representing all aspects of manufacturing and production.  It will bring together the latest developments and provide demonstrations, which will include the first chance to see many new product launches in the UK from EMO 2013.

Leading industry names will be presenting the latest turning, milling, CNC sliding-head, five-axis machining, EDM, sheet metal forming, laser cutting and tooling, sawing and cutting-off, cutting tools, workholding and bar-feed equipment, coolant and filtration.  In addition, 3D measurement, gauging and non-contact measurement, CADCAM software and control systems will be demonstrated and visitors will be able to benefit from free consultancy on finance and grant availability.

Full details of the exhibition are on the XYZ website,

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 first improvement to turning in FeatureCAM 2014 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.  Similar functionality for automated chamfering of corners has been available in FeatureCAM for several years.

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.

Finally, a number of extra strategies and options have been added for two-axis finishing.  These include the ability to use larger stepovers with automatic machining of any upstands that may be left, continuous spiral machining either from outside to inside or inside to outside, support for stock models created from roughing toolpaths, and automatic avoidance of clamps.

12 September 2013

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