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Delcam to provide CAM demonstrations at Matsuura/Tornos Open House

Delcam will highlight the five-axis programming capabilities of its PowerMILL CAM system at the Matsuura/Tornos event

Delcam will demonstrate its range of CAM software at a joint open house to be held by Matsuura and Tornos at their neighbouring technology centres in Coalville, Leicestershire, from 15th to 17th October.  The combined event is being promoted as "Think Manufacturing – Think Profit” and will feature demonstrations from Fanuc Robotics, Zoller Measurement Systems and Stratasys 3D Printers, in addition to the latest Matsuura and Tornos machines direct from their appearances at EMO.

To register to attend the open houses, please visit, call Matsuura on 01530 511400 or email

On the Matsuura side of the event, Delcam will highlight the five-axis machining strengths of its PowerMILL CAM software with demonstrations on Matsuura’s MX-520 and MX-850 machines.  In both cases, a combination of positional and continuous five-axis operation will be shown.

For the latest PowerMILL release, the main change in the five-axis capabilities has been to increase the number of options for tool-axis definition.  For raster toolpaths, the lead and lean angles can now be defined relative to a contact normal.  In addition, better control is now possible for the tool-axis definition when using the To or From a Point, Line or Curve strategies.  These improvements will make it easier for users to control the contact angle between the cutter and the part, and so set the optimum cutting conditions for efficient machining and high quality surface finish. 

The resulting NC programs can be made even more efficient by automatically reordering the toolpaths, using the tool number or tool diameter, to reduce the number of tool changes, or using specific workplanes, to minimise set-up moves.

Delcam’s demonstrations at Tornos will focus on PartMaker, the world’s leading CAM software for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling and CNC Swiss-type lathes.  PartMaker is a knowledge-based CAM system, allowing it to provide substantial gains in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features, thus relieving the user from the need to re-enter the same feature information for subsequent parts.

PartMaker improves productivity by optimising the simultaneous use of multiple tools with a patented approach that is easy to learn and quick to use.  For example, synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved with only a few mouse clicks.

To ensure successful programming, PartMaker allows the user to view an accurate simulation of all the programmed strategies and to compare the machined part with its CAD model.  These capabilities give additional confidence that the program will run efficiently and accurately on the machine tool.

24 September 2013

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