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Delcam’s complete CADCAM range on show across North America

 Delcam’s new Vortex toolpath strategy offers faster area clearance in a range of materials

Delcam will demonstrate its complete range of CADCAM software at five exhibitions across North America during October.  The events should provide a further boost to the company’s sales in the region, which are already over 10% up on the year-to-date results for 2012.

The run of exhibitions starts in Canada, where Delcam will be in Mississauga, Ontario, for CMTS, the leading Canadian machine-tool show from 30th September to 3rd October.  The following week sees the focus move to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show, being held from 8th to 10th October in West Allis, Milwaukee. 

The second half of the month opens with WESTEC in Los Angeles from 15th to 17th October.  The next week sees Delcam at the Wichita Industrial Trade Show in Kansas from 22nd to 24th October.  The month closes with the SOUTHTEC exhibition in Greenville, South Carolina, from 29th to 31st October.

The main focus at all these events will be on the new Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance in the 2014 releases of both Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems.  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.

The benefits of using the Vortex strategy will vary depending on a number of factors, including the material and shape being cut, and the machine tool and cutting tools being used.  A series of trials run by Delcam on different machine tools within its Advanced Manufacturing Facility has shown that a time saving of at least 40% is not untypical, with the biggest percentage savings being found when cutting tool steel on a Huron machine with SGS Z-Carb MD cutters.  The cycle time for the sample part was reduced from 121 minutes to 34 minutes, a reduction of 71%.

Other examples included a reduction of 67% when cutting a number of pockets in a stainless steel part, a 63% time saving on a titanium part and a 58% saving when cutting an aluminium component.

For Delcam’s PartMaker CAM software the main development to be featured will be the new module for multi-axis machining.  The new four- and five-axis simultaneous milling module, known as ASM-MX, or Advanced Surface Machining – Multi-Axis, applies across the entire PartMaker CAM suite, including the PartMaker Mill, Turn-Mill and SwissCAM modules.  In addition to providing unique four- and five-axis simultaneous milling functionality, ASM-MX has also been priced cost effectively relative to other CAM systems on the market for high-end milling. 

Additionally, PartMaker’s ASM-MX module features a unique new machining strategy called "Spine Finishing.”  Spine finishing can be used in either four- or five-axis simultaneous operations and is ideal for machining parts with unique curves, such as angulated abutments found in the dental implant industry. 

New functionality for the conversion of product designs into tooling designs will be shown in the 2014 release of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software.  The software now provides an even more powerful set of easy-to-use tools to increase productivity through increased automation and improved workflow.

By offering a combination of modelling and reverse engineering functionality, PowerSHAPE provides the most comprehensive range of design techniques available in a single CAD program.  Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process.  At the same time, the combination of quick and easy direct modelling options, together with powerful and flexible surface modelling, makes PowerSHAPE the perfect choice for design for manufacture.

Another program that has seen significant development is the Delcam Electrode integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes.  The latest enhancements include support for burn-vector electrodes, automated machining of electrode frames, batch processing of multiple machining projects and faster generation of electrode drawings.  Delcam Electrode also benefits from a number of options introduced into PowerSHAPE, which provides the CAD element of the overall solution.

Delcam Electrode combines functionality from PowerSHAPE, PowerMILL and the PowerINSPECT inspection software to give a completely integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes.  At the heart of the solution is a novel file format – the .Trode file.  This contains all the information for each electrode project, including not only the electrode design but also the machining and inspection information, plus the set-up sheets for its manufacture and use.  Having all the required information in a single file simplifies data management as well as increasing overall efficiency.

30 September 2013

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