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Delcam Thailand to show latest CAM developments in Bangkok

The 2014 version of FeatureCAM makes it easier to program probing routines

Delcam Thailand will demonstrate the latest developments in Delcam’s complete range of CAM software at the Metalex exhibition to be held in Bangkok from 20th to 23rd November.  Programs on show will include PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining; FeatureCAM for quick and easy feature-based CAM programming; PartMaker for turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes; the Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system; and ArtCAM for artistic applications.

The most important new option in the 2014 releases of PowerMILL and FeatureCAM is the new Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance.  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.

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, including lathes, mills and mill-turn machines.  In addition to the Vortex strategy, the 2014 release includes a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations, more strategies for two-axis finishing and easier programming of probing sequences. 

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for multi-axis turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes.  The software offers a vast array of robust post-processors and machine-simulation files for virtually every machine model from all the leading builders.  The latest version includes much improved four- and five-axis simultaneous milling strategies that can be added across the entire PartMaker CAM suite, including the PartMaker Mill, Turn-Mill and SwissCAM modules.

Delcam for SolidWorks is a fully integrated CAM system for SolidWorks that combines the benefits associated with PowerMILL and FeatureCAM.  It provides PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, while also offering the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM.  The 2013 release includes toolpath editing, support for four-axis rotary machining and more strategies for two-axis finishing, plus many of the new options for turning from the latest version of FeatureCAM.  As a Gold Partner CAM product, it is, of course, fully compatible with the latest release of SolidWorks.

The new release of ArtCAM Pro makes it much easier to create complex designs by using interactive distortion modelling.  This allows users to distort either vectors or reliefs by bending or stretching the design and to see the results in real time.  On the machining side, the most important new option is fluted-weave machining, which enables fluting toolpaths, including Celtic weaves, to be created from vectors.

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17 October 2013

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