Delcam’s Boris ready to return to Hermle Open House
Following a dramatic appearance at the 2013 Hermle Open House held in Gosheim, Germany, "Boris the Spider”, Delcam’s mascot and the key feature of the company’s logo, is preparing to return for this year’s event to be held at Hermle’s headquarters from 9th to 12th April.
A second demonstration will show the machining of an aluminium die-casing mould for a pump housing on a Hermle C32U, programmed with Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for five-axis and high-speed machining.
Visitors will also be able to see demonstrations of the latest release of PowerMILL, which features important additions for five-axis machining, including a new dialogue to track the position of the machine tool, and a new toolbar to simulate and adjust the configuration and tool axis of a 3+2 machine.
The new dialogue has a redesigned user interface giving improved presentation of data on the position of the machine tool, together with the limits set for each axis. It includes a slider to jog the machine components into position during the simulation and displays a warning if any axis limit is exceeded.
The new toolbar can be used to edit the tool axis and the orientation of the machine tool. This allows quick and easy updates to existing toolpaths with the new parameters. In addition, a new workplane that is aligned to the new axis and orientation can be created for subsequent programming operations.
Another addition that will be especially beneficial for five-axis programming is a new plug-in for PowerMILL that provides a graph of the linear and rotary axes of the machine during the simulation. Analysis of this graph allows users to locate any potential problems, such as sudden changes in direction or axis reversals that can adversely affect the surface finish. Adjusting the position of the part on the machine and running another simulation will often identify a solution to these problems.
Delcam will also demonstrate the 2014 R2 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM which provides support for milling and drilling with right-angle heads, and one-stop programming of multiple roughing operations. Other enhancements in this release include better control of Z-level roughing, and improvements to Wire EDM and chamfering.
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.
A further demonstration will show On-Machine Verification using the PowerINSPECT inspection software. OMV with Delcam’s PowerINSPECT allows initial checking of machined parts to be carried out in situ on any CNC machine tool rather than having to transfer them to coordinate measuring machines for inspection. The main advantage is that any mistakes are discovered where they can be corrected – on the machine tool. Repeated cycles of machining and inspection, interspersed with long set-up times on the respective pieces of equipment, are avoided, meaning that overall manufacturing times can be reduced.
04 April 2014