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Delcam’s latest CADCAM technology to be presented at Asian seminars

PowerSHAPE Pro 2014 R2 provides quick and easy methods to reverse engineer scan data into CAD models

Delcam will present the latest developments in its range of CADCAM software at two seminars in Asia.  The first will be at the Maple Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on 14th May and the second at the Hotel Santika, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 16th May.  For more details on the Bangkok meeting, please email for the Jakarta event, please email

Both events will cover new functionality in Delcam’s PowerSHAPE Pro CAD software, in the PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems, and in the Delcam Electrode solution for the design, manufacture and inspection of electrodes.  Delcam employs the largest development team in the CAM industry so delegates to the seminars are sure to see considerable progress in all of the programs.

The 2014 R2 release of PowerSHAPE Pro includes a range of new functionality for the design of products and tooling.  In particular, the new version introduces powerful new tools to make re-engineering complex parts from scanned data faster and easier, plus an option to merge disjointed faces within a solid and so make direct modelling operations more robust. 

By offering a combination of solid, surface and direct modelling, together with reverse engineering functionality, PowerSHAPE Pro 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 Pro the perfect choice for design for manufacture.

The 2014R2 release of PowerMILL CAM software includes new options for high-speed and five-axis machining of parts and tooling with unprecedented speed and accuracy.  New simulation and customisation tools, plus greater editing flexibility, give even greater opportunities to minimise programming times and reduce manufacturing times.

A series of improvements to Delcam’s unique Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy is also included in the new release.  Vortex gives fast, safe metal removal by allowing solid carbide tooling to cut with its full flute length so minimising machining times.  At the same time, Vortex toolpaths use a controlled engagement angle between the cutter and the part, and so give a more consistent volume-removal rate and feedrate, minimising wear on the cutter. 

As well as including the Vortex area-clearance strategy, the 2014 R2 version of FeatureCAM 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.

Delcam Electrode combines PowerSHAPE, PowerMILL and Delcam’s PowerINSPECT inspection software to give a completely integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes.  At the heart of the Delcam 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 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.

A number of enhancements have been added recently, including support for a wider range of EDM equipment.  The new version also includes support for burn-vector electrodes, automated machining of electrode frames, batch processing of multiple machining projects and faster generation of electrode drawings. 

08 May 2014

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