Delcam to highlight robot machining at Metalloobrabotka in Moscow
The centrepiece of Delcam’s stand at the Metalloobrabotka exhibition, which will be held in Moscow from 16th to 20th June, will be a demonstration of machining by robot programmed with PowerMILL Robot. Delcam will also demonstrate the company’s complete range of design, machining and inspection software, showing the latest new functionality in Delcam’s PowerSHAPE Pro CAD software, in the PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems, and in the PowerINSPECT inspection software.
Robots can be extremely cost-effective for machining large parts, for the production of larger items of tooling, and for the trimming and drilling of panels in metal or composites. Delcam’s PowerMILL Robot software makes it as easy to program a robot for machining as it is to program a five-axis machine tool. Furthermore, with PowerMILL Robot, users have access to the comprehensive range of multi-axis machining strategies within PowerMILL.
PowerMILL Robot can be used to simulate the complete machining operation and to control the robot’s movements through different variables, such as axis limits, axis priorities and workplane constraints. Various aspects within the configuration of the robot cell, such as axis limits, tool constraints and home position, can be defined, and the simulation of the robot completed within those constraints.
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.
PowerINSPECT 2014 features a new interface with new icons that makes the software more intuitive and even easier to use. Other enhancements in the new version include the ability to create compound items and so speed up and simplify repetitive measurements.
The new interface has been developed to further improve the ease of use that has been central to PowerINSPECT becoming the world’s leading hardware-independent inspection software. Over the last few releases, the software has seen a significant increase in the range of measurements that it can make. The software can now be used to take all types of simple measurements and to inspect a growing variety of geometric features, as well as offering more tools for analysing complex 3D surfaces. In addition to making it easier to negotiate the greater range of options, the interface features freshly-designed icons, which give a cleaner look and feel to the software.
05 June 2014