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Delcam to show new design and machining software at MTA Vietnam

PowerSHAPE Pro 2014 R2 includes automated tools for reverse engineering

Delcam will demonstrate the latest developments in its PowerSHAPE Pro software for product design, tooling design and reverse engineering, and in its PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining at the MTA Vietnam exhibition to be held in Ho Chi Minh City from 8th to 11th July.

The 2014 R2 release of PowerSHAPE Pro includes a range of new functionality for the design of both 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. 

Full details, including video demonstrations of the new functionality and the option to download an evaluation version, are on

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 new automated tools for re-engineering provide quicker and simpler methods for segmenting a mesh of scanned data into primitive regions, such as planes, spheres, cones, cylinders and tori, as well as into revolved or extruded surfaces.  Primitive surfaces or solids are then fitted automatically to those regions.

For more complex geometry, or when finer control is needed, mesh segmentation can be carried out manually.  The user simply chooses the region where the geometry is to be created and selects the primitive type to be used.  PowerSHAPE Pro then creates the surface or solid to the specified tolerance.  As each region is converted, it changes colour, making it easy to see the areas of the model that still require work.

Regions with even more complex, free-form geometry can be replaced with a single surface.  The target area can be selected with a set of easy-to-use options, while a single dialogue box gives control of the fit of the surface to the mesh.  The same technique can be used for areas with large amounts of detail, such as logos or textures.

The 2014R2 release of PowerMILL includes new options to machine 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. 
For full details on the new release and video demonstration of the new functionality, please go to

The most important additions for five-axis machining are 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 or any equipment with incremental rotary axes.

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.

13 June 2014

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