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Delcam posts design and machining tips on YouTube

The FeatureCAM playlist shows how to use Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy on mill-turn equipment

Delcam has posted a series of videos on YouTube showing tips for users of its PowerSHAPE CAD software and its PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems.  These latest additions bring the total number of videos to over 1,200 on Delcam’s Advanced Manufacturing Solutions channel on YouTube.

The PowerSHAPE playlist of tips comprises five videos.  These cover the use of the Solid Doctor and PowerSHAPE’s trim-region editing tools for data repair, an introduction to the use of the Smart Surfacer for surface creation, plus examples of creating a blend between three surfaces and of separating the internal and external surfaces in a solid model.  To see the playlist, go to

The playlist for PowerMILL includes five videos demonstrating a variety of machining methods for items including cavities, open pockets, side walls and upstands.  A sixth video shows how to apply parameters from one toolpath to other toolpaths.  The PowerMILL playlist is at

10 videos make up the FeatureCAM playlist.  These include two examples of the use of Delcam’s award-winning area-clearance strategy, Vortex, one in a milling example and one in a turn-mill project.  Other demonstrations show how to use stock models in 2.5D machining, a comparison of automatic and interactive feature recognition, selection of features by colour or type, parametric surface machining and programming from 2D DXF data.  The full playlist for FeatureCAM is at

Delcam’s Marketing Manager, Peter Dickin, explained that the demonstrations were originally part of the material presented at the company’s UK Technical Update Days, which are held each year at locations around the country.  "We thought that the videos would be helpful both to our UK customers who were unable to attend the meetings and to our international customers,” he said.  "If they prove popular, we will look into adding more material after this year’s series of events in October.”

19 June 2014

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