Additional Options for Five-Axis Machining

Delcam (Windsor, ON) has released the latest version of its PowerMILL CAM system featuring a range of enhancements and speed-ups.

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Delcam (Windsor, ON) has released the latest version of its PowerMILL CAM system featuring a range of enhancements and speed-ups. Like other recent versions of the software, a major focus of PowerMILL 8 will be additional options for five-axis machining. Also new is improved memory management within the software that will give significantly faster calculation times—especially for large, complex components like press tools for automotive bodywork—and for smaller, highly-detailed models, such as molds for fine-tolerance and high-accuracy parts. The most significant of the new five-axis options is a powerful tool-axis editing function that allows the user to select any region of a toolpath and redefine the tool-axis vectors within that region. Previously, a single tool-axis specification was applied to a complete toolpath, although this could be adjusted automatically to avoid any collisions. The new ability to use different options in different regions of the toolpath will enable users to optimize cutting conditions and avoid any sudden machine tool movements that could result in a poor surface finish.