Delcam Broadens its PowerMILL Options

Due to its unique combination of diverse machining strategies and comprehensive gouge and collision checking, PowerMILL from Delcam (Windsor, ON) was first established as the world’s leading stand-alone CAM system for shop floor programming.

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Due to its unique combination of diverse machining strategies and comprehensive gouge and collision checking, PowerMILL from Delcam (Windsor, ON) was first established as the world’s leading stand-alone CAM system for shop floor programming. PowerMILL then moved to become the acknowledged leader in high-speed machining with additional functionality of trochoidal machining, parametric offset machining and Delcam’s patented Race Line machining. Now PowerMILL five-axis has been developed to allow fast, efficient programming of the most demanding machining applications. Options for both roughing and finishing include machining to or from a point, orientation through a line or curve, programming using a reference surface and swarf machining for either surface or wireframe geometry. In addition, PowerMILL five-axis can generate a five-axis equivalent of any three-axis toolpath. This might be necessary when a three-axis approach is being used for most of a job, but where some five-axis moves are needed to avoid an obstacle or to machine as closely as possible to a steep face. The software automatically tilts the cutter away from the obstacle by the specified tolerance and then returns the cutting angle to the value set for the overall toolpath once the problem area has been cleared.