Delcam FeatureCAM Adds High-Speed Roughing Strategy

Originally titled 'FeatureCAM Adds High-Speed Roughing Strategy'

Delcam has added the Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy to the latest release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system.

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Delcam has added the Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy to the latest release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system. Vortex was introduced initially as the key enhancement for the 2014 version of Delcam’s PowerMill software for high-speed and five-axis machining.

Vortex was developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface. It can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, 3+2-axis area clearance, and for rest machining based on stock models or reference tool paths.

According to Delcam, one fundamental problem with conventional area-clearance strategies is that the optimum cutting conditions only occur during a straight-line cut. The Vortex roughing strategy follows the shape of the part and keeps air moves to a minimum for more efficient machining. Cutting is undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and feed rate, protecting the machine, and cutting time is shorter.

For full details, including video demonstrations of the new functionality, and to download an evaluation version, visit delcam.tv/fc2014.