Delcam has extended its range of EDM equipment supported by its integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes. Leading manufacturers include AgieCharmilles (Agievision and CT Millennium controls), Makino EDM, Mitsubishi Electric, ONA EDM, OPS-Ingersoll, Sodick and Zimmer & Kreim. The company says its scripts are the EDM equivalent of CAM programs for machine tools. They provide an automated process for the programming of the machine, instead of users having to program manually from a set-up sheet. The automated process is designed to be much easier and quicker, especially when a number of electrodes are being used on the same component.
The company will also showcase the Delcam Electrode, a complete solution for design, machining and inspection. It combines Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software, PowerMILL CAM system and PowerINSPECT inspection software. At the heart of the solution is a new file format—the .Trode file. This contains all the information for each electrode project, including not only the electrode design but also the machining and inspection information, plus the set-up sheets for its manufacture and use. Having all the required information in a single file is designed to simplify data management and increase overall efficiency.
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