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The 2013 release of Delcam's PowerSHAPE CAD system includes enhancements to its direct modeling and reverse engineering capabilites that will make the software more flexible and even easier to use. In addition, the solid and surface modeling options have been made faster and even more robust. For full details go to PowerSHAPE 2013 learning zone at http//lz.powershape.com
For programming of complex parts the new version of Delcam's PowerMILL CAM system includes new and enhanced strategies for both roughing and finishing of 3 to 5-axis parts.
As the developer of the world's leading specialist machining software with the largest development team in the industry, Delcam is uniquely placed to provide solutions that are both powerful and practical. Delcam's range of complete automated CADCAM solutions can help companies from concept design through to the manufacture.
No matter what market or what machines you use, Delcam has proven technology to ensure prompt and efficient delivery of products to market.
www.featurecam.com - Feature/Knowledge based machining, minimizing programming time for mills, lathes, mill-turn and wire EDM.
www.partmaker.com - Production Swiss machining and multi axis turning for precision parts with minimal setup and cycle times.
www.powermill.com - Advanced machining strategies, minimizing manufacturing time and maximizing finish quality.
www.powershape.com - Hybrid modeling for quick and easy manipulation of CAD models for manufacturing.
www.powerinspect.com - Fast and easy software program that works with different inspection devices to compare parts against CAD formats.
www.artcam.com - Integrated design and machining for decorative products.
www.delcam-healthcare.com - Customized CADCAM solutions for healthcare sectors, Orthotics & Orthopaedic footwear, Dental restorations, Custom-made prostheses and Maxillofacial reconstruction.
www.footwear.com - Design and manufacturing solutions to help produce the last, the upper design or the finished sole.
www.ps-exchange.com - Stand along CAD translator program capable of translating from many popular CAD input formats to many output formats.
www.ps-team.com - Web based software program for task management.
As the only international CADCAM company that operates an in-house engineering workshop, coupled with a close relationship with customers and suppliers, you can rest assured that each software release produced by Delcam will tackle tough manufacturing challenges. Furthermore, since Delcam software is all based on Delcam's own kernel (not third party plug ins) they are unique, optimized mathematical methods for ease of use, control and flexibility.
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Delcam will demonstrate its new Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance on booth E-3222 at the IMTS exhibition to be held in Chicago from 10th to 15th September. Vortex will be the major enhancement for the 2013 release of Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining that will be launched at the show. The new strategy will also be added to the FeatureCAM software for feature-based programming and the PartMaker system for programming Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment later in the year.
Vortex, for which Delcam has a patent pending, has been developed by the company 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, three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths.
Like other Delcam roughing strategies, Vortex toolpaths are calculated to give more efficient machining by following the shape of the part and by keeping air moves to a minimum. This is particularly important for rest machining operations.
One fundamental problem with conventional area-clearance strategies is that the optimum cutting conditions only occur during a straight-line cut. Any internal corners within the model significantly increase the engagement angle of the cutter. To protect the cutter, this increase needs to be balanced by setting a lower feed rate. The user then has the choice of using this lower rate over the whole toolpath, which increases the machining time, or varying the feeds and speeds as the cutter moves around the model and so increasing wear on the cutter.
Unlike other high-speed roughing techniques that aim to maintain a constant theoretical metal-removal rate, the Vortex strategy produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation. This maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the entire toolpath that would normally be possible only for the straight-line moves. As a result, the cutting time will be shorter, while cutting will be undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and feed rate, so protecting the machine.
Because Vortex toolpaths have a controlled engagement angle, tools will never be overloaded and so will achieve the maximum tool life. Shock loading caused by changes in the contact angle is minimised, preventing chipping of the flutes. In addition, the stability of the cutting conditions gives more consistent edge temperatures, so prolonging the life of the tool coating and removing heat damage to the surface of the part. Finally, the ability to use stepdowns of up to two, or even three times, the tool diameter spreads the tool wear evenly over the cutting surface of the tool, again contributing to longer tool life.
"Anyone using the Vortex strategy will be able to hear the difference immediately,” claimed Mark Forth, Product Manager for Delcam’s Advanced Manufacturing Solutions. "Conventional roughing produces a sound of varying pitch, which indicates tool overload and chatter, while Vortex roughing gives a constant pitch, showing that the tool is operating under consistent conditions. Users will also be able to see the difference in the regular size and thickness of the chips produced, providing further evidence of the consistency of the cut.”
The new Vortex toolpaths benefit from the general advantages of PowerMILL, including support for 64-bit computing and multi-processor operation to minimise calculation times, plus the comprehensive options for leads and links. Furthermore, they can be used in association with the step-cutting strategy introduced in PowerMILL 2012 R2. This approach minimises the terracing that can result from using a large stepdown by moving back up the part and automatically generating extra toolpaths to remove additional material at intermediate slices. It optimises the amount of material that can be removed with a single tool as well as helping to maintain a more consistent removal rate by increasing the feed rate for the intermediate slices
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Following the recent acquisition of Delcam by Autodesk, the company’s 2014 Sales Partner Meeting was always going to be one of the most significant in its history. It was little surprise that the Meeting, which was held at the St. John’s Hotel in Solihull from last month, attracted the highest attendance in the company’s history.
Delcam has a launched a new website to make it easier for visitors to find details on the company and its CADCAM products and services. The new www.delcam.com site has been redesigned completely to make navigation between different sections much easier and more intuitive.
Addition of Industry Leading CAM Software to Accelerate Development of Technology for Advanced Manufacturing
Shareholders in Delcam, one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced software for manufacturing industry, today voted to accept the offer made by Autodesk to acquire the company. The acquisition is expected to be completed during February.
Delcam added more than 50 extra staff to its international workforce during 2013 to give a total of more than 700 employees within the organisation by the end of the year.
Delcam has added the Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy to the latest release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system.
Autodesk plans to acquire Delcam, saying the companies offer complementary ranges of software, with Autodesk’s programs for design, engineering and entertainment able to be combined with Delcam strengths in manufacturing.
Delcam will host a seminar on its latest CAM developments at Ingersoll Cutting Tools in Rockford, Illinois, on December 4.
The latest version of Delcam’s PowerInspect software includes enhanced inspection capabilities and expansion of its digitized curves reverse engineering and modelling capabilities.
Sodick, Inc. of Schaumburg, Illinois, hosted its Smart Technology Event on Oct 3rd and 4th. The event was located at their corporate headquarters in Schaumburg, IL and brought in over 200 attendees.
Delcam plans to give out free versions of its Delcam for SolidWorks Xpress CAM system in its booth at South-Tec, October 29-31, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C.
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If you’ve ever thought about not going to a trade show, you might want to think again. I realize there are plenty of events for mold builders so it can be overwhelming—ones focused on plastics or metalworking or a particular end market or region or technology—but the main thing is to get yourself to one to be exposed to the people, products and possibilities out there for new business. Take a look at some direct trade show findings from mold builder Byrne Tool.
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