Delcam’s Brett Hopkins will present the company’s latest developments in CADCAM for composites at the IMTS exhibition to be held in Chicago from 13th to 18th September. The presentation, which will take place in Room W193B at 3.00 on September 15th, will show how modern machining and inspection software can help companies that manufacture composite components to maximize their profitability. Potential benefits to be described include increased productivity, higher quality and shorter lead times. Particular attention will be given to new methods for finish machining that can be used for all types of composite applications, from small components for the autosport industry to large structures for marine or aerospace applications.
Many composite components are still only made to approximate sizes and are then trimmed manually to their final size during assembly. This process is both time-consuming and inaccurate. Delcam believes that composite manufacturers must be able to produce parts to similar levels of accuracy and consistency as suppliers of metal components before the materials can hope to achieve their true market potential, and that the company’s range of CADCAM software can help meet these objectives.
Even though IMTS focuses mainly on machining of metals, Mr. Hopkins expects a good audience for his presentation. "The changing patterns in materials use, especially in the aerospace industry, offer both threats and opportunities to component manufacturers and the toolmakers that support them,” claimed Mr. Hopkins. "In particular, companies that have been hit by the decline in the North American toolmaking sector could find new opportunities in the composites area. Their skills in producing complex injection moulds could be transferred relatively easily to the manufacture of tooling for compression moulding and reaction injection moulding of composites. Similarly, firms that have traditionally made models and patterns for the metals industry could turn to producing similar items for composites manufacture.”
To register for the IMTS conference, please go to www.imts.com