Delcam will show the 2011 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks®, at the SolidWorks World exhibition to be held in San Antonio, Texas, from 23rd to 26th January. This latest release includes comprehensive options for the programming of turning and mill-turn equipment, alongside the company’s industry-leading technology for drilling and two- through five-axis milling. The expanded range of strategies allows users to program everything from lathes up to mill-turn equipment, more quickly, more reliably and more easily than with other integrated CAM systems.
The software was awarded recently Certified Gold Product status by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. This award confirms both the integration of the system with SolidWorks software and the overall high performance when creating toolpaths from SolidWorks models.
"Delcam has done a great job integrating its CAM functionality into the SolidWorks environment,” commented Craig Therrien, SolidWorks Product Manager, at the time of the award. "The level of automation, particularly the automatic tool selection, is amazing. I’m also impressed by the software’s overall ease of use, as well as the number of post-processors that are available for all major machine tool manufacturers, particularly because they are provided with the software at no extra cost.”
Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 30,000 customers around the world. The software offers PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials. At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks has the same strong focus on ease of use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes that system so consistent and reliable.
The 2011 release of Delcam for SolidWorks benefits from all of Delcam’s recent developments to take advantage of the latest hardware, including support for 64-bit computers. 64-bit technology removes the memory limitations of 32-bit computers so allowing more efficient toolpath generation, especially for companies machining large or complex parts. The use of the latest multi-threading technologies has been extended to further increase user productivity. In addition, improved memory management within the software gives faster calculation times, with the greatest benefits again coming when programming larger or more complex components.