Delcam's PartMaker solution for medical devices on show at OrthoTec


Delcam will show how its PartMaker CAM system can benefit manufacturers of implantable medical devices for orthopaedic applications at the OrthoTec exhibition to be held in Lake Winona, Indiana on 24th and 25th May.  PartMaker is a unique, dedicated solution for programming turn-mill centres and Swiss- type lathes.

"Implantable orthopaedic devices are getting more complicated with each passing year,” said PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman.  "PartMaker 2011 gives our users the tools to make more complex medical devices more productively on a wide platform of CNC equipment from Swiss-type lathes to bar-fed mills, and everything in between.”

"Since joining Delcam, the functionality, capability and power of the PartMaker CAM software suite has grown massively by taking advantage of Delcam's extensive development resources.  Delcam’s worldwide team of over 225 developers is the CAM software industry’s largest development team.  Multi-axis milling functionality that has taken Delcam many, many man years to develop is being added to PartMaker at a rapid pace and reduced cost, which provides a major benefit to the product's end users.”

"PartMaker Version 2011 also has an optional module for 3D design, providing PartMaker users best in breed software for both CNC programming and addressing ‘design for manufacturability’ issues,” added Mr. Fishman.  The PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker allows users to design 3D models, repair poor quality 3D data and modify 3D geometry.  It features the powerful "Solid Doctor” utility, to tackle the common problems that can be found when translating low-precision and incomplete 3D data by detecting and repairing faults in engineering models and generating a valid, high-precision solid model ready for programming in PartMaker.

PartMaker Version 2011 lets users manage their tool inventory in a new, more universal manner through the use of "Master Tools Databases.”  Master Tools Databases can be edited, manipulated and stored through external database programs like Microsoft Excel and individual tools can be quickly imported for specific jobs.  This new approach makes programming more productive because it allows users to choose tools already created more quickly than before.

Bar-fed mills are a new breed of machine tool technology that is growing more popular for the production of small, complex parts including medical devices.  With Version 2011, PartMaker aims to establish itself as the market leading system for automating the programming of bar-fed mills by introducing a number of new features for handling the unique programming issues presented by these machines and by adding robust post-processors for machines from leading builders like Willemin-Macodel, Bumotec, Chiron, Mazak, Star and others.

PartMaker 2011 includes a number of enhancements to the software’s sophisticated surface machining strategies.  These improvements include the addition of a more powerful surface-swarfing strategy.  The new version also includes the addition of 4-axis swarfing, which allows more sophisticated milling to be undertaken on machines only capable of 4-axis cutting.

Other enhancements include mid-process set-up sheets that include an image of the part after each operation, faster simulation and verification, user defined fonts for engraving, more powerful and flexible turning and 2D milling toolpaths, improved geometry import functions including support of SolidWorks 2011, DWG import and a free STEP translator, simulation of pinch milling, many enhancements to make the PowerMILL interface faster and more efficient, and new and improved context-sensitive help.

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