Delcam’s Australian reseller, Camplex, will promote the company’s complete range of CAM software and services at the AUSTECH exhibition to be held in Melbourne from 24th to 27th May. Programs on show will include the latest version of Delcam for SolidWorks, plus the 2011 releases of PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, and PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment.
Together, these programs comprise the world’s most comprehensive range of CAM software from a single suppler. This broad coverage is one of the reasons why Delcam has been ranked as the world’s leading specialist supplier of NC software and services by US analysts Cimdata for the past ten years. It means that large companies can source all of their CAM requirements from a single supplier, while smaller organisations can be sure that they can obtain exactly the software they need, rather than having to accept a compromise solution.
Delcam for SolidWorks marked a new direction for Delcam. Previously, the company had supplied all of its machining software as stand-alone systems that could be linked to any CAD program. In contrast, Delcam for SolidWorks is fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It offers full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model will be reflected automatically in the toolpaths.
The 2011 release includes comprehensive options for the programming of turning and mill-turn equipment, alongside Delcam’s industry-leading technology for drilling, and two- through five-axis milling. This expanded range of strategies will allow 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 2011 version of PowerMILL makes the programming of safe toolpaths easier than ever thanks to new stock-model-engagement options that protect both the cutting tool and the machine from excessive loading. Other enhancements include new editing capabilities to simplify the machining of duplicate items; more versatile control of feed-rates for leads and links; and extra functionality for sketching, plus the completion of the move to the new clearer forms for the complete range of strategies.
FeatureCAM 2011 incorporates support for 64-bit computers, improved data exchange from a wider range of design software, the ability to use stock models and new strategies across the complete program, from turning to five-axis machining. The new release also has a more modern interface to make programming easier than ever.
Major highlights of PartMaker 2011 include more powerful milling functionality, a more flexible tooling library, improved programming and simulation of bar-fed mills, more detailed mid-process documentation and a host of additional productivity enhancements. In particular, multi-axis milling functionality that has taken Delcam many man-years to develop continues to be added to PartMaker at a rapid pace.