Delcam will demonstrate the latest developments in its CADCAM products on Booth #2812 at WESTEC at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 27th to 29th March. The range of enhancements enables faster and easier programming for CNC machining and produces more efficient tool paths to give greater machine productivity.
The most important enhancement in PowerMILL 2012, Delcam’s system for high-speed and five-axis machining is Flowline Machining. This dedicated strategy for high-speed machining divides the toolpath between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover. This approach gives fewer sudden changes of direction and so produces a superior part surface finish, with less wear on the cutter and the machine tool.
FeatureCAM 2012, the latest release of the leading feature-based CAM system, includes a range of enhancements for quick and accurate CAM programming for production machining on lathes, mills and mill-turn machines. Two new strategies are – back boring and spiral roughing. Back boring allows more parts to be completed in a single set-up, with larger bores able to be produced on the reverse side of the part. Spiral roughing can be used instead of Z-level roughing. It uses a single continuous toolpath instead of a series of levels giving a smoother finish with no dwell marks.
Major highlights of PartMaker 2012 include a new module for the simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centers, improved simulation for the latest breed of multi-axis, turn-mill and Swiss-lathe machine architectures, more powerful surface machining strategies, and improved program visualization, as well as a host of additional productivity enhancements.
The 2012 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, the SolidWorks Certified Gold Partner product for CAM programming within the SolidWorks environment, includes programming of wire EDM for the first time, alongside the comprehensive options for the programming of turning, mill-turn, drilling and two- through five-axis milling.
Last but not least, the major change to the 2012 release of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD system is a range of direct modeling options. Unlike other programs that have incorporated direct modeling as part of a product design system, the PowerSHAPE options are focused on design for manufacture, in particular on preparing product designs for the development of molds and other types of tooling.
The new functionality will enable tooling designers to tackle all the common problems that they find in product designs, such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes. Direct modeling is faster to use than surface modeling and so can shorten the overall time needed to produce tooling designs. Together with the extensive data translation and data repair options already available in PowerSHAPE, the addition of direct modeling gives a unique range of capabilities to programmers and designers.