Camplex, Delcam’s reseller in New Zealand and Australia, will demonstrate the latest versions of the Delcam range of CAM software at the AUSTECH exhibition to be held in Sydney from 8th to 11th May. Delcam employs the largest team of CAM developers of any supplier and the results of their work will be seen in new releases of PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment and the Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system.
The 2012 R2 version of PowerMILL CAM includes new and enhanced strategies for both roughing and finishing, such as step cutting within area clearance and the ability to use polar milling when programming machines with a rotary table. Full details of both the 2012R1 and R2 releases, including videos demonstrating the new functionality, can be seen on lz.powermill.com.
The 2012 R2 release of FeatureCAM also includes important new strategies for roughing and turn-mill operations, alongside a range of more general enhancements to allow faster toolpath generation. The main addition is a series of new strategies for 2.5D roughing, including a continuous spiral option to minimise wear on the cutter and machine tool, high-speed roughing options, including trochoidal machining and Delcam’s patented Race Line Machining, and "tear-drop” moves to clear corners more smoothly. Videos of this functionality can be seen onlz.featurecam.com.
Major highlights of the 2012 release of PartMaker include improved visualisation, more powerful simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centres, support for the latest breed of multi-axis bar-fed mills, turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes, greater flexibility and control in process development. New rotary machining functionality allows the user to perform 3D surface machining using cylindrical interpolation, while the software’s powerful Full Machine Simulation technology has been extended to vertical and horizontal machining centres. These options can be seen on www.delcam.tv/pmk2012.
Finally, the 2012 R2 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, the integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, includes new modules for b-axis turn-mill and four-axis wire EDM, plus numerous improvements to the existing functions for rough milling and finishing. As a Gold Partner CAM product, it is, of course, fully compatible with the latest release of SolidWorks. To see more, please go to lz.delcamforsolidworks.com.