Delcam will be the only CADCAM supplier present at Sharp Industries’ Tech Center Grand Opening on February 4th and 5th in Torrance, California. The company will present the latest developments in its Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy.
The Grand Opening will include machine demos, training sessions, lunch and much more. Visitors will get a first-hand look and demo of Sharp Industries new high precision 5-axis Vertical Machining Centers programmed with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM software. The open house will include presentations from other top companies describing their latest developments to increase machine tool productivity, followed by live demonstrations of high-efficiency machining.
Federico Libertini, Delcam’s Account Manager for Southern California, will present the latest advances in Delcam’s new Vortex area-clearance strategy. This unique technology was first introduced as part of the PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining and is now also inside FeatureCAM, Delcam’s feature-based CAM system.
FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995. Constant development since then has ensured that the system has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use, while an increased range of strategies has been added to provide more efficient toolpaths giving greater productivity on a wider range of machines.
The latest in a growing range of high-speed and high-efficiency strategies that have been included in FeatureCAM in recent years, Vortex gives significant time savings by taking deeper cuts with solid-carbide tooling. It allows the full flute length to be used as the cutting surface so increasing material removal rates and also maintains a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation to extend the cutter’s life and to protect the machine tool.
In FeatureCAM 2014 R2, multiple tools, for example, 20 mm, 10 mm and 5 mm end mills, can be selected for roughing and rest-roughing using these strategies, and the complete machining sequence calculated in one operation. A stock model is created automatically after each tool is applied, which is then used as the basis for the program created with the next smaller cutter. This regular updating of the stock model ensures that programs for the later tools are only created in areas where material still remains, so minimizing air moves and optimizing overall machining efficiency.
Rough machining has also been improved in FeatureCAM with a new option to set the direction in which Z-level roughing toolpaths are offset. A simple button allows the user to select whether the part should be machined from the outside inwards or from the inside towards the outside. An automatic option can also be chosen where FeatureCAM will decide the offset direction, depending on whether a core or a cavity shape is being machined.