Delcam to show full CAM range at MFG4

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Delcam will show its full range of CAM software at the MFG4 exhibiton to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, from 3rd to 5th May.  Programs to be demonstrated will include the 2016 releases of PartMaker for the programming of turn-mill machines and Swiss-type lathes, FeatureCAM for automated programming of production machining and PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining.

Headlining PartMaker 2016 is a completely revamped approach to 2½ axis milling operations across the entire product range including PartMaker Mill, Turn-Mill and SwissCAM.  PartMaker 2016 offers a host of new 2½ axis milling options based on Delcam’s proprietary milling technology; technology developed and supported by the industry’s largest CAM-focused development team.  This new milling functionality is specifically targeted at the needs of production machining applications, allowing users not only to program faster but also to machine parts faster than ever before.

PartMaker 2016 also includes the CAM software industry’s first dedicated functionality for broaching.  Broaching is a deformative manufacturing technique for creating features with sharp corners.  While broaching has its roots in old world screw machine technology, it has become a popular machining technique today, particularly in the medical device field in bone screw applications with hex shapes, Torx or Hex lobular and square and spline drives.

FeatureCAM 2016 delivers a wide range of new features and improvements including more five-axis functionality, as well as added control and simulation capabilities for multi-axis machines. Introduced in 2016 R2 is the ability to machine features aligned to the Z axis by using the C axis, rather than by moving the X and Y axis.  The option, which is commonly known as polar milling or polar indexing can be used in situations where the machine cannot travel beyond a certain linear point; instead the C axis can be used to rotate the part within the machining envelop.  The automation inside FeatureCAM allows users to produce the results they want, particularly in the military and defense field where parts have to produce with precision and speed.

Finally, PowerMILL continues to improve the software to help aerospace companies whenever they need to increase productivity, to reduce lead times or to improve quality and consistency. Recent developments include PowerMILL strategies for blisk machining, developed in partnership with Technicut cutting tools.  The new process delivered a 51% saving in cycle time and a 45% reduction in milling costs.  A video demonstration can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1nqbQHV1Ew

Another successful partnership, this time with Iruba, included PowerMILL’s trochoidal strategies to program the operation with very high material removal rates with lower, and more consistent, cutting forces. This can be seen in the video www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcU3LaZA9yA.

Delcam has also completed many projects on the use of robots to replace manual finishing operations, including a system for the polishing of turbine blades by robot developed in association with Finland-based JOT Automation.  This uses an ABB robot driven by a combination of Delcam software including PowerMILL Robot and PowerINSPECT and can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kZOE6KP8U8

Delcam is also working on additive manufacturing, with the company’s adaptive machining technology used to program hybrid machines like those produced by Hamuel.  This combines five technologies in one unit – five-axis CNC milling, laser cladding, robot polishing, inspection and laser marking, all programmed with Delcam software.  An example of the machine’s use for blade repair can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kZOE6KP8U8  

For more detailed information on all Delcam’s latest software releases, please go to www.delcam.tv/lz

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