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Delcam to show CAM Automation Products at IMTS

Automation for five-axis machining, intelligent manufacturing systems, and inspection

Published: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 15:09

(Delcam: Birmingham, UK) -- Delcam, an Autodesk company since 2014, continues to improve the software to help companies that need to increase productivity and reduce lead times. This often involves a re-imagined approach towards innovation and the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) with connected systems. Visitors to IMTS, held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, Sept. 12–17, can visit Delcam in booth E-3222 and discover recent developments in automation for five-axis machining, intelligent manufacturing systems, and inspection.

New computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software algorithms in PowerMILL have made programming five-axis mills easier than ever before, including digitally verifying the code for safety once programmed. PowerMILL can undertake complete verification of a project for machine-tool issues such as collisions, rather than having to undertake verification of each individual toolpath in turn. Comprehensive verification is performed, including ensuring that the machine tool is capable of running the proposed strategy, as well as checking for both machine-tool collisions and tooling collisions during cutting moves and for all leads and links, including machine-tool movements as tool changes are executed. A detailed list is generated of any problems found so that these can be fixed on a case-by-case basis.

Automated CAM software such as FeatureCAM was developed to alleviate many manufacturing challenges by automating the workflow from design to NC code. These include more options for the Vortex high-efficiency roughing strategy, support for bar-fed mills, more efficient turning, increased five-axis functionality, and user-interface improvements to make programming even easier and faster.

An improvement to automatic tool selection includes a check of the diameter of the tool shank. If the shank diameter is found to be larger than the diameter of the cutting portion of the tool, FeatureCAM will choose a tool of the appropriate length to avoid collisions of the shank with the part. When used in combination with PowerSHAPE, FeatureCAM now allows machining files to be selected and nested automatically in a single block to optimize stock material usage. Machine design files now appear on a document level, making it easier to check visually which file is loaded. This also makes it quicker to edit the set-up location of the component and to change the machine-design file for the post-processor that is currently loaded.

Finally, the latest release of PowerINSPECT makes it easier to complete and accurately inspect complex assemblies, including mold tools. PowerINSPECT can now incorporate probe changes into fully automated measurement sequences. The new version also includes automatic feature extraction for point-cloud batch inspection, easier navigation of the history tree, better control over RPS alignments, and new options for collision checking.


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Delcam develops, markets, and supports advanced CAD/CAM solutions for the manufacturing industry. Delcam’s range of design, manufacturing, and inspection software provides complete, automated CAD/CAM solutions to take complex-shaped products from concept to reality. Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Delcam is known for its high-quality support throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Its U.S. head office is in Salt Lake City.