Integrated CAM for SolidWorks
By Mary Del
Delcam’s 2012 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, includes programming of wire EDM for the first time, alongside the options for the programming of turning, mill-turn, drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Other enhancements include target-part comparison (the ability to compare a model of the desired final shape with the shape achieved by the programmed toolpaths), and multiple-instance programming (the programming of multiple SolidWorks components in one operation, either in the same orientation or in different orientations). Fully automated de-burring and chamfering has also been added to give faster programming of these finishing operations on two- or 2.5-axis parts. Delcam for SolidWorks 2012 also incorporates enhancements from the 2012 release of FeatureCAM, including improvements in the use of stock models and new options in the tooling database.