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Delcam previews new CAM programs at Toronto seminar


June 22, 2009
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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CAM software provider Delcam showcased a number of new products and new versions at a free Productivity Seminar held earlier this month at the Sandvik Canada Technical Center near Toronto.

“We hold these regular events to ensure our customers, and prospects alike, are aware of these new developments so that they can gain the maximum benefit from Delcam’s software,” explained Delcam Canada vice-president Mark Cadogan.

Enhancements were shown across Delcam’s range of CAM products, including FeatureCAM for feature-based programming of mills, lathes and complex multi-tasking and multi-axis machines; PartMaker for turn-mill equipment and Swiss type lathes; and PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining. “

The most significant of the new developments was the latest version of PowerMILL, which incorporates support for parallel processing on multi-core computers. The result, the company says, is even-faster calculation times than PowerMILL 9, providing dramatically-increased output. Individual toolpaths can be generated more quickly and the user can prepare data in the foreground while the computer calculates toolpaths in the background.” Furthermore, the computer will continue with a series of calculations automatically during the user’s breaks or overnight.

Delcam’s range of quality control software was also featured, including the latest release of PowerINSPECT, which incorporates a new interface for “simple” measurements. Other enhancements include more flexible handling of geometric data sets, easier methods to add extra data and improved reporting.

“We were able to show our software range to existing and potential customers, and to several of our machine tool partners,” Cadogan reported.” “They all seemed very impressed with what they saw.

“I am sure those in attendance left with the impression that Delcam are making sure both that our products are here for the long haul and that we have every intention of coming out of the current economic times stronger than most of our competition.”