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Original Press Release

Delcam to Launch 2012 Releases in Its CAM Software at CMTS

Press release date: Aug 18, 2011

Delcam will launch all the latest versions of its CAM systems; PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming, PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment, ArtCAM for engraving and routing and the Delcam for SolidWorks integrated CAM system for SolidWorks at CMTS on booth #2732 , at the Direct Energy Center in Toronto Ontario, October 17-20, 2011. Together, these programs comprise the world's most comprehensive range of CAM software from a single supplier. This broad coverage is one of the reasons why Delcam has been declared the world's leading specialist supplier of NC software and services for the last ten years by US analysts CIMdata. The Delcam development team is ranked as the largest in the CAM industry by CIMdata. The latest results of their work will be on demonstrated at the show, with new 2012 versions.

PowerMILL 2012, will include a number of new strategies to make programming faster and machining more efficient with the best-possible surface finish. One such enhancement is flowline machining. With flowline machining, the toolpath is divided between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover. The toolpath will have its start and end passes on the drive curves, with the intermediate passes blending between them. This approach gives smoother results since it ensures that each pass travels over the full length of the area, rather than leaving the part, or making major changes in direction, during the pass. It produces a better surface finish on the part and minimizes wear on the cutter and the machine tool.

In FeatureCAM 2012, a number of the improvements have been made to make programming even easier to use. For example, a range of keyboard shortcuts have been added, including isometric view options. In addition, warning or error messages can be displayed simply by hovering over the relevant icon in the Operations List.

Toolpath editing has also been made much easier. Toolpaths are displayed more clearly, selection of toolpaths has been simplified and an "undo" option added. Target part comparison has been extended to cover multi-axis milling operations. This allows the user to compare a model of the desired final shape with the shape achieved by the programmed toolpaths. It provides a quick check of any material remaining on the part, and of any gouges or collisions. Previously, this option was only available for 2- and 3-axis operations.

Major highlights of PartMaker 2012 include the introduction of new simulations modules, such as (KMS) Kinematic Machine Simulation modules for the enhanced simulation of multi-axis milling centers including 4-axis and 5-axis vertical machining centers as well as horizontal machining centers with multi-part tombstone fixtures. 3D simulation to support the simulation of new machine tool architectures including the latest in 5-axis machining from such leading builders as Star, Citizen and Tsugami as also been enhanced. In addition, PartMaker 2012 includes the powerful and wide array of sophisticated machining for 3, 4 and 5-axis surface machining which is based on the same powerful algorithms found in PowerMILL.

For more information on these releases and much more visit or call Delcam at 1 877 335 2261