At Rapid 3D Manufacturing Event Delcam, an Autodesk company since 2014 will show how its software and services can help manufacturing companies in a wide range of industries increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times. The conference will be held from May 16- May 19, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center West Building in Orlando Florida.
Delcam offers a comprehensive collection of CAM systems: PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for quick and easy feature-based programming, PartMaker for the programming of turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes and ArtCAM for artistic applications. This broad range means that Delcam’s larger customers can source all their CAM requirements from a single supplier, while also ensuring that smaller organizations can choose a system that matches their requirements.
The machining range is complemented by the PowerSHAPE design and reverse engineering software, and PowerINSPECT, the world’s leading hardware-independent inspection software.
By offering a combination of solid, surface and direct modelling, together with reverse engineering, PowerSHAPE Pro provides the most comprehensive range of design techniques available in a single CAD program. Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines any modelling-for-manufacture projects that require both reverse-engineering and CAD functionality.
An example of how Delcam's complete CADCAM solutions - PowerSHAPE, PowerMILL and PowerINSPECT - were used to reverse engineer the Rudy Project Windmax cycle helmet on multiple manufacturing platforms, including a Comau robot, CMS router, Isper machine tool and a Mazak Variaxis j600-5AX go to http://www.delcam.tv/delcam-video.asp?VideoId=382.
PowerSHAPE Pro versatility will be displayed further at Rapid 3D with demonstration on how we can connect to most scanning hardware to capture and display scan data in real time. In the 2016 release, it is possible to switch between measuring modes when using devices that offer data collection by both laser scanning and point probing. A split-screen alignment option makes it quick and easy to combine multiple scans, taken, for example, from the opposite sides of a part. The method allows accurate snapping of alignment points, ensuring that the resultant single CAD model is a good representation of the scanned object.
Reverse engineering from probed points is now possible for prismatic parts, with a new ability to identify planes, cylinders, cones and other primitives, or to create wireframe arcs and lines, directly. This approach is usually faster and can often be more accurate than using scan data to create prismatic areas of a model.
Another recent option is the ability to morph a complete solid or surface model to a mesh. This can be used to compensate for spring-back when pressed parts are released from their tooling. Morphing can be used to update a nominal CAD model to match the part as it is made in reality or to modify the surfaces of the tool so that the part can be produced in the desired shape represented by the CAD model.
Of course, maintaining technical leadership across this product range requires a significant investment in research and development, this is why Delcam has the largest development team in the CAM industry.
In its early years, Delcam was principally known as a supplier to the toolmaking sector, especially to manufacturers of injection molds for the plastics industry but also to die makers, patternmakers and producers of press tools. Over the last ten years, the company has diversified into many other areas of manufacturing.
All Delcam staff work closely with customers to understand their requirements in detail, and to respond quickly and effectively to any changes in their design and manufacturing methods. Furthermore, Delcam is the only international CADCAM Company that operates an in-house engineering workshop allowing thorough validation of all software before it is released. This facility, coupled with close relationships with suppliers of machine tools and other related equipment gives Delcam’s staff a unique knowledge of the problems face by their customers as so allows the development of solutions that are both powerful and practical.
For more information on Delcam products and our customer and machine tool partners visit www.delcam.tv.