Delcam to Launch PartMaker in Japan at JIMTOF 2006

Delcam will launch its recently acquired PartMaker range of software in Japan on booth W0021 at the JIMTOF 2006 exhibition to be held in Tokyo from 1st - 8th November. PartMaker is the world's leading system for the programming of multi-axis lathes with live tooling and CNC Swiss-type lathes.

PartMaker is a knowledge-based machining system, allowing it to provide substantial gains in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. PartMaker thus relieves the user from the need to re-enter the same feature information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions, including allowing the simultaneous use of multiple tools on suitable equipment.

PartMaker pioneered a Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling, a system for which the company holds two U.S. patents. It makes extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data, and so is easy to learn and quick to use. For example, synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved with only a few mouse clicks.

"Many of leading builders of multi-axis lathes and CNC Swiss-type lathes are based in Japan and the country represents a large segment of the world market of end users for such machines," said PartMaker Division President Hanan Fishman. "We are confident that we can repeat the success of our software in Japan and that the Japanese machine tool market can benefit greatly from PartMaker's unique technology."

At JIMTOF, Delcam will be demonstrating the new Full Machine Simulation module in PartMaker. This new simulation module provides improved error checking and collision detection to PartMaker users by allowing them to perform an even more robust machining simulation. The machine model being simulated incorporates machine specific tool holders and attachments to assure that any possible collisions that could occur on the machine will be detected off-line on the user's PC. The ability to detect such problems off-line is beneficial for CNC programmers and machinists because it means they will have to spend less time in setting up new jobs and performing dry runs to assure there are no collisions on the machine.

"The ability to simulate machining of a programmed part using a true machine model off-line will allow PartMaker users to turn their Windows desktop into a 'virtual machine'," according to Mr Fishman. "Such accurate machine simulation will give the user unprecedented confidence that the program they generate off-line with PartMaker will work flawlessly on the machine."

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