Delcam CAM Speeds CNC Machining Programs...
CAM software from Delcam combines feature-based and knowledge-based functionality to make programming faster and easier for CNC milling, turning, wire EDM and mill-turn centres.
Delcam's FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software has a novel combination of feature-based and knowledge-based functionality to make programming faster and easier than any other CAM system Programs have the same easy-to-use interface style to minimise training times and cover CNC milling, turning, wire EDM and mill-turn centres.
Delcam told manufacturingtalk that feature-based machining divides part designs into features, such as holes, slots, pockets and bosses.
FeatureCAM ihas Automatic Feature Recognition technology that automatically identifies the features within the part and so makes the system exceptionally easy to learn and quick to use.
For each feature, FeatureCAM automatically s the most suitable tools, calculates feeds and speeds, generates toolpaths and produces NC code, in a single automated operation.
Delcam said that this knowledge-based approach ensures consistent, reliable results, even when the software is being used by inexperienced operators.
However, the system also includes editing tools that can be used by experienced programmers to modify the initial results to give more efficient machining on a particular piece of equipment.
The latest version of FeatureCAM includes greatly increased support for more advanced machine tools, such as 5-axis machines and mill-turn centres.
Other enhancements include more efficient turning through better and easier control of stock remaining, and an improved tool database with more options to link pre-defined feeds and speeds to individual tools.
FeatureCAM 2008 also features numerous smaller enhancements and speed-ups, plus new and updated post-processors, in particular for mill-turn centres, including the Mazak Integrex, Daewoo Puma and Nakamura-Tome machines.