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Tool fabrication flexibility

Delcam plc (Birmingham, UK) has selected the AMMO exhibition taking place in Las Vegas Aug. 17-19, 2009 to launch the latest version of its FeatureCAM feature-based machining software. The new release to be unveiled at Stand 428 will include enhancements across the full range of FeatureCAM functionality, reflecting the increased investment in development of the software since its acquisition by Delcam in 2005.

Delcam plc (Birmingham, UK) has selected the AMMO exhibition taking place in Las Vegas Aug. 17-19, 2009 to launch the latest version of its FeatureCAM feature-based machining software. The new release to be unveiled at Stand 428 will include enhancements across the full range of FeatureCAM functionality, reflecting the increased investment in development of the software since its acquisition by Delcam in 2005.

The most innovative new programming option, says Delcam, is combined drilling and milling functionality that will allow more efficient hole creation on machines fitted with automatic tool changing. It generates roughing and finishing toolpaths to produce any holes for which the appropriate drill is not loaded, using the existing tooling within the machine’s crib. The new option is much faster than having to change the tooling available to match the set of hole sizes in each job, especially for companies manufacturing prototypes or short-run components.



Screen shot from Delcam's latest FeatureCAM release.

It will also allow complex molds to be fabricated more easily in cases where the range of hole sizes is larger than the number of positions in the crib. In addition, the number of different tools that need to be stocked can be reduced and it will be much simpler to move jobs between different machine tools. Companies that do not have automatic tool changing on their machines can also benefit because in some cases; it will be possible to use a combination of drilling and milling with a single cutter to generate all the holes in a part. [email protected]

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