Delcam has released the 2015 R2 version of its PowerMILL programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining. The new release includes improvements in toolpath simulation and verification, area clearance and drilling, plus more options for customisation by users.
In the 2015 R2 release, complete verification can be undertaken of a project for machine-tool issues such as collisions, rather than having to undertake verification of each individual toolpath in turn. Comprehensive verification is performed, including ensuring that the machine tool is capable of running the proposed strategy, as well as checking for both machine-tool collisions and tooling collisions. A detailed list is generated of any problems found so that these can be fixed on a case-by-case basis.
In related improvement, automatic collision checking of area-clearance toolpaths now takes into account any remaining stock on a model, both when checking the cutter and the tool-holder. In addition, all tool-holder collision checking for area clearance takes place during toolpath calculation, allowing the user to ensure that these toolpaths can be completely free of tool-holder collisions.
There are many more highlights on PowerMILL 2015 R2, you can watch a video demonstrations of the new functionality there: www.delcam.tv/pm2015/lz
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