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Delcam’s new PowerSHAPE offers extra “design for manufacture” functions

The 2014 release of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software offers a range of new functionality for the conversion of product designs into tooling designs.  The software now provides an even more powerful set of easy-to-use tools to increase productivity through increased automation and improved workflow.  

PowerSHAPE’s Smart Feature Manager allows users to identify all the features within a solid in a single operation.
PowerSHAPE’s Smart Feature Manager allows users to identify all the features within a solid in a single operation.

By offering a combination of modelling and reverse engineering functionality, PowerSHAPE 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 the whole product development process.

Smart Feature Manager
The Solid Doctor in PowerSHAPE has offered quick and easy repair of imported data from other CAD systems for many years.  For the 2014 release, these capabilities have been enhanced with the addition of the Smart Feature Manager.  PowerSHAPE can already recognise a variety of solid features within imported “dumb” geometry, such as fillets, slots, bosses etc.  The Smart Feature Manager allows users to identify all these features within a solid in a single operation and so makes the analysis of the imported data easier and faster.

To the help of tool designers
One common problem for tooling designers is finding fillets that are too small for successful filling of the mould.  The Smart Feature Manager can be used to identify all the fillets having radii less than a particular size so that they can be modified to more suitable values.
Another common requirement for tooling design is adding draft surfaces and split surfaces to the model. These modifications and similar repetitive tasks have been made simpler through the addition of “Apply” buttons to all the surface-creation dialogs that allow multiple operations or operations on multiple surfaces without leaving the form.  Clicking the right mouse button has the same effect as pressing “Apply”, which further speeds up repetitive operations.

Many improvements
The new version of PowerSHAPE includes many novelties and improvements, for instance:

  • The core/cavity separation wizard has been rewritten to make it even faster and more effective
  • Any ambiguous faces can be assigned to the appropriate side. If required, individual faces can be split and then attached to the correct part of the tool.
  • Throughout the process, clear graphical feedback, including undercut shading, highlights any potential moulding issues arising from the design.
  • New “solid extrusion” tool that allows solids to be created from multiple nested curves in a single operation.

Full details, including video demonstrations of the new functionality and the option to download an evaluation version, are on http://lz.powershape.com.

Delcam plc  
Small Heath Business Park,
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK
www.delcam.com
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081
[email protected]

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Delcam adds new strategies for roughing and turn-mill to FeatureCAM

Delcam has launched the 2012 R2 release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system, which includes important new strategies for roughing and turn-mill operations, alongside a range of more general enhancements to allow faster toolpath generation.

Delcam’s new FeatureCAM release supports turning with live tooling.

The main addition to FeatureCAM 2012 R2 is a series of new strategies for 2.5D roughing.  These include a continuous spiral option to minimise wear on the cutter and machine tool, high-speed roughing options, including trochoidal machining and Delcam’s patented Race Line Machining, and “tear-drop” moves to clear corners more smoothly.  In addition, more styles of leads and links can now be used to give greater overall efficiency for the toolpaths.

Stepovers for 2.5D mill roughing can now be set as large as the tool diameter itself.   Previously, stepovers were limited to 50% of the tool diameter and, if this limit was exceeded, the toolpath would leave stands.  The new algorithm supports larger stepovers by providing extra moves automatically to clean up those stands.

Other milling improvements include an option to add an extra profile pass exactly at the base of flat pockets, the ability to use face-milling tools with chamfered edges to machine chamfers as well as faces and so minimise the number of tools needed, a choice of right- or left-handed thread-milling tools resulting in either climb or conventional machining of the thread, and the ability to reduce calculation times by saving boundaries as curves if they will be needed for subsequent calculations.

And many more
The new release of FeatureCAM also includes improvement in:

  • Roughing on turning equipment with live tools
  • Turn-mill programming
  • Support for cylindrical interpolation
  • Simulation module
  • Direct cutting and pasting of models between FeatureCAM and Delcam’s PowerSHAPE
  • Ability to create machining configurations on a network as well as on an individual computer

For further information
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 0121 683 1081
[email protected]

Delcam plc
Small Heath Business Park,
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK
www.delcam.com