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New FeatureCAM CAM software more powerful and easier to use

Delcam has released the 2015 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system with a range of enhancements in three-axis milling, two-axis and five-axis drilling, turning and turn-mill, and wire EDM to make the software even more powerful and easier to use.

FeatureCAM 2015 includes automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter.
FeatureCAM 2015 includes automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter.

FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995.  Constant development since then has ensured that the system has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use, while an increased range of strategies has been added to provide more efficient toolpaths that give greater productivity on a wider range of machinery, including mill-turn machines, five-axis mills and wire EDM equipment.

Many novelties for more security and ease of use
In FeatureCAM 2015, programming of complex parts has been made easier and more reliable with the addition of automatic collision checking of the tool shank and holder, as well as the cutter, for both three-axis roughing and finishing toolpaths.  The user has the choice of either stopping the simulation immediately when a gouge is detected or of running the complete toolpath with any gouges being highlighted on the model as they are detected.  The toolpath can then be recalculated with any segments that will cause a gouge clipped away.

Intelligent integrated system
Removing these segments of the toolpath will leave an area of unmachined stock that will need to be removed with a longer tool.  This extra toolpath can be calculated using a stock model of material remaining after the shorter tool has been used to ensure there is no re-machining of stock that has already been removed. As part of this development, an additional function, called ‘maximum machine stock’, has been added that removes direct moves where clipping has occurred.  These direct moves can leave witness marks on the part so their removal improves surface finish.

The new  version includes many novelties, to learn more and see full details, including video demonstrations, go to the Learning Zone – www.delcam.tv/fc2015

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

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Delcam’s latest FeatureCAM supports right-angle heads and multiple roughing tools

Delcam has released the 2014 R2 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM which provides support for milling and drilling with right-angle heads, and one-stop programming of multiple roughing operations.  Other enhancements in this release include better control of Z-level roughing, and improvements to Wire EDM and chamfering.

The 2014 R2 version of FeatureCAM supports the programming and simulation of right-angle heads.
The 2014 R2 version of FeatureCAM supports the programming and simulation of right-angle heads.

Right-angle heads allow internal pockets to be milled and internal holes to be drilled that would be inaccessible, and so impossible to produce, using a conventional head.  They are now available as an option on an increasing range of machines, including a wide variety of mill-turn equipment.

Vortex strategy
A growing range of high-speed and high-efficiency area clearance strategies have been included in FeatureCAM in recent years, including Delcam’s unique Vortex strategy that was added in the initial 2014 release.  Vortex gives significant time savings by taking deeper cuts with solid-carbide tooling.  It allows the full flute length to be used as the cutting surface so increasing material removal rates and also maintains a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation to extend the cutter’s life and to protect the machine tool.

Machining efficiency
In FeatureCAM 2014 R2, multiple tools, for example, 20 mm, 10 mm and 5 mm end mills, can be selected for roughing and rest-roughing using these strategies, and the complete machining sequence calculated in one operation.  A stock model is created automatically after each tool is applied, which is then used as the basis for the program created with the next smaller cutter.  This regular updating of the stock model ensures that programs for the later tools are only created in areas where material still remains, so minimising air moves and optimising overall machining efficiency.

For full details, including video demonstrations of the new functionality, and to download an evaluation version of FeatureCAM, please go to www.delcam.tv/fc2014.

For further information on FeatureCAM, please contact
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081
[email protected]

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

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