Camplex partner Delcam has introduced a new data repair module for its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system.
Based on functionality from Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software, the data repair module will allow FeatureCAM users to repair poor quality CAD models from a wide range of design software.
Once repaired, the models will be able to take full advantage of the highly automated programming provided by FeatureCAM.
Delcam’s Solid Doctor at the heart of the new data repair module allows users to read in and repair automatically, models from a variety of sources including standard formats such as IGES and STEP in addition to native files such as CATIA, Pro/Engineer and Inventor, and output a file that can be read directly into FeatureCAM.
The Solid Doctor function can deal with common problems occurring while translating low precision and incomplete data, including gaps and overlaps between surfaces, or duplicated and missing surfaces, generating a valid, high-precision model ready for programming.
A combination of automated and advanced tools means that simple repairs can be carried out quickly and easily. Deleting and replacing the existing surfaces within the model can overcome more complex problems.
Solid Doctor first analyses the model and highlights any problems found with a warning label. When the automated repair sequence is run, each corrected issue has its label changed from red to green as it is repaired.
For more serious problems, replacement surfaces are generated in the affected area using Smart Surfacing technology from PowerSHAPE.
The user simply deletes the existing surfaces and sketches around the area to be repaired. The software will then analyse the boundary and suggest the most appropriate type of surface to fill the space.
Once the user is satisfied with the quality of the repaired surfaces, they are automatically incorporated back into the model. This process continues until all the inconsistencies have been resolved and a model created that is suitable for machining.
Delcam Marketing Manager, Peter Dickin comments that speed and ease of use are the main benefits of FeatureCAM.
The Solid Doctor provides an equally fast and simple method for repairing imported CAD files, and will help to further shorten the lead time needed to move from computer model to machined part.