Delcam has launched the 2011 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, the integrated CAM system for SolidWorks. Now available from Camplex , this Delcam CAM software includes extensive options for the programming of turning and mill-turn equipment, also integrating Delcam’s innovative technology for drilling and two to five-axis milling. This expanded range of strategies and functions will enable users to program everything from lathes up to mill-turn equipment, more rapidly, more reliably and more easily than with other integrated CAM systems.
Delcam CAM software for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems, and is based around Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are used by over 30,000 customers internationally. The software offers PowerMILL’s speed of toolpath calculation, as well as the advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining, to enable increased productivity, tool life and surface finish.
The new release of Delcam takes advantage of Delcam’s most recent developments and hardware, including support for 64-bit computers. The 64-bit technology removes the memory limitations of 32-bit computers allowing more efficient toolpath generation, particularly for businesses machining complex or large-scale parts.
All of the most recent turning developments in FeatureCAM 2011 have been incorporated into the Delcam CAM software for SolidWorks, including a new finishing style that utilises separate passes to cut the faces and the diameters of the component. This approach delivers a better surface finish, helps to improve tool life and more efficiently clears the chips generated during the first pass over the part.
All additional strategies can be checked by the integrated simulation module on the computer before being passed on to the machine tool. Additionally, the range of post-processors has been extended to allow fast accurate data transfer to most types of turning equipment, including sophisticated turn-mill machines.