CAM Software Automates Workflow

Delcam, an Autodesk company, will show new CAM software algorithms in PowerMill to improve programming of five-axis mills, including digitally verifying the code for safety once programmed.

Delcam, an Autodesk company, will show new CAM software algorithms in PowerMill to improve programming of five-axis mills, including digitally verifying the code for safety once programmed. This software can check a complete project for machine-tool issues such as collisions, rather than having to undertake verification of each individual toolpath in turn. It verifies that the machine tool is capable of running the proposed strategy, as well as checking for both machine-tool collisions and tooling collisions, during cutting moves and for all leads and links, including machine-tool movements as tool changes are executed

Also on display will be FeatureCAM, a CAM product that automates the workflow from design to NC code. Features include more options for the Vortex high-efficiency roughing strategy, support for bar-fed mills, more efficient turning, increased five-axis functionality and user-interface changes to improve programming. The software improves automatic tool selection by checking the diameter of the tool shank. If the shank diameter is found to be larger than the diameter of the cutting portion of the tool, the product will choose a tool of the appropriate length to avoid collisions of the shank with the part.

In combination with the company’s PowerShape, the system enables machining files to be selected and nested automatically in a single block to optimize stock material usage. Machine design files appear on a document level, enabling the user to visually check which file is loaded. According to the company, this also makes it quicker to edit the setup location of the component and to change the machine-design file for the postprocessor that is currently loaded.