PartMaker Version 2014 Features New and Innovative Technology

Originally titled 'Version 2014 Features New and Innovative Technology'

Delcam’s PartMaker Inc. division has released PartMaker 2014, which marks the introduction of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance into the PartMaker CAM suite.

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Delcam’s PartMaker Inc. division has released PartMaker 2014, which marks the introduction of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance into the PartMaker CAM suite. Other enhancements in the 2014 version include improved back-turning and 2D pocketing functionality, support for additional tool types, fast programming of lead-in and lead-out moves and a new NC program viewer among other improvements, the company says.

With their unique geometry and cutting characteristics, back-turning tools can eliminate the need for multiple tools and can therefore reduce cycle time and improve surface finish.

The improved 2D pocketing functionality allows for more efficient and intelligent material removal from 2D pockets. The raster finishing strategy in PartMaker ASM has also been enhanced, resulting in less fragmented tool paths without overlaps when machining highly complex shapes, thus improving part surface finish.

PartMaker 2014 lead-in and lead-out dialogs have been combined into one form where values can automatically be copied from lead-in moves to lead-out moves, or vice versa. This productivity enhancement speeds up programming, reduces mouse clicks and decreases the chance of making an error, the company says.

The NC Program Viewer function allows improved analysis of the NC code generated by PartMaker to help achieve optimum productivity from the machine