Delcam to Hold Free Technical Update Seminars Across North America

Delcam will summarize developments in its latest software releases for its North American customers at a series of free Technical Update Seminars to be held in September and October.  Demonstrations will cover the recent enhancements in PowerSHAPE, PowerMILL, and FeatureCAM that can increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times.  Delcam employs the largest development team in the CAM industry.  By attending an update seminar, users will be able to maximize their benefit from this investment in the latest design and manufacturing techniques. 

The dates and locations are Tuesday September 27th at Seco Tools in Troy, Michigan, Wednesday September 28th at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor, Ontario, Friday September 30th at Sandvik in Mississauga, Ontario, Tuesday October 18th at SeekTech in San Diego, California and Thursday October 20th at Selway Tool in Buena Park California.

Delcam North America President, Glenn McMinn said, "Holding free update technical seminars on our advanced manufacturing software not only gives our customers the opportunity to benefit from their investment but also gives new companies a chance to see the advantage of what a CAM supplier like Delcam with the largest development team in the industry can do for their design and manufacturing techniques.”

Delegates to the meetings will have their first opportunity to see the new release of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software for product design, tooling design and reverse engineering.  The 2012 version incorporates the first direct modeling capabilities, alongside many improvements to the existing combination of solid, surface and triangle modeling capabilities.  The new direct modeling options are aimed principally at toolmakers that need quick and easy methods to edit imported CAD data to make it suitable for tooling design.

The most important new option to be demonstrated in PowerMILL 2012 will be flowline machining.  With flowline machining, the toolpath is divided between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover.  This produces a better surface finish on the part and minimizes wear on the cutter and the machine tool. Other enhancements include control of the angular point distribution during five-axis machining, new thread milling options and improved workplane editing.  It has also been made easier to obtain measurements, including distances, angles and directions, from the part model and enter these values into PowerMILL forms automatically.

A number of the improvements to be shown in FeatureCAM 2012 will make the software even easier to use.  A range of keyboard shortcuts have been added and toolpath editing has been made much easier.
Other improvements include further developments in the use of stock models to cover 2D features, including bosses, sides and slots, extra options within the tooling database, the ability to automatically counterbore holes before drilling, fully-automated de-burring and chamfering, the possibility to create a negative leave allowance (such as a fitting allowance) for turning or wire EDM to produce undersized features without remodeling, and much improved performance on the largest part files with hundreds of thousands of entities.


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