Delcam to launch feature-based programming at Vienna-Tec

Top Quote Delcam will launch its feature-based CAM system, FeatureCAM, in Austria at the Vienna-Tec exhibition to be held from 12th to 15th October. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 30, 2010 - This will be part of a growing emphasis by Delcam on the Austrian market over the coming months, with plans under way to increase the promotion of the PowerINSPECT inspection software and of the company’s specialist software for the design and manufacture of dental restorations and orthotics.

    FeatureCAM incorporates unique knowledge-based programming methods that provide a higher level of automation than is available in other CAM software. This makes the generation of toolpaths faster and easier, and ensures that even inexperienced users can produce high-quality results.

    In the fifteen years since FeatureCAM was first released, machine tool manufacturers have made their equipment much more productive, in particular through the development of high-speed machining and through the introduction of five-axis and multi-tasking equipment that can produce even complex parts in a single operation. However, the time taken to generate the machining programs has still made the overall production time too long, especially when only a single item or a small number of parts is needed.

    FeatureCAM overcomes this barrier by using its unique feature-based and knowledge-based technology to allow programming in seconds. Furthermore, FeatureCAM’s exceptional ease of use makes it ideal for engineers that are not CAM specialists but who need to make prototype models of their designs or machine short production runs.

    FeatureCAM’s Automatic Feature Recognition first identifies the machining features of the part and then automatically selects the tooling, machining strategies, and speeds and feeds to machine each feature efficiently. The selection can be made using the built-in machining knowledge that Delcam supplies ‘out of the box’ within FeatureCAM, or from experience captured from the company’s or individual user’s manufacturing preferences. Operator input is minimised by using features to automate parameter selection, so providing a much faster and simpler programming process.

    The 2011 release of FeatureCAM to be shown at Vienna-Tec will incorporate support for 64-bit computers, improved data exchange from a wider range of design software, the ability to use stock models and new strategies across the complete program, from turning to five-axis machining. The program also features a more modern interface to make programming easier than ever.

    The large number of improvements reflects the increased investment in development of the software since its acquisition by Delcam in 2005. FeatureCAM has also benefited from Delcam’s large investment in areas like data exchange and post-processing that can be applied across the company’s complete family of CAM software.

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