Delcam has released the 2011 version of its Partmaker software
Delcam has released the 2011 version of its Partmaker software, for programming turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes suitable for producing small, complex parts for medical devices and fluid power.
Highlights of Partmaker 2011 include a more powerful milling functionality, a more flexible tooling library, improved programming and simulation of bar-fed mills, more detailed mid-process documentation and a host of additional productivity enhancements.
A new way to manage tool inventory has been added based on the use of Master Tools Databases, which can be edited, manipulated and stored through external database programs such as Microsoft Excel.
Through this system, individual tools can be imported quickly for specific jobs.
This new approach makes programming more productive, as it allows users to choose tools that have already been created faster than before.
Bar-fed mill machine tool technology is increasingly being used for the production of small, complex parts for applications such as medical devices, aerospace and fluid power.
Partmaker aims to introduce a number of new features for handling the unique programming issues presented by bar-fed mills.
Improvements to the Partmaker Documentation Wizard include a number of new standard set-up sheet templates as well as the ability to create mid-process set-up sheets automatically.
These display a picture of the part being machined at each step in the machining process, as well as a graphical view of the tool used in that process.
They provide a clearer way to communicate to shop floor personnel exactly how a part should be processed and can thus speed up set-up time and reduce the possibility of errors.
In many cases, 3D simulation is more than 50 per cent faster than in previous versions.
This speed increase is particularly helpful when simulating the cutting of complex parts with large numbers of features.
The new version also lets the user see and verify all toolpaths in one sequence when programming on a solid model.
January 17, 2011
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