The 2014 version of Delcam FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software includes new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations, as well as more strategies for two-axis finishing and easier programming of probing sequences.
The software now provides the capability to add fillets to sharp corners without having to edit the geometry in turning operations. The user specifies the radius to be applied, and sharp corners will be filleted automatically. Turning simulation is also more realistic with the ability to program and simulate the steady-rest movements to position large parts during turning. Collision detection against the steady-rest and tailstock is automatic during cutting and transfer operations.
Programming turn-mill and four-axis equipment has been simplified with the ability to change the index partway through programming simply by creating a new user coordinate system to use as the new index axis, the company says. Added options for two-axis finishing include the ability to use larger stepovers with automatic machining of upstands, continuous spiral machining either from outside to inside or vice-versa, support for stock models created from roughing toolpaths, and automatic avoidance of clamps.
FeatureCAM 2013 featured the ability to incorporate probing routines into machining programs. This programming is said to be easier and faster in the 2014 version with built-in options.
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