The 2012 version of Delcam for SolidWorks includes wire EDM programming as well as comprehensive options for programming turning, turn-mill, drilling and two- through five-axis milling operations. Enhancements include target-part comparison, the ability to compare a final-shape model with the shape achieved by the programmed tool paths, and multiple-instance programming. The latter enhancement enables users to program multiple SolidWorks components in one operation, either in the same orientation or in different orientations.
Deburring and chamfering is fully automated to speed programming of finishing operations on two- and 2.5-axis parts. Chamfers can be incorporated regardless of whether they are shown in the original SolidWorks model.
The software also incorporates enhancements from FeatureCAM 2012, including improved stock model use and new tooling database options. Stock models enable users to visualize the material remaining after each operation to eliminate air cutting, increase toolpath efficiency and reduce machining times. The models are also designed to simplify tool-size selection for rest-roughing and finishing operations.
The tooling database optimizes operating conditions associated with each tool to enhance automation. According to the company, the database is often developed by the most-experienced operator to ensure that even inexperienced personnel use safe and efficient cutting parameters.
The software combines various features associated with PowerMill and FeatureCAM systems. It offers the speed of PowerMill’s toolpath calculation, plus advanced strategies for high-speed and five-axis machining. The software also utilizes FeatureCAM’s knowledge-based automation features.
The program is fully integrated into SolidWorks. Any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the tool paths, the company says.