Software Offers New Functionality, Enhanced Capability

PartMaker, a division of Delcam, offers Partmaker version 2010 software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.

PartMaker, a division of Delcam, offers Partmaker version 2010 software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes. The software features an optional module designed to perform simultaneous five-axis swarf milling on multi-axis lathes. Swarf machining enables side cutting with an end mill while proceeding along the surface of a part. This technique can be used for profiling the edge of components with the side of the tool in order to remove material. Compared to traditional thee-axis milling strategies, five-axis simultaneous swarf machining can reduce machining time and improve surface finish, the company says. Swarfing techniques also enable parts to be machined complete in a single setup through advanced deburring techniques.

An optional direct interface to PowerMill enables the 2010 software to provide virtually all complex five-axis machining strategies currently supported by PowerMill, including blade and blisk machining as well as three-axis strategies. Within the software’s working environment, users can directly import PowerMill tool paths; manipulate and synchronize these tool paths on PowerMill’s process table; and simulate and postprocess the program.  
 
The software features a number of advanced 2 ½-axis milling routines not available in previous versions, including a variety of high speed machining strategies, trochoidal milling, rest-area machining, face milling and a powerful pocketing strategy, among others. These additional strategies are also based on PowerMill technology and have been adapted to work inside of PartMaker.
 

Additionally, the software’s improved chamfering ability allows users to automatically chamfer, or round, virtually any edge with a single mouse click. Other highlights include an improved facility for automating the programming and simulation of thread whirling; enhanced grooving functionality; powerful and flexible threading capability; improved solids-based programming; and additional CAD functionality.