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Delcam Offers Free High Speed Machining CD at WESTEC

(January 04, 2002)
All visitors to the Delcam booth at WESTEC March 18-21, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA, will be able to claim a free CD guide to high-speed machining. The CD, which has been prepared in association with cutting tool specialists, H.R. Pearce, Mitsubishi Carbide and Sandvik, contains guidance on the selection of the most appropriate strategies for high-speed machining. The CD includes a range of examples, with details of the machining strategies used and videos of the cutting process.

Visitors to the Delcam booth will also be able to see the new release of Delcams machining software PowerMILL 4. This includes a number of new high-efficiency roughing strategies. The most novel of the new techniques is called race line machining. With this option, the roughing passes are progressively smoothed out as the toolpaths move further from the main form. The toolpath will take the smoothest pass through any bend, creating less deceleration into bends, and resulting in less wear on the cutter and lower stress on the machine tool.

There are also many more options for continuous five-axis machining in PowerMILL 4. The range includes machining through a point or to a pint, to or from a line, and 5-axis trimming and profiling. An important advantage of 5-axis machining with PowerMILL is that the software works with the full range of different cutting tools, including end mills, tapered cutters, ball-nose, tipped radius, off-centre and tipped-radius cutters.
Together these improvements will help toolmakers and other precision machinists to optimise the efficiency of their machine tools and shorten delivery time while boosting productivity and profitability.

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