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Delcam Show PowerMILL and PowerINSPECT Software Updates at JEC Europe 2015

  • Tuesday, 3rd March 2015
  • Reading time: about 3 minutes

Declam will showcase the latest versions of it PowerMILL and PoiwerINSPECT software at JEC Europe 2015.

According to Declam, the PowerMILL machining software is for high-speed and five-axis machining. This includes the PowerMILL Robot version for the programming of robots, PowerINSPECT inspection software, plus a range of adaptive machining solutions to allow more accurate manufacture of composite components.

Delcam explains that the PowerMILL is used by many composites manufacturers for the production of master models, moulds, jigs and fixtures, as well as for the trimming and drilling of components, both with machine tools and with robots. It says the latest release offers a more complete solution for complex machining operations, including complete control of the position and orientation of the machine head during five-axis machining. The program also includes a range of enhancements to existing functionality to enable both faster programming and faster machining, in particular with the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy.

The latest release of PowerINSPECT has a new interface with new icons that make the software more intuitive and even easier to use. Other enhancements in the new version include the ability to create compound items and so speed up and simplify repetitive measurements, enhancements to the measurement dialogs, and a further increase in the range of geometric features that can be inspected. The company will also demonstrate new ways in which machining and inspection can be integrated to give adaptive machining. One example of this integration is electronic fixturing and with this technique, toolpaths are adjusted to match the actual position of the surface of the workpiece rather than trying to align the part into exactly the nominal position specified in the CAM system. It says it can overcome the problems caused when machining large, flexible composite panels.

Delcam says the first stage in this approach is to create a probing sequence in the inspection software, preferably using off-line programming, so there is no interruption to the machine tool’s cutting time. This sequence is used to collect a series of points from the workpiece, which can be used to map the surface of the part. Any mismatch can then be calculated between the nominal position used in the CAM system to generate the toolpaths and the actual position of the workpiece surface in relation to the machine-tool bed. A modified set of toolpaths can then be created within the CAM system. This approach is designed to ensure that any pockets cut into the surface of a composite part will be in the correct positions. Similarly, by using a map of the actual surface, the user can ensure that any holes and counter-bores are drilled to the correct depth, relative to that surface.

Delcam will be exhibiting in Hall 7.2, Stand Q62.

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