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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Delcam Software Release Provides Increased 4- and 5-Axis Control

PartMaker Spine Finishing

A screenshot of spine finishing in the DelCam PartMaker 2013 R2 software. Credit: DelCam.

Delcam has released updated software for improved four- and five-axis simultaneous CNC machining to expand the functionality of its PartMaker CAM suite.

PartMaker 2013 R2 features “advanced surfaced machining, multi-axis” (ASM-MA) functionality based on DelCam proprietary coding to expand features for designing milling operations. ASM-MA enables the user to control toolpath movements in all four or five axes for smooth, safe, simultaneous machining. The update ships with “spine finishing” technology, a technique for simultaneously machining complex curves.

DelCam noted the level of control provided by the 2013 edition of its software is appropriate for complex, precision machining operations for aerospace and medical components.

“The new ASM-MX functionality in PartMaker 2013 R2 lets PartMaker users harness the power of four- and five-axis simultaneous milling in an intuitive and practical yet highly sophisticated and elegant manner,” PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman, explained in a statement.  “Four- and five-axis simultaneous machining practices are becoming more and more common in production-machining environments.  This trend is growing in popularity, particularly among those working in the medical and aerospace fields.  With more machine tools, including Swiss lathes from the likes of Star, Citizen and Tsugami, including a programmable ‘B-axis’, the functionality in PartMaker’s ASM-MX will allow our users to meet their manufacturing challenges.”

You can watch an introductory video of the PartMaker 2013 R2 operations below.

Brian Lane

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