Delcam for SolidWorks adds wire EDM

The program combines the features of PowerMILL and FeatureCAM in the SolidWorks environment.

The ability to program 2D wire electrical discharge machining (EDM) for the first time leads the list of new features in the 2012 edition of Delcam for SolidWorks, now available.

Delcam for SolidWorks 2012 will have wire EDM programming as well as milling, drilling and turning. (Source: Delcam)

Delcam for SolidWorks combines the capabilities of Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM for the SolidWorks environment. The program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It offers full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model are reflected automatically in the tool paths.

Other enhancements include target-part comparison, the ability to compare a model of the desired final shape with the shape achieved by the programmed tool paths, and multiple-instance programming—the programming of multiple SolidWorks components in one operation, either in the same orientation or in different orientations.

Delcam for SolidWorks 2012 also incorporates enhancements from the 2012 release of FeatureCAM, including improvements in the use of stock models and new options in the tooling database.

Stock models allow the user to visualize the material remaining after each operation.  This makes it easier to eliminate air cutting, thereby generate more efficient tool paths with reduced machining times. Delcam says stock models also simplify the selection of the most appropriate tool sizes for rest-roughing and finishing operations.

The tooling database is a key part of the automation in Delcam for SolidWorks as it allows the optimum operating conditions to be associated with each tool.  In most companies, the database is developed by the most experienced user. It then ensures that even inexperienced operators use safe and efficient cutting parameters.

Delcam says four-axis wire EDM functionality is planned for the 2012 R2 release, due in January 2012.

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