By DE Editors
PartMaker, a division of Delcam, will begin shipping PartMaker Version 2013, the latest version of its software for programming CNC mills, lathes, WireEDM, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes in the fourth quarter of 2012. Among a number of other enhancements, the new version will feature a revamped surface machining module for 3-, 4- and 5-axis simultaneous milling operations on a variety of machining platforms including.
PartMaker Version 2013 features a sleeker, restyled user interface, the company says. Improvements include the Job Explorer tree, which makes navigating Machining Function Face Windows and Part Features faster. Additionally, a number of new controls have been added to the software to make working more intuitive.
The new high-end milling functionality available in PartMaker Version 2013 will be known as the Advanced Surface Machining module, or ASM. ASM replaces PartMaker s Surface Machining Wizard (SMW) module for 3-, 4- and 5-axis machining. For existing PartMaker users, the upgrade to ASM will be provided free of cost.
The ASM module features a variety of high-end milling strategies that can be applied across the entire suite of PartMaker CAM applications, including PartMaker Mill, PartMaker Turn-Mill and PartMaker SwissCAM.
The solution also features Delcam s new Vortex High Speed Machining Strategies (as part of ASM). The Vortex area-clearance strategy, for which Delcam has a patent pending, has been developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface. It can be used for 2.5- and 3-axis roughing, 3+2-axis area clearance and for rest machining.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.