Faster feature-based machining from Delcam

Delcam has launched the 2011 version of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system, which incorporates support for 64-bit computers, improved data exchange from a wider range of design software, the ability to use stock models and new strategies across the complete program, from turning to 5-axis machining. The program also features a more modern interface to make programming easier than ever.

All these developments will ensure that FeatureCAM retains the leadership in programming speed and ease of use it has held since its launch in 1995, when it was the world's first feature-based programming system. As the first release to support 64-bit hardware, FeatureCAM 2011 will be faster than any previous version. 64-bit technology removes the memory limitations of 32-bit computers so allowing more efficient toolpath generation, especially for companies machining large or complex parts. User productivity has also been increased by extending the use of the latest multi-threading technologies available in recent hardware. In addition, improved memory management within the software further reduces calculation times, with the greatest benefits again coming when programming larger or more complex components. Support for the use of stock models is being added progressively, starting with Z-level roughing operations. The software eliminates air cutting much more easily than other methods, saving programming time, and generates more efficient toolpaths to reduce machining times significantly. Details on the new release, plus the option to download a trial version, can be found in the FeatureCAM 2011 learning zone at the link below.