DELCAM Puts Electrode Design on the Shop Floor


Delcam has introduced a new option for its PowerMILL machining software that will allow machine tool operators to design and machine electrodes quickly and easily on the shop floor. The new module contains the same highly-automated functionality within the PS-Electrode module already available for Delcam’s PowerSHAPE hybrid modelling software and so offers the same potential for saving huge amounts of time whenever electrodes are required.

The speed and ease of use of PowerMILL has lead to it being adopted by many companies for shop-floor programming. This approach has many advantages, including a more equal distribution of the workload between the CAD office and the shop floor, more efficient toolpaths, and lower downtime. All the factors enable companies to deliver higher quality tooling and other machined products in shorter lead times.

However, some of these benefits can be lost if electrodes are needed to produce fine details or textured finishes that cannot be machined easily. Until now, progress on the tool has often had to be stopped while the machinist waited for the CAD office to extract the electrode design.

In contrast, by using PS-Electrode from within PowerMILL, electrode designs can be created on the shop-floor. This makes planning the whole job more efficient when it is known that electrodes will be needed at the start of the project and also minimises delay if it is discovered that electrodes are required during machining.

The key attribute of PS-Electrode is its ease of use � the entire process is completed by following the instructions within the Electrode Wizard so there is no need for the machinist to learn a complex CAD system. The Wizard covers the definition of the region where the electrode will be needed, creation of the shape needed to produce the required feature in the tool, extension of these surfaces to provide clearance from the main surface of the tool, and blending these surfaces into the shape needed to fix the electrode into its holder.

Once the electrode design has been completed, set-up sheets for its use can be produced and the main PowerMILL program can be used to generate machining instructions for its manufacture.

One unique feature of PS-Electrode is the option to cap over the area where the electrode will be used. Once the area has been capped, PowerMILL will not attempt to machine it. Thus, there will be no unnecessary duplication in trying to remove the same material both by machining and by EDM.
For further information on Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM software, please contact: -
Peter Dickin, Public Relations Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081                e-mail: Email Contact

Delcam plc                                                
Small Heath Business Park,                                
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK                                
www.delcam.co.uk                                        

Delcam Inc.
3270 Electricity Drive
Windsor, Ont. N8W 5J1, Canada
www.delcam.com



Review Article Be the first to review this article
SolidCAM: Cutting Webinar

Featured Video
Editorial
Jeff RoweJeff's MCAD Blogging
by Jeff Rowe
Desktop Metal Shows AM Mettle
Jobs
Mechanical Engineer II - Requisition ID 090445 for L3 Technologies at New York, NY
ECAD Designer - Data Connectivity for Delphi at Auburn Hills, MI
Estimator / Bidder for Rulon International at Saint Augustine, FL
Upcoming Events
EMO Hannover 2017 at Hannover Germany - Sep 18 - 23, 2017
The 30th Annual Integrated Process Excellence Symposium & Training at Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Resort Orlando FL - Sep 18 - 20, 2017
Additive Manufacturing Conference 2017 at Knoxville Convention Center 701 Henley Street Knoxville TN - Oct 10 - 12, 2017
FABTECH 2017 at McCormick Place Chicago IL - Nov 6 - 9, 2017
MasterCAM



Internet Business Systems © 2017 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy Advertise