Most exciting and ambitious PartMaker release made to date now available to end users
October 27, 2008 - Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc, is now shipping PartMaker Version 9, the latest version of PartMaker Software CAD/CAM suite for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDM, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type. Major highlights of this newest version of PartMaker, Version 9, include a revamped and more productive user-interface, improved capabilities for programming directly on solid models and the ability to automatically generate descriptive and visual HTML-based set-up sheets.
“Simply stated, PartMaker Version 9 is the most productive new release yet in the lifecycle of the PartMaker CAM suite” says PartMaker Inc. President Hanan Fishman. “PartMaker Version 9’s enhanced user interface and other new features will make PartMaker users even more productive in programming their CNC equipment, while offering new users and even easier to learn, more capable CNC programming platform. In some cases, we expect users can reduce their programming from previous versions of PartMaker by as much as 50% using Version 9.”
Revamped User Interface
The major highlight of PartMaker Version 9, is a new look user interface featuring, among other improvements, easy to use, user-configurable toolbars. Existing icons have been recast to make them even easier to understand. The new tool bars, populated by attractive and easy to understand icons, make the software faster and more productive for both new and existing users. With the improvements in the user interface, most functions in the software can be accessed with the click of the mouse. The revamped user interface has been carefully planned out so that existing PartMaker users will be able to use PartMaker Version 9 without any additional learning curve from previous versions.
Seamless Solids Programming
PartMaker Version 9 also gives users the ability to carry out programming directly on a solid model. With Version 9, a solid model can be directly integrated into the programming window and tool paths can be assigned directly to the solid model. Critical manufacturing data is automatically retrieved from a solid model using Version 9’s new “Extract Parameters from Solids” feature, thus saving time and reducing the chance for error by eliminating redundant data entry. In Version 9, the most commonly used solids manipulation functions are displayed via an easy to follow Solids Toolbar.
Automatic Set-up Sheet Creation
PartMaker Version 9 allows the user to automatically generate very professional setup sheets to improve shop floor documentation. This new feature, available to those users who have licensed the PartMaker Documentation Wizard (PDW), can greatly speed up machine setup time by eliminating the sometimes tedious and time consuming process of creating setup sheets manually and by providing machine operators and set-up personnel very clear instructions about how to set-up a new job. Setup sheets are created in HTML format and can thus be viewed on any computer with an internet browser like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. The format of the set-up sheets generated by PartMaker is fully customizable by the user.
Many PartMaker users report being able to reduce machine set-up time by up to 50% versus their previous means of programming by generating accurate CNC programs and visualizing the machining process off-line. By providing even better set-up documentation than before, PartMaker users will be able to make even further strides in set-up reduction by providing machine set-up personnel with very clear instructions on how to set-up the machine to produce a particular part.
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PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.
PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.
PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam Plc, the world’s leading developer and supplier of complete CAD/CAM software solutions. Delcam Plc is publicly traded on the AIM exchange in London. While PartMaker is sold direct in North America by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 120 countries.
PartMaker Inc. - Hanan Fishman, President
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