Delcam launches the 2014 release of FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software. The release includes a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations. Other enhancements in this release include more strategies for two-axis finishing and easier programming of probing sequences. FeatureCAM was the world's first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995. Constant development since then has ensured that the system has retained its leadership in programming speed and ease of use, while an increased range of strategies has been added to provide more efficient toolpaths giving greater productivity on a wider range of machines.
The first improvement to turning in FeatureCAM 2014 gives the ability to add fillets to any sharp corners, for example, for automatic deburring, without having to edit the geometry. The user simply has to specify the radius to be applied and all the sharp corners will be filleted automatically. Similar functionality for automated chamfering of corners has been available in FeatureCAM for several years.
Turning simulation has been made more realistic with the ability to program and simulate the movements of the steady-rest that can be used to position large parts during turning and the tailstock that can be used to hold long parts on centre during machining. Collision detection against both these types of accessory is undertaken automatically during both cutting and transfer operations.
Programming of both turn-mill and four-axis equipment has been made much easier with the ability to change the index axis part-way through programming. Previously, all aspects of the part, including features, geometry and curves, would have to be moved if a change in the index axis was required. Now, this can be achieved simply by creating a new user coordinate system and using that as the new index axis.
An improvement to the FeatureCAM interface will make it easier to use a curve to define start points and plunge points for both turning and milling. Users can now pick these curves by clicking on them, instead of having to type the name of the curve.
The ability to incorporate probing routines into machining programs was added in FeatureCAM 2013 to make it easier to undertake unsupervised production operations by allowing automated checks to be carried out before, during and after machining. Programming of these operations has been made easier and quicker with the new ability to incorporate decision-making with built-in options in the software, instead of having to hand-write toolpath edit commands. For example, it is now easier to include a re-machining command if the probing results show that more material needs to be removed from the part.
Finally, a number of extra strategies and options have been added for two-axis finishing. These include the ability to use larger stepovers with automatic machining of any upstands that may be left, continuous spiral machining either from outside to inside or inside to outside, support for stock models created from roughing toolpaths, and automatic avoidance of clamps.
What's fixed in version 188.8.131.52:A-034197 B FIXED D,FC UI: DFS About dialog shows the U (unprotected) suffix after the version # but Delcam.dll is actually protected. A-034196 B FIXED D,FC Testing: the MF test kept failing. A-034185 B FIXED FC 5-axis positioning: ABS-SHIFTX, Y and Z keywords do not take into account the Primary Rotational Offset. A-034083 B FIXED D,FC 2-axis milling: NT: Vortex: Output option should be "filter linear moves" and not "arc fitting" for 2D NT Vortex operations A-034103 B FIXED FC 5-axis positioning: Euler angles do not take into account the Primary Rotational Offset A-033994 B FIXED FC 2-axis milling: thread mill: feed to depth override was used in engagement of the material. A-034105 B FIXED FC user interface: Operations of pattern not showing correctly in the operation list. A-034134 B FIXED FC GPF: crash with manual ordering the operations. A-034136 B FIXED FC 2-axis milling: Pattern: Radial in the setup XY plane: in the new feature wizard, Diameter and Angle options missing A-034027 B FIXED FC Xbuild: infinite numbers in nc code. A-034113 B FIXED FC UI: more space needed in the standard probing dialog for translation. A-034143 B FIXED FC API: Method GetCopyOfHolderCurve should still return geometry of cutter if tool holder is a solid. A-033595 B FIXED FC WIRE EDM: match point problem causes incorrect feature geometry. A-034071 B FIXED FC TPEDIT: Groove: Toolpath feature preview shown at wrong position A-034112 T FIXED D,FC Build: Update build scripts A-034081 B FIXED FC 2-axis milling: 3-axis milling: NT: Zero or negative value of "Vortex Z lift distance" attribute leads to Z lifts of vortex toolpath parts to distance 0.1mm or 0.05inch. A-034080 B FIXED FC User Interface: Setup creation: When making a new setup aligned to part geometry, the pick location button does not update the location A-034028 B FIXED FC User interface: 5 axis positioning: Five axis simultaneous: Enter a number error when a negative sign is input into a value in the 5 axis fixture location window. A-034049 F FIXED FC XBUILD: Need to be able to skip outputting date and time in nc code. A-034086 B FIXED FC Translation: need more space in the setupsheet dialog A-034061 B FIXED FC Translation: need more space in dialog for translation A-034087 B FIXED Translation: need more space in the twist drill tool properties dialog A-033586 F FIXED FC api: balloon help example for pulley groove A-034088 F FIXED FC user interface: rename of layers and solids sub-items with second click method A-032972 B FIXED FC Tooling: custom holder not updated in tools from last save. A-034104 B FIXED FC GPF: boss: crash with stock curve A-034053 B FIXED FC Probing: posting fails because call-custom-format string for decision UDFs should not get translated A-033955 B FIXED D,FC GPF: Featurecam freezes with auto round kept on. A-034085 B FIXED FC User interface: problems after renaming by slow second click A-033667 B FIXED D,FC Simulation: 5-axis simultaneous: Simulation does not match NC Code that is output A-033964 B FIXED FC GPF: Probing: FeatureCAM crashes when a probing UDF is created in mm. A-034000 B FIXED D,FC 2-axis milling: No NC code output for 3d groove. A-034058 B FIXED Turn: Groove Feature: Side lift off is gouging the side walls of the groove A-033697 F FIXED API: Protect source files on dev/macros from publication on the Addins website A-034013 B FIXED Turn/Mill: Crash due to insufficient Z retract. A-034018 B FIXED FC GPF: UDO: FeatureCAM crashes when trying to generate nc code. A-034068 B FIXED D,FC 2-axis milling: NT: 3-axis milling: Need to disable Vortex option wrongly showing up in Finish pass. A-033173 F FIXED FC API: need access to the turning predrill values of Depth, Diamater and Z location. A-033794 B FIXED FC 2-axis milling: ???Approach from outside??? is not approaching from the outside. A-033688 B FIXED 2-axis milling: NT: finishing: stock model: Advanced stock model settings are the same for finishing and roughing.
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Delcam is a world-leading developer and supplier of advanced CADCAM software, with more than 35,000 customers in over 80 countries. These clients vary from global names like Nike, Boeing and Mattel to small start-ups and individual craftsmen. Founded 30 years ago, we are the largest developer of product development software in the UK, with subsidiaries in Europe, America and Asia. Our global success has been recognised with many awards, including three Queen's Awards for Enterprise in the last six years.
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