New PartMaker Version 2012 to be Previewed at South-tec

Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc, will unveil its latest version of PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDM, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes at EMO 2011 in Hannover, Germany September 19 – 24, 2011.  Major highlights of PartMaker Version 2012 include a new module for the simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centers, improved simulation for the latest breed of multi-axis Turn-Mill and Swiss-lathe machine architectures, more powerful surface machining strategies, improved visualization in programming as well as a host of additional productivity enhancements.

PartMaker will be exhibited in the booth of its parent company, Delcam Plc, at EMO 2011.  PartMaker will be demonstrated along side Delcam’s other leading edge manufacturing software products including the PowerMILL, PowerSHAPE, FeatureCAM, ArtCAM and PowerInspect range. Delcam’s booth at EMO will have the most comprehensive range of CAM products at the show on display.

“PartMaker Version 2012 further demonstrates the accelerated pace of development PartMaker has undergone since its acquisition by Delcam five years ago,” says PartMaker Inc. division President Hanan Fishman.  “Since joining Delcam, the functionality, capability and power of the PartMaker CAM software suite has grown massively and rapidly by taking advantage of Delcam’s extensive development resources. Delcam’s world wide team of over 225 developers is the CAM software industry’s largest development team. Multi-axis milling functionality that has taken Delcam many, many man years to develop is being added to PartMaker at a rapid pace and reduced cost, which provides a major benefit to the product’s end users.”

“Today, the machining algorithms in PartMaker are among the most sophisticated in the industry, offering PartMaker users a great deal of power along PartMaker’s hallmark ease of use, a combination simply not found in other CAM systems,” says Fishman.

New Milling Simulation Module – Kinematic Machine Simulation (KMS)

PartMaker Version 2012 will feature a new simulation module for the PartMaker Mill application, Kinematic Machine Simulation (KMS). The new KMS module will provide a whole new level of realism and collision detection for the machining simulation of parts being manufactured on vertical and horizontal machining centers.  This new module will simulate the full architecture of milling machines including work holding, rotary tables and tombstone fixtures.

Simulation of Next Generation Machine Tools

Machine tool architectures have evolved greatly in the past 18 months, perhaps faster than it did in the previous five years.  New multi-tasking machine tools that have come to the market and are yet coming to market are being equipped with new more powerful, more sophisticated capability. PartMaker Version 2012 supports this functionality, including the simulation of a new breed of Swiss lathe which supports 5-axis milling from a gang-slide type architecture. These new architectures will provide end users with significantly more machining capability and less cost as they can avoid the need purchase costly and difficult to set-up angled attachments.  Such machines will also support more sophisticated 5-axis machining than was available to Swiss users in the past.

Improved Visualization

PartMaker Version 2012 will feature improved 3D tool path visualization through the entire programming process even when a solid model is not available.  This improved visualization will allow users to benefit from the use the 3D graphics at every step of the programming process even if only working from a 2D drawing.

More Powerful Surfacing Strategies

PartMaker Version 2012 will feature a variety of new surfacing strategies including improved, more powerful roughing and finishing strategies. These new strategies will be based on the same machining algorithms as those found in PowerMILL, Delcam’s flagship CAM system for the manufacture of complex shapes.  The new strategies are presented to the PartMaker user in a manner consistent with PartMaker’s industry leading ease of use.

More on PartMaker

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.

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