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PartMaker Version 2010 is Now Available

The latest PartMaker Version is officially released; packed with new functionality and enhanced capability.

Figure 1:  PartMaker Version 2010 is now available to end users.  PartMaker Version 2010 is the most ambitious PartMaker release made to date, featuring an unprecedented level of new technology and improvements across the entire PartMaker product line.

Figure 1: PartMaker Version 2010 is now available to end users. PartMaker Version 2010 is the most ambitious PartMaker release made to date, featuring an unprecedented level of new technology and improvements across the entire PartMaker product line.

Fort Washington, PA – PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc, is pleased to announce that PartMaker Version 2010, its latest version of PartMaker Software for programming CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDMs, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes is now available. PartMaker Version 2010 is the most significant PartMaker release made to date as it features a number of new powerful features and enhancements that will allow users to program faster, make more complex parts and take advantage of the latest in machine tool technology.

“PartMaker Version 2010 is the most significant release made to date and will provide every PartMaker user an immediate productivity improvement,” states Delcam’s PartMaker Inc. Division President, Hanan Fishman. “Plugging into Delcam’s development staff, the largest in the CAM industry, has facilitated the incredible leap in technology included in PartMaker Version 2010. Perhaps most importantly, all the new technology in PartMaker Version 2010 is provided in PartMaker’s industry leading easy-to-use user interface, allowing users to truly take advantage of the new functionality Version 2010 provides.”

Major highlights of this newest release, PartMaker Version 2010, include the ability to perform 5-axis simultaneous milling on multi-axis lathes, more powerful milling functionality, enhanced grooving routines, faster tool path creation, improved solid model-based programming tools and the ability to better visualize thread whirling. A host of additional productivity, user-driven enhancements will also be featured in PartMaker Version 2010.

The 5-axis simultaneous milling functionality in PartMaker Version 2010 is based on robust, well-proven technology used in PowerMILL, Delcam’s world leading specialist NC CAM software for the manufacture of complex shapes.

5-Axis Simultaneous Milling for Multi-Axis Lathes

PartMaker Version 2010 features an optional module to perform simultaneous 5-axis swarf milling on multi-axis lathes. Swarf machining is a technique that allows side cutting with an endmill while proceeding along the surface of a part, such as the sidewalls of a tapered rib. Swarf machining can be used for profiling the edge of components using the side of the tool to remove material. The benefits of 5-axis simultaneous swarf machining over traditional 3-axis milling strategies include significantly reduced machining time and improved surface finish. Employing swarfing can allow parts to be machined complete in a single set-up by allowing for more advanced de-burring techniques thus eliminating time consuming and laborious additional finishing.

The new swarfing functionality in PartMaker lets users take advantage of B-axis lathes with 5-axis simultaneous machining functionality. PartMaker’s 5-axis swarf milling is powerful, yet easy to use, allowing the user to apply this complex machining technique in an intuitive manner.

PartMaker and PowerMILL Integration

For all complex 5-axis machining strategies currently supported by PowerMILL, including blade and blisk machining, as well as for highly sophisticated 3-axis strategies, PartMaker Version 2010 will feature the option for a direct interface to PowerMILL. PowerMILL tool paths can be imported directly into PartMaker Version 2010, manipulated and synchronized on PartMaker’s Process Table, simulated and post processed directly from the PartMaker working environment. This integrated solution of two market leading technologies assures users they will never be limited in their ability to program and optimize parts in the most efficient and powerful way possible.

More Powerful Milling Strategies

PartMaker Version 2010 features a number of more advanced 2 ½ axis milling routines not available in previous PartMaker versions including a variety of High Speed Machining Strategies, Trochoidal Milling, Rest Area Machining, Face Milling and a more powerful Pocketing strategy among others. These additional milling strategies are also based on PowerMILL technology and have been adapted to work inside of PartMaker in an efficient and easy-to-use manner. Additionally, the software’s chamfering ability is much improved, allowing users to automatically chamfer or round any edge with a single mouse click. This functionality is critical for “dropping parts complete” on multi-axis lathes and eliminating costly secondary operations. PartMaker Version 2010 also features totally new and highly sophisticated functionality for thread milling as well as automated face milling.

Improved Thread Whirling Programming and Simulation

PartMaker Version 2010 includes an improved facility for automating the programming and simulation of thread whirling, a programming technique often used in the programming of “bone screw” threads as well as other specialty threads commonly found on threaded surgical implants. The popularity of thread whirling attachments on Swiss-type lathes have grown substantially in recent years because of the dual benefit this technique offers manufacturers making threaded parts. Specifically, thread whirling allows threaded products to be produced faster because this technique only requires a single pass, where as traditional multi-pass threading routines require multiple passes to achieve the same result. Additionally, with the rigidity afforded by a sliding-headstock Swiss-lathe, thread whirling can also provide higher and more repeatable precision.

PartMaker Version 2010 includes specially developed algorithms and user interface to automate the programming of this unique manufacturing technique. Additionally, PartMaker’s 3D simulation fully simulates machining with a thread whirling attachment as these attachments can generally be quite large inside the working envelope of a machine and thus provide additional risk of collision during machining.

Additional Productivity Enhancements

PartMaker Version 2010 includes a number of user requested productivity enhancements. Among these improvements are: enhanced grooving functionality, powerful and flexible threading capability, improved solids-based programming and additional CAD functionality. Additionally, 2D tool path selection has been improved from previous versions. The new automated tool path selection techniques in PartMaker Version 2010 will provide users a significant productivity improvement by measurably speeding up programming time. Space ball support has also been added in PartMaker Version 2010. Additionally, a number of improvements to the software’s Tool Database have been made in Version 2010.

Automatic Software and Multi-Axis Post Processor Updating

PartMaker Version 2010 features a new facility for automatically updating to the most recent release of the software directly from the PartMaker application’s user interface. Additionally, users will also be able to update to the most recent version of their licensed multi-axis turning post processors directly from the software’s user interface as well. PartMaker Inc.’s application staff maintains a library of well documented, well supported multi-axis turning post processors which include virtually every Swiss and Turn-Mill machine ever built. These post processors are constantly being improved to include new functionality. With PartMaker Version 2010, users will be able to tap into these improvements automatically, by just downloading their licensed post processors from the software’s user interface with the click of a button. These updates improvements to both post processors as well as accompanying machine simulation files for the software’s Advanced and Full Machine Simulation modules.

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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BANGALORE, INDIA—AMETEK Taylor Hobson, a leading manufacturer of ultra-precision measurement instrumentation, has expanded its service and support capabilities in India with the opening of an office in Whitefield, Bangalore.

The new facility serves as a base for Taylor Hobson’s India sales and service operations as well as a training centre for its Indian customers. In addition to instrument demonstration and training, the office has a repair facility and workspace for sales, service and engineering employees.

“We’re very pleased about the opening of the Bangalore office, “notes Bruce Wilson, Vice President and General Manager of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies. “Our new state-of-the-art facility demonstrates the importance of our growing Indian customer base for which we will now provide a wider range of products and services, including training and factory-direct support.”

Taylor Hobson is an ultra-precision technology company operating at the highest levels of accuracy within the field of surface and form metrology, providing for the most demanding industrial and research applications. Taylor Hobson currently serves the Indian aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industries with its industry-leading line of contact and non-contact surface profiling and measurement systems.


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BIG Kaiser Elevates Industry Support with New Corporate Headquarters

Hoffman Estates, IL – BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. is excited to announce the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL. At 33,000 square-feet, the new facility is nearly three times larger than BIG Kaiser’s former headquarters, and features a state-of-the-art showroom and resource center, high-tech classroom, office space, warehouse and repair center.
The new 5,000 square-foot showroom features extensive tooling and demonstration displays from BIG Kaiser’s complete product lineup. In-house machining centers allow the showroom to double as a resource center for customer demos and training. The facility also includes a high-tech classroom for advanced product training and presentations.

“This is a significant and necessary investment for our company,” explains BIG Kaiser President and COO Chris Kaiser. “Our new facility symbolizes BIG Kaiser’s ongoing commitment to its customers and our confidence in the industry’s future.”

The move to the new headquarters allows BIG Kaiser to remain committed to providing customers with the highest level of support. The new 10,000 square-foot warehouse contains BIG Kaiser’s extensive product inventory, allowing for minimized shipping time and cost to customers. An in-house repair center is staffed with skilled technicians to quickly fulfill customer’s repair or maintenance needs.

“Our high levels of service and engineering support are very important to our customers. This facility brings the energy, capacity, resources and technology to support our reputation,” Kaiser continued. “We are excited about our future and thankful to our employees and all others who have gotten us to this point.”

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling is a leader in high precision tooling systems and solutions. With brands including Kaiser, BIG Daishowa, Speroni, Unilock, Sphinx, and more, BIG Kaiser’s line is focused on extreme accuracy and repeatability. BIG Kaiser’s mission is to support North American manufacturers with products that are designed and manufactured to a superior standard. Guaranteed.


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LMC_1459_MSQP PartnershipLMC Workholding announces its approval as a Mori Seiki Qualified Peripherals (MSQP) supplier of face drivers, steady rests and chuck packages. LMC Workholding engineers and manufactures high quality chucks and standard and special workholding equipment. This includes international style power chucks and cylinders, wheel chucks, high volume machining power chucks, Neidlein face drivers and centers, Atling hydraulic steady rests, Richter manual steady rests, Stiefelmayer specialty clamping tools, Chandox brand chucks and cylinders and T de G large chucks.

Mori Seiki is a global leader in the manufacturing of lathes, machining centers, multi-axis turning centers and grinders. All orders for LMC products on new machine sales, and machines in the field under warranty, will be processed through MSQP. The MSQP program is the selection of quality peripheral equipment as Mori Seiki Qualified Peripherals, which will be used on Mori Seiki lathes and machining centers.

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Delcam to launch integrated CAM at SolidWorks World

Delcam, the world’s leading specialist supplier of machining software, will demonstrate its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks at the SolidWorks World 2010 exhibition to be held in Anaheim, California, January 31st to February 3rd. The initial version of Delcam for SolidWorks will include the company’s industry-leading technology for drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Future releases will cover the full range of machining operations, including turning, mill-turn and wire EDM.

Delcam for SolidWorks will, of course, be fully integrated into the SolidWorks environment so that the program looks and behaves like SolidWorks. It will offer full associativity so that any changes in the CAD model will be reflected automatically in the toolpaths. However, this associativity will be more intelligent than that offered in many other integrated CAM systems. Delcam for SolidWorks will not simply modify the existing toolpaths but will also review the choice of cutting tools and machining strategies, and change them if necessary.

All toolpaths generated with Delcam for SolidWorks can be checked by the integrated simulation module on the computer before being passed to the machine tool. Finally, the software comes with Delcam’s full range of post-processors to allow fast accurate data transfer to all leading types of machining equipment.

Delcam for SolidWorks marks a new direction for Delcam. Previously, the company has supplied all of its machining software as stand-alone systems that can be linked to any CAD program. “We have received many requests from customers that want to be able to undertake their CAM programming from within the SolidWorks environment,” explained Tom McCollough, Vice President of FeatureCAM Development,. “Delcam for SolidWorks provides direct access to Delcam’s world-leading CAM algorithms from within this leading design software.”

More on what is inside Delcam for Solidworks
Delcam for SolidWorks combines the benefits associated with Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM CAM systems. It is based on Delcam’s proven machining algorithms that are already used by more than 30,000 customers around the world. For example, the software will offer PowerMILL’s exceptional speed of toolpath calculation, plus all of advanced strategies for high-speed machining, including trochoidal roughing, spiral finishing and Delcam’s patented Race-Line Machining technique. These strategies ensure increased productivity, maximum tool life and immaculate surface finish, even when cutting the hardest, most challenging materials.

At the same time, Delcam for SolidWorks will have the same strong focus on ease-of-use as FeatureCAM, including all of the knowledge-based automation that makes it so consistent and reliable. Most importantly, the software will include FeatureCAM’s Automatic Feature Recognition system which automatically extracts detailed feature information from the SolidWorks model. The system not only recognizes holes and pockets within the model but also groups similar holes by size and type automatically, and indentifies draft on pocket walls, and any fillets or chamfers within the pocket. Once the features have been identified, Delcam for SolidWorks undertakes automatic selection of cutting tools, machining strategies, and feeds and speeds, to complete the programming operation.

SolidWorks World

SolidWorks World

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New MICROLOK® AO From Birchwood Casey Provides Robust Corrosion Protection For Iron And Steel Components – Ideal Low Cost, Non-Polluting Replacement For Cold Blackeners

5556 Birchwood Casey

5556 Birchwood Casey

Eden Prairie, Minnesota: Now manufacturers can finish iron and steel components with a low temperature, environmentally friendly process that serves as a low-cost replacement for polluting cold blackening.

Nothing like it — the MICROLOK® AO Process from Birchwood Casey forms a non-toxic, aluminum oxide conversion coating that is 0.000060 inches (1.5 microns) thick, silver/black in color, and tightly adherent to the metal surface. When sealed with a rust preventive, the finish provides robust corrosion protection that is better than cold blackening at half the cost, without undesirable pollution hazards.

Ideal for users of cold blackeners who want a replacement that is safe to apply and avoids the use of EPA regulated (copper & selenium) chemicals. The patented MICROLOK AO solution contains no regulated chemicals – process rinse waters are generally sewerable as nonhazardous discharge. Applying the finish requires only five steps and 15 minutes:

1. CLEAN the metal surface: SAFE SCRUB; 120-140°F: 5 minutes.
2. RINSE in clean water.
3. APPLY MICROLOK AO finish: 120-140°F: 8 minutes.
4. RINSE in clean water.
5. SEAL in DRI TOUCH® AMBER Rust Preventive: 1 minute.

Additional benefits include: anti-galling protection to aid in assembly and startup; temperature stability up to 1400°F; safe 120-140° F operation with no boiling or splattering; no scale or sludge buildup in tanks, bath maintenance is much simpler requiring only pH monitoring.

Applications include: tooling and machine components; automotive parts including tierods, ball joints, clutch and brake components; and large components such as oilfield drilling equipment. MICROLOCK AO is an ideal choice for any component with its attractive, nondimensional silver-black finish, corrosion protection and anti-galling properties.

Most cold blackening lines can be easily converted to the MICROLOK AO process, or new tank lines, of any size, are available from Birchwood Casey at modest cost, ranging from small-scale manually operated lines to large volume CNC operated systems.

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Doraville Custom Machine Services Wins the Okuma Real Help Machine Tool Giveaway

Charlotte, NC (December 11, 2009) – Okuma America Corporation has named Charles Blair and Doraville Custom Machine Services the winner in their Real Help Machine Tool Giveaway contest. Mr. Blair submitted a video entry, answering the question “How can an Okuma help your business?” His video was selected from a pool of nearly 400 entries.

Doraville Custom Machine Services was founded in early 2007 by Mr. Blair and his father with a used cnc lathe. Over the past 2 years the company has specialized in prototyping work for research facilities and the medical industry and they are looking to branch into more production-type work. Mr. Blair entered the contest because, “Our equipment wasn’t the best kind suited for production work and our existing turning center sits broken more often than it runs.”

“We are pleased that we can offer real help to Mr. Blair and his company,” stated Larry Schwartz, President and COO of Okuma America Corporation, “and help them grow their business.”

Representatives of Okuma and Morris South, a division of Morris Group, Inc., one of Okuma’s major distributors will work with Mr. Blair to determine which Okuma machine will be best suited for Doraville Custom Machine Services current and future needs. Machine installation will take place sometime early in 2010.

Mr. Blair’s entry and all the contest entries are posted online at

In addition to prizes from Okuma, members of Partners in THINC provided entry prizes and prizes for the weekly winners and the finalists. Participating sponsors include: Sandvik-Coromant, Iscar Metals, Inc., Renishaw, Schunk, Caron Engineering, Zoller, Iemca, FANUC Robotics and Marposs.

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gsdrillMount Prospect, IL – Sumitomo introduces the solid carbide GS Drill Series – the new “Global Standard” in solid carbide drilling. With an advanced carbide substrate and highly wear resistant DEX coating, the GS Drill Series allows for increased feed rates and running speed. The DEX coating has alternately stacked AlCr and SiNi coating layers that not only provide high heat resistance, but also exceptional chipping resistance.

Another feature of the GS Drill is wider flutes to accommodate for excellent chip evacuation when machining steels, stainless steels, cast irons, super alloys, and non-ferrous materials. Also with its newly configured point geometry, the GS Drill reduces cutting forces and promotes stable drilling.

The GS Drill Series is available in external coolant and coolant-through styles. External coolant drills are available in 2XD and 4XD lengths, while coolant-through drills are offered in 3XD, 5XD and 8XD lengths.

For more information, contact Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc., 1001 Business Center Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056, Phone: (800) 950-5202, Fax: (847) 635-9335, e-mail:, or visit the Sumitomo Web site at

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GE and FANUC Complete Joint Venture Dissolution

GE Intelligent Platforms to continue focus on software and services, control systems and embedded computing; FANUC to promote industry-leading CNC portfolio globally.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA December 11, 2009 GE (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD announced today that the two companies have completed their agreement to dissolve the GE Fanuc Automation Corporation Joint Venture. This agreement reverts the respective portions of the joint venture back to the parent company and allows each company to focus on its existing businesses and pursue growth in its respective core industry of expertise. The two companies signed the final agreement today in Chicago, and will now operate independently as GE Intelligent Platforms and FANUC LTD.

“Today begins the next phase in GE Intelligent Platforms’ focus to provide our customers with a sustainable advantage through industry-leading technology and the passion and expertise of our people,” said Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms. “We will continue to invest in our product and solution platforms that allow our customers to compete and succeed in a challenging economy. In addition, we intend to utilize our world-class enterprise software as a platform for faster growth for the entire GE portfolio. ”

GE Intelligent Platforms continues to be a leading high-performance technology company that serves a vast array of industries around the world including government & defense, telecommunications, energy, water, transportation, and consumer packaged goods. The company delivers software and services, control systems, and embedded systems globally.

FANUC Honorary Chairman Dr. Seiuemon Inaba said, “Our joint venture has achieved great success in the computer numerical control (CNC) business. We have achieved many things together, but FANUC is now looking forward to focusing our efforts on our industry-leading CNC portfolio and the opportunities unique to our industry that will deliver great benefits to our customers.”

The two companies will continue to work together in a commercial relationship related to GE’s motion control and motor products with no interruption in supply of these components. In addition, GE intends to support its CNC customers in the Americas through its CNC services business.

Sylvester added, “We are truly grateful to Dr. Inaba and his team at FANUC for their partnership with GE over these past 20 years, and we wish them continued success in the future. We are confident that this change will allow both companies to serve our customers better as we continue to innovate and solve some of our customers’ toughest problems.”

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