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NZ Manufacturer November 2013

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY companies typically invest in technologies regardless of economic conditions. It also improves their competitiveness, which is crucial to their business. “For example, some technologies actually reduce work time and increase productivity, like the ShoeCloud software demonstrated here at this event, which enables more efficient management of design and manufacturing data for the footwear industry. “Delcam’s products now in use in robotic manufacturing are mainly in the value-added processes, such as mould making, including very large moulds. Coating application by robots also uses Delcam products in the aerospace and maritime industry,” informs Zhou. Sandy Moffat also reflected on the situation in Japan. “The country received two shocks in the last five years, once in 2008 banking crisis from America, and then the 2011 tsunami. “But last year things improved dramatically, with the government sustaining growth in the economy through its monetary policies. And despite its struggles, it is still the third largest economy in the world. That’s why all CADCAM companies are present in the Japanese market.”

New releases

An important part of every Delcam Asian Technical Summit is the announcement and explanation of new product releases, and the delegates this year certainly got to hear about quite a number of those. A major enhancement for the 2014 release of Delcam’s flagship PowerMILL CAM system is the Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance. Vortex, for which Delcam has a patent pending, has been developed to gain the maximum benefit from solid carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface. A series of trials run by Delcam on different machine tools within its Advanced Manufacturing Facility

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As machine tools become more complex, computer-aided manufacturing becomes more important, which bodes well for Delcam and the CAM market, said marketing manager Peter Dickin.

has shown a time saving of at least 40 percent. Other developments in the area of computer-aided manufacturing include the 2014 version of Delcam’s FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software being released with a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turnmill operations, along with more strategies for two-axis finishing and easier programming of probing sequences. Meanwhile, ShoeCloud, software for 3D footwear and design, was introduced at the event. ShoeCloud data can be stored in any format and can be accessed through standard web browsers. Also targeted at the footwear industry – an enhanced version of OrthoMODEL design software for EVA custom orthotic insoles now include options for the design of

corrective orthotics, accommodative orthotics and comfort insoles. “Delcam offers a complete set of software for footwear design and manufacture, covering all the stages in the development and manufacturing process in the footwear industry. The addition of a range of solutions for orthopaedic footwear allows the company to service both the mass-production side of the business and suppliers of custom-made footwear,” explained Joe Zhou. The 2013 release of Delcam’s PowerINSPECT software offers dual-device inspection options that allow measurement with two portable devices at the same time. Enhancements to Delcam Electrode include support for burn-vector electrodes, automated machining of electrode frames, batch processing of multiple machining projects and faster generation of electrode drawings.

CAM trends in Asia According to Vineet Seth, the role of CAM is increasingly important in any company’s portfolio of strategies. “They will invest in good CAM, with good support and experienced people on the ground. That is what will make CAM successful, as people continuously upgrade themselves. “We want to be able to offer comprehensive support, as the value of CAM is only as good as the support behind it. CAM will play a more important role going forward, with an increasing footprint. Seth also believes that there will be more demands for manufacturing consultancy. “Customers today realize that it is important not to have just any CAM or manufacturing software. They are now thinking of ways to improve their processes. “Consulting is going to be important in helping customers in

The 2014 version of Delcam’s FeatureCAM software includes a number of new options for turning, four-axis rotary machining and turn-mill operations. www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz

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