Delcam releases PartMaker Modeling 2014 3D CAD for CAM software
Delcam’s PartMaker division has released PartMaker Modeling 2014, PartMaker’s 3D CAD for CAM application which gives users the ability to create 3D solid models from scratch as well as to repair and modify 3D engineering data of any origin.
PartMaker Modeling is the most powerful 3D CAD system available alongside a production-oriented CAM product on the market today. The 2014 version features a host of exciting new enhancements, including the utterly unique Radial Cut Wizard for creating cylindrically-wrapped part features as well as improved direct-modelling and feature-recognition functionality. It is a particularly focused on users that make parts on turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes as it includes a wide variety of functionality for creating milled features on parts that are cylindrical in nature.
The new and unique Radial Cut Wizard allows very quick and intuitive creation of solid cut features on cylindrical surfaces. This functionality is particularly helpful for creating 'wrapped' features on cylinders that typically require cylindrical interpolation programming when they are machined.
Additionally, PartMaker Modeling 2014 includes automated functionality for snapping both geometry and solid features to existing faces. This makes creating both milled and drilled features, such as hexes, flats and holes of any orientation, much faster than previous versions.
PartMaker Modeling 2014 includes a number of enhancements to the software’s direct modelling functionality for altering 'dumb' solid models or 3D models with no feature history that have been created in other solid modelling systems. One particularly helpful new direct modelling option is the Merge Faces command. This allows a number of coincident but separate faces to be merged into a single face automatically which makes altering or removing features attached to these faces much faster and more automated.
PartMaker Modeling 2014 also has significantly improved functionality for extruding multiple regions with hollow shapes automatically.
The software’s feature-recognition functionality has also been hugely improved and further automated through the addition of the Smart Feature Manager which allows solid features to be extracted automatically from dumb solids. Using the Smart Feature Manager, users can also control and filter which feature sets, such as just holes, are extracted from a dumb model.
'PartMaker Modeling 2014 is another great step forward in providing part manufacturers with a solid modelling tool that really meets their needs for a powerful yet easy to use full-featured 3D modelling system,' said PartMaker Division President, Hanan Fishman. 'PartMaker Modeling 2014 really gives precision-part manufacturers more of what they need to be more productive without cluttering their work flow with tools that are of no use to them.'