April 28, 2014
Delcam’s PartMaker division has released PartMaker Modeling 2014, its 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.
The 2014 version features a Radial Cut Wizard for creating cylindrically-wrapped part features as well as improved direct-modeling and feature-recognition functionality. According to the company, it is a particularly focused on users that make parts on turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes as it includes a wide variety of functionality for creating milled features on parts that are cylindrical in nature.
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, the company says.
The solution includes a number of enhancements to the direct modeling functionality for altering “dumb” solid models or 3D models with no feature history that have been created in other solid modeling systems. The Merge Faces command allows a number of coincident but separate faces to be merged into a single face automatically.
The software’s feature-recognition functionality has been 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.
For more information, visit PartMaker.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.