IMTS Need-to-know Information: Mark your Calendar
Brad Hollandsworth, Cad Cam Systems Staff Super Computer Genius, has just returned from a week of seminars at Delcam’s Technical Sales Partner Meeting in Birmingham England. He brought back the latest news on what Delcam has in the works for their next software releases.
PowerMILL 2011 – New finishing toolpath strategies
PowerSHAPE 2011 – Improved memory management
FeatureCAM 2011 – Improved turning strategies, 64bit and 32bit versions
PowerINSPECT 2010 R2 – Unsigned measurements
Delcam has continued to place high priorty on continuing product development, spending more than $15 Million Dollars in 2009. That’s $150 per minute. That’s a lot of really brainy coders working around the clock to keep improving your software. Cad Cam Systems also feels it’s important to keep our staff informed and educated, sending our guys to technical events like these. We’re proud to report Brad was victorious in one of the technical competitions, whupping support staff from other resellers worldwide.
What’s up with the Delcam version names? Is PowerSHAPE 2010 R2 a release or a service pack?
Delcam has standardized its version numbering convention across all its sofware products, using a system based on dates. This is intended to make it easier for customers to keep track of which version they can use based on their maintenance date. For example, the first major release of PowerSHAPE for this year was PowerSHAPE 2010. DVDs were provided by Delcam, and updating to this version required a complete install. Bug fixes and enhancements to each version are released about once a month as service packs, and are installed as add-ons to what’s already installed.
Sometimes, another major release will be issued in the same year, so an R2 is added to the year like PowerSHAPE 2010 R2. Usually this will be a download only release and no DVD will be produced. The R2 update requires a complete new install. Then you can install the service packs for that version. When you are installing service packs, please be careful to install service packs for the correct version. The name of the service pack always has the version and maintenance date in it.
NEW Form Tool Functionality in PowerMILL and a CCSI Support Document For Best Use
Previously all specially shaped tools had to be made in PowerSHAPE and exported as a dgk file for use in PowerMILL. New in PowerMILL 2010, all the functionally of the Curve Editor from PowerSHAPE is available in PowerMILL. You can draw form tools as a pattern and save them as a dgk file. This gives customers that do not have PowerSHAPE the ability to create special form tools right in PowerMILL.
We have created a new Support Document “Form Tools in PowerMILL” to help programmers understand how to make the best use of this functionality. It’s also posted on our website Answer Page where you can access it anytime.