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CCSI Tech Mail: Software Alert for PowerMILL 2010, IMTS, New Software Sneak Preview and More


Software Alert:

PowerMILL 2010 Users Should Update to Service Pack 2


Cad Cam Systems Support Staff are recommending that all of our customers using PowerMILL 2010 should update now to Service Pack 2. This highly recommended update contains important bug fixes.
To update, open your software, go to the “Help” menu and pick “Check for Updates.” This service pack is also available on Cad Cam Systems’ FTP site. Read “Access Cad Cam Systems FTP Site” for FTP information. You can also email for help.

IMTS Need-to-know Information: Mark your Calendar 

International Manufacturing Technology Show
September 13 – 28, 2010
McCormick Place, Chicago IL 
Now is the time to register for IMTS and take advantage of the early registration discount. Until August 13, ticket prices are discounted by 50%.

Cad Cam Systems personnel will be in the Delcam Booth E-3922 every day of the show. When you’re planning your visit, call us to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure the CCSI and Delcam personnel and resources are available to make the best use of your time.
Held every other year, IMTS is the best opportunity for people in manufacturing to see what’s new, network with other industry professionals, and explore fresh ideas. You can see new software solutions demonstrated, and choose the best for your needs. IMTS is the best way for you to stay current on the latest technology and stay ahead of your competitors.


Sneak Preview of New Software: Coming Soon to a screen near you!

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.
Just a few of the improvements coming soon:
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. 






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