Using Delcam’s CAD, CAM and inspection software helps precision engineering company, Amdale Limited, to combine rapid lead times, high quality and competitive value with engineering excellence in order to be its customers’ supplier of choice.
Amdale purchased its first Delcam software fifteen years ago and now operates two seats of PowerSHAPE, two of PowerMILL and one of PowerINSPECT to support its range of five-axis machines.
Nathan Cheung, Programming Manager at Amdale commented “After evaluating numerous CADCAM packages we opted for Delcam because of the quality of the finish produced on our sample components. We were also impressed with the pre/after-sales care, the fact the product is tested in a real-life environment in Delcam’s own machine shop and the re-investment into development that ensures the software is at leading edge of the CADCAM sector.”
The software has proved to be a good decision for Amdale. The first benefit is that there are no data translation problems between receiving customer data and progressing through programming, machining and inspection. Once the data is imported, parts can quickly be prepared for manufacturing, and develop tooling and workholding designs in PowerSHAPE.
The speed in which highly detailed parts can be programmed through PowerMILL is also important, plus the multitude of five-axis strategies available means you never get a part of the job you just cannot physically machine. Similarly, the PowerINSPECT interface enables parts to be programmed for inspection fairly rapidly and simply.
Speed of programming and machining is essential to meet the rapid turnaround times demanded by F1 customers during the race season. High accuracy is also important, both to maximise power and to give reliability in the engines.
Amdale was an early adopter of five-axis simultaneous and positional machining, having installed its first model back in 2004. The company continues to thrive on challenging projects that have built it a reputation within the industry for its expertise in completing demanding and complex machining projects.
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