The 2014 R2 version of FeatureCAM supports the programming and simulation of right-angle heads.
Right-angle heads allow internal pockets to be milled and internal holes to be drilled that would be inaccessible, and so impossible to produce, using a conventional head. They are now available as an option on an increasing range of machines, including a variety of mill-turn equipment.
Delcam’s FeatureCAM 2014 R2 is its latest software release from the company and is designed to provide support for milling and drilling with right-angle heads and programming of multiple roughing operations using the company’s Vortex area-clearance strategy. Other enhancements include better control of Z-level roughing, and improvements to Wire EDM and chamfering.
The new version is, according to the company, the first release that has the ability to program and simulate both milling and drilling with right-angle heads. These new strategies will allow users to take advantage of the flexibility of machines with this option.