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Position::WESTEC 2008

The following is a bonus WESTEC section focusing on software, in addition to our special WESTEC section that was published last month. The west coast's premier manufacturing resource will be March 31-April 3 in Los Angeles, CA. Count on WESTEC to put you center stage with over 600 exhibitors showcasing manufacturing's most advanced equipment, knowledgeable and highly skilled manufacturing professionals that will provide aggressive ideas, and the hottest trends. For more information, visit

Flexible CNC system

Siemens's new Sinumarik 840D solution line is the latest in CNC technology that increases performance and user productivity. The Sinumerik 840D solution line is a universal and flexible CNC system featuring the innovative Sinamics S120 drives that can be used for up to 31 axes. It is a distributed, scalable, open and inter-connecting system offering a wide range of specialized functions for milling, drilling, turning, grinding and handling technologies. The 840D offers users innovative features that increase productivity on the manufacturing floor, especially the challenging segments of high-speed and five-axis aerospace machining. Booth 3476, Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.,


Faster calculation

Delcam's latest release of PowerMILL includes enhancements and speed-ups throughout the program. The improved memory management within the software gives significantly faster calculation times, especially for large, complex components, such as press tools for automotive bodywork, and for smaller, highly-detailed models, such as molds for fine-tolerance and high-accuracy parts. Powerful tool-axis editing has been added that allows the user to select any region of a toolpath and redefine the tool-axis vectors within that region. These new options will enable users to optimize cutting conditions and avoid any sudden machine tool movements that could result in a poor surface finish. Booth 3368, Delcam Inc., www.


New functionality

PartMaker Inc.'s latest release, Version 8.5 of its PartMaker CAD/CAM software is for CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes. PartMaker 8.5 features a variety of new functionality and enhanced capability all designed to make PartMaker users more productive across every PartMaker application.

It marks the introduction of the PartMaker Documentation Wizard, an optional module...

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