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Software meets challenge with next new release.

For moldmakers, Delcam has released a new version of its automated electrode design systems, PS-Electrode, that offers all even wider range of customization options and the ability to simulate the action of the electrode. The new version also includes a comprehensive catalog of EROWA blanks and holders, along side the previous catalogs of Hilschman and System 3R.

PS-Electrode users can quickly and easily define the region where the electrode will be needed, create the shape needed to produce the required feature ill the part, extend these surfaces to provide clearance from the main surface of the tool, and blend them into the shape needed to fix the electrode in its holder.

Once the electrode design has been completed, setup sheets for its manufacture and use can be produced automatically to a standard or a user-defined template. Finished designs can be exported to Delcam's PowerMILL CAM program for machining.

The customization capabilities make it easier for users to build up their own catalogs of components as many suppliers do not include databases of CAD models of their blanks and holders on their websites. These models call now be copied directly into PS-Electrode's database. Automation of setup sheets for both machining and application of the electrodes is more customizable, which can be generated as HTML files or Microsoft Excel spread sheets for communicating with the various people involved in the design, manufacture, and use of electrodes.

Like Delcam's PS+Moldmaker software for automated mold design, the full benefits of PS-Electrode come from its integration with the PowerSHAPE hybrid modeling software. This gives the user the option to step out of the automatic process at any stage, make any adjustments to the design that might be required, and then return to the automated options.

As well as allowing more complex designs to be completed, stepping out of and back into PS-Electrode allows the user to generate an electrode design and then mirror or duplicate it for other areas of the model. The software can also combine different sections into a single electrode or add extra geometry to the design, such as reinforcing ribs, alignment notches, or fillets to ensure a smooth transition away from the tool surface. Delcam, www.rsleads.com/502tp-171
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