Delcam Integrated software solution supports multi-part and family electrodes
Delcam has increased the capabilities of its Delcam Electrode integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes.
According to the supplier, the system can now produce multi-part or family electrodes, which can be displayed in the history tree of the tool on which they will be used. Electrode drawings will update automatically if the design is changed, helping to simplify project management.
Delcam says that multi-part electrodes can reduce the time needed for both machining and EDM and save material, compared to using several individual electrodes, and that a single holder can be used for the combined electrode.
The design of multi-part electrodes uses the same “wizard”-based process as for conventional electrodes. Once the electrode for the first area has been defined, the user then re-runs the wizard for other burn areas to be included in the multi-part component. The same process can be used if particularly hard materials are to be burnt or if the same electrode design is required in several areas of the tool. In these cases, a single electrode might not be sufficient. A second electrode can be created within the blank by re-running the wizard, so that the assembly can be rotated to use the second once the first has worn out.