DeskProto® to unveil Five-Axis machining CAM Software

Delft Spline Systems will use this year's Euromold show as a platform to launch a new version of the DeskProto CAM software. The new DeskProto Version 6.0 will offer many new features, one of the most exciting is the option to do Five-Axis machining. This option allows to machine a part from all sides, by rotating the part round a fourth and a fifth axis. As a result parts that otherwise would be impossible now can be machined.

The car model shown (Austin Healey Sprite) is a good example as that could not have been machined using just three or four axes. The area round the pedals for instance then would be an undercut and impossible to machine. Using five-axis milling it can be machined: by rotating the complete model as shown. DeskProto offers five-axis indexed machining, machining from any number of sides is possible. More information about this project can be found on the Gallery.

"We are happy for the advanced DeskProto users who have been asking for this feature." says Lex Lennings, DeskProto sales manager. "As you can see really amazing results can be achieved with this new option. Nevertheless we keep our main focus on less experienced machinists: for them the completely new wizards will be the most important improvement in Version 6."

Other new features include:

-Completely new wizards, that will guide the user to easily create toolpaths for roughing, finishing and for a smoothing contour. This dual user interface makes DeskProto ideal for any user: novice users will use the wizard interface, more experienced users will use the dialog based interface. Several wizards are available, including wizards for Rotary machining, for Bitmap machining and for 2D machining.

-Toolpaths now are calculated in a multi-threaded process, significantly reducing the total calculation time on multi-core computers. 64 bits calculations (almost unlimited memory access) were already supported in V5.
A complete list of changes can be found on page New in V6

The low prices for DeskProto have not changed, making five-axis CAM available at an amazingly low price. DeskProto prices range from EUR 145 for the Entry edition to EUR 995 for the Multi-Axis edition. For educational use and for hobby use see the price page. At the Euromold you can find DeskProto in Hall 11, stand E05.

Euromold is the world's leading trade fair for Modelmaking, Moldmaking, and Design. Presented are technologies and innovations for Design, Prototyping and Series Production. Euromold 2011 is the 18th Euromold, expecting over 60.000 visitors and over 1.600 exhibitors, from 85 countries. The Fair will be held in Frankfurt (Germany), 29 Nov to 2 December 2011.

DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems is the 3D CAM program that has made CNC milling a competitive technology for Rapid Prototyping. The software can import STL files from any 3D CAD system, and can export NC program files suited for any 3/4/5-axis CNC milling machine. 2D CAM and bitmap machining are possible as well. Key feature is the ease of use: DeskProto is aimed at designers, not (as most other CAM software) at CAM specialists.

Despite its low-end price DeskProto contains many high-end features, like automatic feedrate reduction at high chiploads, collet collision check, full rotation axis support, the two-sided milling wizard, and much more (not all options are available in the Lite edition). Current users range from one-person design and model shops to multinational A-brand companies like Unilever, Lancôme, Sony-Ericsson and NASA.

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