1 August 2007: Alphacam will be underlining its new ‘three steps to manufacturing’ concept with the first showing of the company’s Part Modeller CAD software on stand L10 in Hall 6 at the EMO Exhibition in Hannover – which takes place between 17th & 22nd September.
Providing a low cost, protected upgrade route for companies looking to migrate from 2D to 3D solid modelling, Alphacam’s Part Modeller delivers around 80% of the functionality of premium design software packages at less than 20% of their cost.
With a launch price of just £1500, the new Windows XP and Vista-compliant software incorporates a wide range of advanced geometry creation tools, as well as direct data import from SolidWorks, Solid Edge and popular DWG, STEP and IGES formats. It also enables users to easily extract any required components from imported assemblies for subsequent modification, updating or manipulation.
Using intuitive CAD tools, the Part Modeller allows users to create and store libraries of company-standard component profiles, along with parametrically-driven products and assemblies. New members of product families can be generated in moments, simply by entering numerical values within a Microsoft Excel – or equivalent – spreadsheet. Full associativity is retained between components within the structure, ensuring that individual parts – and associated machining toolpaths – are updated as new parametric values are specified.
The new icon-driven modeller provides seamless integration with Alphacam’s programming software, plus data output in SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES and DWG formats. It also supports STL output for rapid prototyping operations and will create fully dimensioned, technical diagrams and assembly drawings on demand.
“The new Part Modeller is an integral part of our ‘three steps to manufacturing’ concept,” explains Alphacam’s marketing manager, Emma Tyreman. “It is an easy-to-use CAD solution that provides the foundation for users to create accurate toolpaths and CNC code at the touch of a button – enabling them to significantly cut their design to manufacturing lead times. This, along with the throughput and machining accuracy benefits provided by our programming software, are keys to success in today’s ultra-competitive metalworking arena.”
Alphacam is a principal brand of the Planit Group – recently ranked by CIMdata as the world’s fastest growing CAM vendor, with most industrial users.
Alphacam’s world-class CAD/CAM software for the engineering, woodworking and stone sectors provides rapid return on investment for manufacturing operations ranging from simple 2D profiling to complex 5-axis machining.
For more than three decades, Alphacam has provided products and services that enable customers to improve the productivity of their machine tools, shorten design and manufacturing time, optimise material usage and deliver high quality goods and services to their customers.
For additional information, visit www.alphacam.com.
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