Delcam and Renishaw enter development partnership

Delcam, one of the UK?s largest CADCAM software suppliers, and Renishaw, a leading metrology company, have entered into a development partnership

Delcam, one of the UK’s largest CADCAM software suppliers, and Renishaw, a leading metrology company, have entered into a development partnership to broaden the functionality within Renishaw’s Tracecut software. This will greatly expand the ways in which digitized data captured with Renishaw’s equipment can be used: either that collected by dedicated scanners like the Cyclone digitizing system or from Renishaw probes fitted onto co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM’s) or machine tools.

The main addition will be the ability to create CAD surfaces from the digitized data that can then be transferred into any CAD system, including Delcam’s PowerSHAPE programme.

The combination of digitizing and CAD has three main applications: developing new parts from existing components, adding complex decorations or features onto the surfaces of standard products, and making minor styling changes to physical models in the final stages of product development.Other options include creating CAD models from physical models for use by analysis packages, generation of surface data from prototype parts for subsequent manufacture of mass production tooling, archiving legacy models as CAD files, and capturing data for computer visualization and animation.