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Delcam’s CADCAM software has helped Base Patterns — which supplies models, patterns, fixtures and tooling to various advanced engineering sectors — to grow its business thanks to its flexibility and comprehensive technical support.

Base Patterns, based in Leicestershire, is part of Base Group, which was founded by John Miller and consists of several companies providing chemicals and materials for advanced composite applications.

Base Group controls the entire manufacturing cycle from polymer to 3D-machined prototype, model, pattern, jigs and subassemblies. The company says that this has delivered exceptional results in the domestic market, with growth in excess of 35 per cent in 2012. 

During the same period, Base Group has also expanded its overseas activities, resulting in a 20 per cent contribution from international markets.

Key benefits of product applications

  • By utilising the Powershape CAD software and Powermill CAM system, the company is able to meet the design needs of its clients and convert this into a three-dimensional form.
  • According to the company, using Delcam CADCAM software means clients can be provided with faster response times and shortened lead times that exceed their expectations.
  • As a key strategic international partner, Delcam is able to support Base Group’s business needs through a variety of software.
  • Comprehensive technical support from Delcam supports the long-term vision for Base Patterns.  
  • Tony Wilcox, project manager at Base Patterns, said that Delcam’s software is at the heart of the operation and delivers a seamless transition from initial CAD through to the final inspection.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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