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Carveture, Joe Valasek’s custom wood carving company, is using Delcam’s ArtCAM CAD/CAM software to produce intricately carved artwork and architectural pieces, including large and detailed murals and doors.

Valasek began his career as a sculptor more than 30 years ago. After using only hard-carving tools for the first few years of his career, he decided to try and marry the power of the computer and CNC machinery with the freedom and creativity of manual sculpting. He tried a number of software packages before deciding on ArtCAM.

In his early years of working with CNC, he teamed up with a couple of other designers to carve grapevines onto the ends of wine barrels to make decorative faces for clocks sold through a wine accessories catalogue.

Valasek is now taking on much larger projects for both corporate clients and individuals.

Key benefits of product application

  • Valasek has been able to produce two 12ft-wide by 6ft-high murals, with huge levels of detail and a wide range of different scenes; these would have taken six months to carve with traditional methods, but were designed in just two months using ArtCAM.
  • ArtCAM has also enabled Valasek to design a series of murals for Peacehealth, a group of hospitals in the north-western US, in just two weeks.
  • With ArtCAM, Valasek can reuse parts of his art, and artwork can even be purchased on the web and incorporated into the design; the result is that carved artworks and architectural pieces are now becoming more affordable.

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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