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Delcam has introduced the 2012 version of its Powerinspect inspection software, which features improvements designed to make inspection easier as well as the addition of basic reverse-engineering functionality to the point-cloud module.

Powerinspect works with inspection devices and routines of all types and is used to take measurements, inspect geometric features and analyse complex 3D surfaces, according to the company.

Key improvements

Mirror command

  • This saves programming time for symmetrical components and reduces programming errors
  • It also allows the inspection sequence to be mirrored from one half of a part to the other half or from the left-hand version of a design to the right-hand version

Increased range of dimensions

  • More types of distance, angle and diameters and radii are included
  • There are more versatile options to display dimensions, ensuring reports are easy to read

Point-cloud module enhancements

  • STL export provides basic reverse-engineering functionality for scanned data
  • STL export can be used within Powershape Pro for more advanced reverse-engineering operations
  • Point-cloud display now features an option to show any back-facing points in a second colour, highlighting discontinuities
  • It is now possible to measure edge points directly, rather than having to measure the surface first (however, it is recommended that both edge and surface should be checked if there is any likelihood of part distortion)
  • Inspection of castings, forgings and similar near-net shapes has been improved with a best-fit option, which centres the component within the measurement data so the largest possible minimum stock is located on the part
  • ‘Lock workpane’ option has been included to give faster and easier programming with less chance of error

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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