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Delcam CRISPIN is set to run its second Footwear Technology Forum at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan on 14–15 October this year.

The forum will provide an opportunity for designers and manufacturers of all types of footwear to learn about new technology that will improve their businesses. It will focus on current and emerging technology that will help companies to develop more innovative designs, reduce costs and introduce new products to market more quickly.

The programme is still being developed but topics already scheduled to be covered include materials and equipment for 3D printing of footwear, rendering technologies to allow superior visualisation of new designs before they are manufactured, novel methods for the design and production of lasts and developments in more sustainable materials.

The event will be held alongside the Ortho Technology Forum (OTF), which is to take place at the same venue on 13–14 October. The OTF covers a similar range of developments in the design and manufacture of custom orthotic insoles and in the production of orthopaedic footwear.

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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