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Delcam Crispin will launch the 2014 version of its Engineer Pro software for pattern development and grading in the footwear industry at the Jinjiang International Footwear Exposition to be held in Jinjiang Machi City, Fujian, China, from 18–21 April. 

Engineering Pro software for footwear pattern development

Engineer Pro helps users to produce 2D samples and graded footwear patterns for manufacturing in the fastest possible time, while also assisting in the management of tooling costs.

According to the company, the 2014 version includes a number of enhancements that add ‘intelligence’ to the software and so make it more intuitive and faster to use.

When creating a chain from a series of intersecting lines, Engineer Pro now anticipates the chain that the user wants and highlights it. Any constrained items, including markers, linked to the chain will react more intelligently during grading and will adjust their positions automatically if the grading operation would make them overlap the boundary of the piece.

In addition, the single-click boundary command introduced in the 2013 release of Engineer Pro has been enhanced, meaning that adjoining regions can now be added to the piece with a single click in the neighbouring area.

Key features and benefits

  • Engineer Pro now anticipates the chain that the user wants and highlights it.
  • Adjoining regions can now be added to the piece with a single click in the neighbouring area.
  • If a part has a mirrored boundary, the features will be mirrored automatically. Once the piece area has been finalised, edge details can be added around the part simply by dragging and dropping designs from the library of edge templates.
  • The software offers the ability to step around all the intersections in the boundary and apply radii to the corners. Adding these curves in place of sharp corners speeds up and simplifies subsequent cutting operations.
  • Any sharp corners that need to be retained can be deselected from the boundary. Chamfers can be added around the boundary in a similar way, with notches being skipped automatically, since it makes no sense to apply a chamfer to a notch. Notches are also skipped if the radius value is too large to be applied.
  • If the cursor is positioned close to a small detail such as a notch, the system will assume that this is what is to be selected, instead of the user having to zoom in to make the selection.
  • A ‘Select All Like’ option allows users to choose a particular line type and then select all similar lines automatically. Once selected, the group of lines can be edited simultaneously.
  • Improved import of DXF files using the Delcam Exchange data translation system is provided.
  • The software offers better support of the pallet milling machines and auto-stitching equipment manufactured by Orisol.

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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