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Delcam Crispin will launch a new version of its Shoecost software, which is designed for the prediction and management of the cost of footwear manufacture, at the Simac exhibition to be held in Bologna, Italy, on 8–10 October.

The 2014 version of Shoecost software is claimed to offer a more intuitive interface and integrate more closely with other Delcam Crispin CAD/CAM packages to streamline the design and manufacturing process, while still giving manufacturers better control over costs and profitability.

Shoecost 2014 provides a clear breakdown of all the costs involved in footwear manufacture, making it easy to compare the actual cost of the shoe to the target cost. Costs can be included for cut pattern pieces and components, as well as for labour and overheads. The overall cost for the shoe changes when the drag-and-drop functionality is used to add or remove elements of the design.

Delcam Crispin has tested the software extensively to ensure that automatic nesting achieves the most efficient results. However, custom nesting is still possible by changing the interlocking method.

Key features and benefits

  • Shoecost 2014 has a customisable interface
  • Reports can include 38 variables, such as material colour, total nested area and efficiency of material usage
  • Leather templates are included with the software and quality zones can be defined within digitised leather hides
  • Pattern pieces are allocated to an appropriate quality zone automatically
  • Pattern parts can be imported into Shoecost in the DXF format

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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