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At the Jinjiang Footwear Expo to be held in Fujian, China, from 18–21 April, Delcam CRISPIN will launch the new release of its ShoeMaker Pro CAD software for the design of all types of footwear includes special editing tools to adapt an existing sole to a new upper design.

The 2015 R2 version also incorporates more efficient tools for upper design, such as edge gimping, stitch-down simulation and a new jewellery library, plus improvements to the KeyShot rendering and the ability to export models in Apple’s iBook Widget format for viewing on iPads and iPhones.

The stand will also display the winning designs in the company’s recent footwear design competition.

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Key product features and benefits 

  • Integrates fully the 3D design of uppers and soles, so allowing the complete 3D CAD model of the shoe to be developed and visualised within a single system. This is particularly advantageous for companies making sports shoes and other designs that include complex soles.
  • Easier to take an existing sole design and adapt it to a new upper design.
  • Using an existing sole design can shorten the overall development process, while the new alignment tools make 3D modelling of the shoe quicker and easier.
  • Two new tools allow the shape of the sole to be edited, either by using the bending tool to match a flat sole to the profile of the upper or by using the box morphing tool to reshape the sole to match the last.
  • Stitch-down construction can be modelled.  As with the other stitching options in ShoeMaker, various types of stitching can be trialled, with different stitch sizes and spacing.
  • The main enhancement to the KeyShot rendering in ShoeMaker is the ability to produce a render of a pair of shoes by mirroring the design automatically to generate the second shoe in the image.  

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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