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Delcam Professional Services helped students from the University of Birmingham to achieve the University’s best ever Formula Student performance in the 2015 competition. Among a number of components machined at Delcam’s Birmingham headquarters was a new combined brake calliper and upright.

Staff from Delcam Professional Services provided guidance to the students on the design of the upright and then machined the components on five-axis machine tools in the company’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility. Using a new bonded two-piece design with an integrated calliper resulted in an upright-calliper combined mass of 803g, delivering a 30 per cent weight saving compared to the previous upright. As well as transferring load between the wheel and the chassis, the part had to house the bearings in which the wheel hub rotates and control the suspension geometry. 

Formula Student is an annual engineering design competition, challenging students from universities around the world to design, build, develop and race single-seater racing cars. It has become recognised as a very effective proving ground for student engineers, where they can develop not only their design and engineering abilities but also skills in teamwork, management of people, time and money, marketing and project planning.

The University of Birmingham Formula Student team is one of the most established in the UK, having first taken part in the competition in 1998. The majority of the team’s members are undergraduates in Mechanical Engineering. Other disciplines also take part as the competition is based around running the team as a successful business, not just having the fastest car.

2015 proved to be the team’s most successful performance in its history, finishing as the third-best UK team and seventh-best overall out of 96 teams that entered.

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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