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Delcam has released an update of its Powerinspect inspection software that has an interface with new icons that are said to make the software more intuitive and even easier to use. Other enhancements in the version include the ability to create compound items and so speed up and simplify repetitive measurements, improvements to the measurement dialogues and a further increase in the range of geometric features that can be inspected.

The software can now be used to take all types of simple measurements and to inspect a growing range of geometric features, as well as offering more tools for analysing complex 3D surfaces. In addition to making it easier to negotiate the greater range of options, the new interface features freshly designed icons, which is intended to give a cleaner look and feel to the software.

In addition, Powerinspect now has the ability for users to create custom toolbars, which allow frequently used commands to be grouped together in one convenient place, thus improving speed and ease of use. It is possible to export and import toolbars, so users can easily transfer their setup to a different PC or share their toolbars with other operators.

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Key features and benefits

  • Powerinspect can create a compound item that combines the plane and the feature together into a single compound feature and assumes that the 2D feature is to be reported, while the plane is not. This leads to a shorter sequence tree that is easier to navigate and a report that shows only the properties of the 2D features by default.
  • Using compound features makes it much quicker and easier to go back and forth between measurements. In particular, if the plane needs to be re-measured to determine the height of the circle, rather than the XY position, it can be re-measured immediately.
  • The software has enables users to create custom toolbars, which allow frequently used commands to be grouped together in one convenient place and so improves speed and ease of use.
  • The user can now choose to display nominal, deviation and error values, helping to highlight immediately whether each measured feature is in tolerance. This provides the operator with more complete information, allowing even faster decisions about the status of the part and whether to continue with, or to end, the measurement routine.
  • The range of geometric features that can be measured with Powerinspect continues to be increased, with a new option to create a probed ellipse. A new constructed geometric feature allows the user to create the circle at the intersection of two tori. This can then be used to locate the transition point in ‘S’ bends in tubing and ductwork applications.
  • Enhancements have been made to the measurement of a constructed ellipse.
  • Improved calibration records can now be recorded in the probe database. This allows better traceability of the data and provides more assistance for the user to manage his or her calibrations.
  • Powerinspect now includes improved support for the Renishaw PH20 probe. 

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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