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Delcam, a supplier of CAD/CAM solutions for automotive, aerospace, plastics, ceramics, rubber, glass and packaging customers, has launched the 2010 R2 version of its Powerinspect inspection software.

The new release incorporates automatic surface inspection and the ability to use GDandT data from Catia models, plus improvements to the handling of point-cloud data and changes to the interface to make the software even easier to use.

Powerinspect combines the ability to work with all types of inspection device with a range of inspection routines for making simple measurements, for inspecting geometric features and for checking complex surfaces.

The resulting reports present detailed information in easy-to-read formats that can be understood by all engineers, not just inspection specialists, according to the company.

The new automatic surface inspection methods for CNC co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and machine tools use raster strategies taken from Delcam’s machining software.

The user can set the distance between each point to be measured and the step-over between each line of measurements to develop the grid of data to be taken.

Each of these two key values can be set for each individual surface within the model, for groups of surfaces or for the whole model.

This allows a greater density of data to be collected from more critical areas of the component.

For example, a mould maker might want to collect more comprehensive information from the core and cavity areas of a tool than from the split surfaces.

As with all Powerinspect strategies, the user can specify additional measurements to be made in any areas of concern identified by the initial inspection.

The ability to extract GDandT data from Catia models will allow designers to ensure that the correct design intent is measured in any prototype or production component.

The designer can specify the required tolerances as the design develops and also specify the data to be used for the inspection routine.

The Powerinspect user can extract this information and use it as the basis for his or her quality control routines.

The software now has the ability to align regions of the point cloud to specific, more critical areas of the model, rather than simply applying a best-fit routine over a whole part.

In addition, new point-cloud registration functionality allows multiple point clouds to be aligned with each other, for example when two sets of data are collected from opposite sides of the part.

The combined data can then be used to generate a single report for the whole item.

The changes to the Powerinspect interface will make it easier to create inspection routines, especially for users of inspection arms and manual CMMs.

This will be particularly helpful for occasional users of the software when creating inspection sequences that combine simple measures with geometric data.

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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