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Delcam has enhanced its 2012 release of Powershape CAD software with a range of direct modelling options that are focused on design for manufacture, in particular, on preparing product designs for the development of moulds and other types of tooling.

According to the company, these options will enable tooling designers to tackle all the common problems that they find in product designs, such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes.

Delcam claims it is faster to use direct modelling than surface modelling and so can shorten the overall time needed to produce the tools.

The company has taken care to make the new options as accessible as possible, by enhancing existing commands rather than grouping them in a separate area of the software.

Key functions

  • Identifies fillets within imported geometry, even when the modelling history has been lost
  • Modifies unsuitable thicknesses, either by a specific value or interactively
  • Identifies ’dumb’ geometry including holes, pockets, cuts and bosses

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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