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At the Autosport Engineering exhibition, Delcam will demonstrate its Powershape CAD software, Powermill CAM software and Powerinspect inspection software. The company’s software helps manufacturers of metal and composite parts to maximise productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times.

Powershape is said to be particularly suitable for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating customised items, such as equipment for a specific driver.

Powermill is designed to provide high-speed five-axis machining across a range of industries, including motorsport.

Powerinspect has the ability to check prototypes, tooling and production parts against CAD data.

Autosport Engineering is scheduled to be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 8–9 January 2013.

Key features and benefits

Powershape CAD software

  • This software offers a combination of solid modelling, surface modelling and direct modelling, plus triangle modelling for editing STL files and other triangle formats.
  • Recently added direct modelling tools are designed to speed up and simplify concept development and enable tooling designers to tackle all the common problems found in product designs, such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes.

Powermill CAM software

  • The Vortex strategy for high-speed clearance has been developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid-carbide tooling; it is particularly suitable for designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface.
  • The strategy can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, three-plus-two-axis area clearance and rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths.
  • Vortex toolpaths are calculated to give more efficient machining by following the shape of the part, thus keeping air movement to a minimum.

Powerinspect inspection software

  • This software generates reports that can be understood by all engineers.
  • Recent enhancements and additions include a mirror command to save programming time for symmetrical components, a wider range of dimensional measurements, easier inspection of edge points and a best-fit option when measuring castings and forgings.
  • The automated section-measurement functionality is now available in both the on-machine verification and CNC offline-programming versions.

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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