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Delcam has launched the 2013 R2 versions of its Powershape and Powershape Pro computer-aided design (CAD) software products with new tools and enhancements for solid modelling and for manipulating point clouds.

The two sets of developments will speed up the production of designs ready for manufacturing, whether starting from imported CAD data or from scanned data.

Powershape combines solid, surface, wire-frame and direct modelling to provide a comprehensive range of modelling techniques in a single CAD program. In particular, the combination of direct modelling options and flexible surface modelling makes the software suitable for design-for-manufacture processes — especially when converting product designs into tooling designs.

Powershape Pro combines these extensive CAD tools with point-cloud and triangle modelling, including tools for the live import, repair and editing of point-cloud data from laser scanners. Powershape Pro is suitable for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating personalised items, such as medical devices or sports equipment.

Key enhancements


  • The user can rewind the solid history tree of a model to any position using a graphical slider.
  • Edits can be made — either by applying the Solid Doctor to repair problematic data or by using the full range of direct modelling tools — without losing the history of the model.
  • Once required edits have been completed, the rewind point can be moved or deleted; the complete solid history is then rebuilt automatically.
  • Clicking the right mouse button now has the same effect as pressing ‘apply’ or ‘OK’ on all forms; this is useful when carrying out repetitive tasks such as filleting around a complex model.
  • The user can now select each edge to be filleted, click the right mouse button and then move on to the next edge.
  • A series of holes can be created more quickly by selecting the position and clicking the button for each hole.
  • A new dialogue has been added for the solid-split command.
  • A more flexible replace-face option allows faces of one solid to be replaced with faces from a separate solid.
  • New hole types enable the faster creation of holes for standard metric and imperial cap-head screws and bolts.
  • The Solid Doctor has been made more flexible with the ability to relax or tighten the linking tolerances on specific edges; this is important for subsequent modelling as tolerance issues can affect the reliability of Boolean operations.

Powershape Pro

  • Re-engineering from scanner data can now be carried out more quickly and easily.
  • A set of new modelling tools allows users to extract selected points from within a cloud of point data to make a new one or to combine separate clouds into a single set of data.
  • Separate clouds, or areas within a cloud, can be given different colours to enable easier identification.

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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