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Delcam is set to demonstrate the new real-time modelling tools in the 2015 release of its ArtCAM Pro signmaking software at the Sign & Digital exhibition, which is to be held at the NEC in Birmingham from 24–26 March.

Unlike most other CAD/CAM systems, ArtCAM Pro is aimed at skilled artisans rather than engineers and requires little knowledge of engineering or computing.  It has been particularly successful in the signmaking, woodworking and engraving industries.

In these areas and in other artistic applications, ArtCAM Pro is claimed to help users to increase productivity, improve quality and deliver new designs more quickly, by combining their craft skills and creativity with the power and precision of computer-aided manufacturing.

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Key features and enhancements 

  • The main development for ArtCAM Pro 2015 is the new putty tool for modelling.  This allows models to be edited by picking an area to be moved, swirled, pinched or puckered. It is useful when creating a series of variants on a repeating element in a design, such as a number of flowers making up a bouquet, or subtly changing the details of a design such as facial expressions.
  • Another change is the ability to create and edit 3D shapes in real time, allowing the user to see changes instantly. Previously, this live update was only available when distorting vector artwork. 
  • Options now operating in real time include the shape editor, the two-rail-sweep tools and the extrude, spin and turn modelling tools.
  • The 2015 release includes new tools to speed up the editing of vectors. First, the selection of vectors has been made easier and quicker. Dragging the mouse across any area of a model now selects all the vectors either completely or partially within that area. Selection can also be made of a set of nodes, either from a single vector or from a group of vectors. Once selected, the group of vectors or the set of nodes can be edited simultaneously in either the 2D or the 3D view.
  • CNC machining is often easier if all the vectors are in either the clockwise or anticlockwise direction. ArtCAM Pro can now identify all vectors created in one direction automatically, rather than having to check each vector in turn, so saving time.
  • On the machining side, custom tools can be created using an open vector to represent the tool’s profile, while relief slicing is available to divide high reliefs for machining, laser engraving or 3D printing as a series of files.

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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