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Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its ArtCAM Jewelsmith software — suitable for the design and manufacture of rings, broaches, cufflinks and other jewellery — at this year’s JCK exhibition, which is set to take place in Las Vegas from 31 May to 3 June.

According to the company, the latest release of ArtCAM Jewelsmith makes it easier to create complex designs that give pieces with the greatest impact, especially those that include repeated elements that are similar, but not identical, within the design.

Software in detail

  • The main addition in the latest release of ArtCAM Jewelsmith is a new way of working called ‘Free Relief Modelling’ — a technique that allows previously created reliefs to be selected and then moved, rotated, rescaled and copied, either individually or as part of a group. 
  • Any part of the design can be isolated, edited and then recombined into a group for duplication or further editing within the group; at any stage in the process, either individual items or a group of items can be saved within the software’s clipart library for use in future projects.
  • A related development that will also make it easier to create more complex designs in ArtCAM Jewelsmith allows the interaction between different layers to be viewed in real time; this will make it much faster to choose the best combination of the different layers as the effects of changing the overlap can be seen instantly.
  • Sketching in ArtCAM Jewelsmith has been made easier by giving the designer the freedom to alternate between straight and curved vectors while drawing; once created, vectors can now be added to or closed, and any nodes within them can be edited or deleted, at any time, either in the 2D or 3D view.
  • The ability to add textures to designs has been extended with a new patent-pending ‘Texture Flow’ tool to create more natural organic textures, such as hair, fur and scales. 
  • More natural effects can be obtained with an addition to the sculpting tools; sculpting effects can now be scattered randomly across the design, as well as placed systematically.

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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