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Delcam will demonstrate the new Ember 3D printer from Autodesk and the 2016 R2 version of ArtCAM JewelSmith at the TCT exhibition to be held at the NEC on 30 September and 1 October.

ArtCAM Ember models

Autodesk developed the Ember printer as a reference device for Spark, its open 3D printing platform, to show how tightly integrated software and hardware can deliver an improved user experience. By using digital-light stereolithography to cure liquid resins, Ember creates complex, high-resolution objects, making it desirable for the casting of jewellery.

The Ember printer also offers a rapid build speed, having the capability to produce up to 10 model rings in an hour or up to 20 model rings in less than 90 minutes. 

ArtCAM JewelSmith has been developed specifically to allow jewellery manufacturers 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. 

Functionality currently under development at Delcam to be shown at TCT will allow the 2016 R2 release of ArtCAM JewelSmith to support 3D printing with Ember and other 3D printers.

Key features and benefits of ArtCAM JewelSmith

  • The software includes a gem library, which can be added to by the user, and the KeyShot rendering system, which creates accurate and lifelike images for either customers or retailers to view, or for the production of catalogues and other marketing materials.
  • ArtCAM JewelSmith makes it easier to create complex designs, thanks to new ‘putty’ tool. This allows models to be edited by picking an area to be moved, swirled, pinched or puckered. It is valuable when creating a series of variants on a repeating element in a design or subtly changing fine details within a model.
  • Many of the modelling options, including the new putty tool, now show the results of changes in real time.

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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