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At the Autosport International exhibition on 9–13 January 2014, Bloodhound SSC sponsor Delcam will be on hand to discuss the company’s involvement in the world land speed record attempt. Delcam staff on the Bloodhound SSC stand will also present the latest developments for the motorsport industry in its design, machining and inspection software, including Powershape CAD software, Powermill CAM software and Powerinspect inspection software.

Delcam’s involvement in the Bloodhound SSC project will include technical support with its manufacturing software and expertise, alongside the production of some components for the jet- and rocket-powered racing car in its Advanced Manufacturing Facility.

Powershape CAD software offers a combination of robust solid modelling, flexible surface modelling and quick and easy direct modelling, plus triangle modelling for editing STL files and other triangle formats.

Powermill CAM software is designed for high-speed and five-axis machining across a range of industries, including motorsport.

Powerinspect hardware-independent inspection software has the ability to check prototypes, tooling and production parts against CAD data and to generate reports that can be understood by all engineers, not just specialist metrologists.

Key features and benefits

Powershape CAD software

  • Powershape CAD software is claimed to provide the most comprehensive range of modelling techniques available in a single CAD program.
  • The software reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the product development process.
  • Powershape is suitable for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating customised items, such as equipment for a specific driver.
  • The most recent addition to Powershape is a set of direct modelling tools that will speed up and simplify concept development and enable tooling designers to tackle all the common problems that they find in product designs, such as insufficient draft or inappropriate fillet sizes.

Powermill CAM software

  • Powermill 2014 features the Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance. Vortex has been developed specifically to gain the fastest safe material removal with solid-carbide tooling, in particular those designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface.
  • The Vortex strategy produces toolpaths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation. This maintains the optimum cutting conditions for the entire toolpath that would normally be possible only for the straight-line moves.
  • As a result, the cutting time will be significantly shorter, while cutting will be undertaken at a more consistent volume-removal rate and feed rate, so protecting the machine.

Powerinspect inspection software

  • Recent enhancements include an improved method for the automated inspection of edges of parts, a new mirror command to save programming time for symmetrical components, support for a wider range of geometric features and a new best-fit option when measuring castings and forgings.
  • It also offers dual-device inspection options that allow measurement with two portable devices at the same time, as well as being able to create efficient inspection sequences for use on dual-column CNC co-ordinate measuring machines.

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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