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Delcam will showcase the latest release of its ArtCAM Jewelsmith software for the design and manufacture of rings, broaches, cufflinks and other types of jewellery on Stand U71 in Hall 17 at the Spring Fair, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 2–6 February. 

According to the company, ArtCAM Jewelsmith has been designed specifically to allow jewellery manufacturers to increase productivity, improve quality and deliver new designs more quickly.

Key features of the new ArtCAM Jewelsmith release include a gem library and a rendering system, called Keyshot, which enables designs to be rendered to create extremely accurate and lifelike images for either customers or retailers to view or for the production of catalogues and other marketing materials. 

The latest release is also claimed to make it much easier to create complex designs, with a new approach called interactive distortion modelling. This allows users to distort either vectors or reliefs within ArtCAM Jewelsmith models by bending or stretching the design and to see the results in real time.

Another major focus in the new release is on vector creation and editing. New snapping options make vector creation much quicker and include the ability to snap to anything in the design, including any point on a vector, intersections between vectors, guidelines and key points within a model.

Key features and benefits

  • .STL, OBJ, 3DS or 3DM file formats of custom gems can be stored in the library
  • New gems can be created from any 3D model and used to create bespoke jewellery designs
  • Keyshot enables designs to be rendered to create accurate and lifelike images for either customers or retailers to view
  • Interactive distortion modelling allows users to distort either vectors or reliefs within ArtCAM Jewelsmith models 
  • Vectors can now be joined when they are mirrored using any of the many mirroring options available
  • Ability to specify colours for areas within different height bands makes it easier to sculpt reliefs to a required depth
  • Vector Doctor has been enhanced so imported vectors from 2D artwork or sketches can be cleaned up more quickly
  • ‘Quick-select’ functions help to spot unobvious open vectors that could cause machining issues
  • New strategy gives the ability to add linear or curved fluting to designs
  • Snapping options make vector creation quicker and include the ability to snap to anything in the design

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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