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Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its ArtCAM JewelSmith software for the design and manufacture of jewellery at the JCK exhibition in Las Vegas from 30 May to 4 June.

ArtCAM JewelSmith is a special version of Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro artistic CAD/CAM software that 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.

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.

Key features and enhancements 

  • The 2015 release of ArtCAM JewelSmith makes it easier to create complex designs, thanks to a new ‘putty’ tool. This allows models to be edited by picking an area to be moved, swirled, pinched or puckered. It will be especially valuable when creating a series of variants on a repeating element in a design or when subtly changing fine details within a model.
  • Another significant 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. Other 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 also 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 3D view.

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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