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Delcam is set to showcase its range of CADCAM systems for the packaging industry at the Expo Pack Mexico exhibition to be held in Mexico City on 18–20 June. The software helps packaging designers and manufacturers meet growing demand for innovative designs by automating routine operations, thus leaving more time for creative work.

Full integration between the product design, tooling design and manufacturing modules of the software ensures that the initial concept can be converted into a finished pack as quickly as possible.

Delcam’s Powershape and ArtCAM design software allows logos, textures and other decorations to be incorporated into standard pack designs more readily to help reinforce the branding of products. Modification of complex designs is much easier and quicker, making it possible to create a greater selection of alternatives when presenting proposals for new designs.

Software in detail

  • Powershape CAD enables parts of the design process to be automated, including fill line calculation and volume adjustment when producing a range of sizes. This allows designers to concentrate on the form of the product and leave the system to undertake routine calculations of the physical properties such as the volume or mass of the packaging and its contents.
  • Standard parts and sections, such as closures, necks or thread forms, may be stored in the system and added into new models as required.
  • The automation of routine operations increases accuracy by ensuring a perfect fit between a bottle and its cap, for example, and reduces the possibility of mistakes.
  • Once a design has been approved, Powershape enables tooling designs for the full range of processes — blow moulds for plastic or glass, injection moulds for closures and punches for cans — to be generated rapidly from the product designs.
  • A high degree of automation is built into the software, for example when calculating the optimum mould split lines.
  • Allowances can be made for effects of material shrinkage during processing, ensuring that the finished container volume remains accurate.
  • To complete the move into full-scale manufacturing, Delcam’s Powermill CAM system can be used to generate reliable, repeatable manufacturing data for the NC machining of tooling.
  • At all stages of the development process, the Powerinspect inspection module allows prototypes, tooling and samples to be checked against the computer model to ensure that the designer’s intent is captured faithfully in the end product.

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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