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Design and machining software from Delcam has enabled Cimarron Lofting to make a greater range of products, including cabinet parts, vent covers, grills, electrical cover plates and front-door panels.

In a search for a better production method, company owner Bill Amaya purchased a CNC router with a simple program to drive it.

He said: ‘As we got proficient with this new way of working, it became apparent that better software would be needed.

‘With the help of Ben Gowers from Delcam, I selected a powerful modelling program called Delcam Designer, coupled with the FeatureCAM feature-based CAM [computer-aided-manufacturing] system to drive the router,’ added Amaya.

He has used Delcam Designer, a 3D modelling program, to enhance how the company produces some of its handrail pieces.

Amaya continued: ‘I use its built-in drafting module to communicate clearly with my team of craftsman the specifics of each product.

‘I have also used the software to show clients their stairway prior to fabrication.

‘FeatureCAM, with its superior tool paths, has allowed us to efficiently produce parts.

‘The way it is set up means that we can modify the G-code output quickly and easily to adjust for fixturing challenges and design errors.

‘The part documentation and printing abilities enable very clear communication among team members and ensure repeatability.

‘That repeatability is critical when there can be a time span of several months between repeat orders,’ he said.

According to the owner, Cimarron Lofting has saved time using the automatic tool selection in FeatureCAM, coupled with feed-rate and spindle-speed calculations.

Amaya added that the the roughing and finishing tool paths enable the company to produce parts quickly.

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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