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Software from Delcam is enabling the digital artists at New Zealand-based Weta Workshop, a design and effects company, to service an extensive number of varying jobs per week.

Weta Workshop is perhaps best known for its work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, District 9 and Avatar. It also specialises in publishing, merchandising, high-end collectibles and fine-art bronzes.

The company wanted to shift from a purely handcraft business to one that utilises all available digital technology — primarily laser cutting, plasma cutting, 3D modelling and printing and CNC milling.

To support this, Weta Workshop’s 3D department comprises 13 digital artists working with Delcam’s ArtCAM CADCAM software and Powermill CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining.

Key benefits of product application

  • According to Weta Workshop’s Jordan Thomson, the transition has been seamless because Delcam’s software interfaces with the company’s machinery easily and reliably.
  • He added that the software is very flexible, meaning the company can facilitate a diverse range of jobs on any of its six machines.
  • Delcam software is enabling Weta Workshop to remain competitive and dynamic in a commercial environment.

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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