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Using Powershape CAD software from Delcam has enabled Portsmouth-based manufacturing group Formaplex, which specialises in high-end automotive injection moulding, machining and composite technologies, to diversify into other industries.

Formaplex has recently contributed to the development of Force Protection Europe’s Ocelot, a light-protected patrol vehicle intended to improve the survival rates of troops facing IEDs and other threats.

The manufacturing company has been awarded a contract to supply 200 of the blast-proof pods that protect the crew and passengers of the vehicle, for the MoD’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle programme.

Designed using Delcam’s Powershape CAD software, these composite pods are reported to have performed well in testing rounds designed to replicate the impact of explosive devices encountered in war zones.

Key benefits of product application

  • Formaplex stated Powershape met all the company’s requirements for speed and accuracy.
  • The company now uses six seats of Powershape, which is used for patterns, jigs, fixtures, composite lay-up tools and moulds of all types, including injection, RTM and RIM.
  • Company expansion, due to the Ocelot project, has enabled Formaplex to hire skilled and experienced staff.

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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