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The latest version of Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro CADCAM software for artistic applications has made it much easier to create complex designs, with a new approach called interactive distortion modelling. This allows users to distort either vectors or reliefs within ArtCAM models by bending or stretching the design, and to see the results in real time.

ArtCAM Pro is aimed at skilled artisans, rather than engineers, and requires little knowledge of engineering or computing. It has been particularly successful in the signmaking, woodworking and engraving industries.

The addition of interactive distortion modelling in the latest release makes ArtCAM’s unique free-relief modelling more powerful. Interactive distortion modelling makes it possible to create the most complex shapes quickly and easily, with the ability to see the effects of any changes as they are being made.

A second major focus in the new release is on vector creation and editing. New snapping options make vector creation much quicker. They include the ability to snap to anything in the design, including any point on a vector, intersections between vectors, guidelines and key points within a model. Another new option in ArtCAM 2013 is the ability to specify colours for areas within different height bands, making it easier to sculpt reliefs to a required depth.

Key features and benefits

  • Requires little knowledge of engineering or computing
  • Shapes can be quickly rescaled and copied, either individually or as part of a group
  • Vector creation much quicker
  • ‘Quick-select’ functions help to spot unobvious open vectors
  • Linear and curved fluting can now be added to designs

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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