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Delcam’s ArtCAM artistic CAD/CAM software was used by Charlie Smith of Sedbergh School to create his ‘SOLA’ water-heating stove for outdoor expeditions.


'SOLA’ water-heating stove
Charlie Smith with the ‘SOLA’ water-heating stove that won the MTA Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge for 17-19 year-olds

The design lead to Smith winning the Manufacturing Technology Association’s (MTA) annual Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge in the competition for the 17–19 age group.

His victory follows Delcam’s close partnership with the Sedbergh School, an independent co-educational school based in Cumbria. Delcam sponsored the installation of a Roland MDX540 at the school, with the company’s David Stokes helping students with a variety of projects, including Smith’s successful entry.

Open to all technology and design students, the nationwide MTA competition is split into two age groups: 14–16 years old and 17–19 years old. The 12 finalists were chosen by the MTA’s Education and Training committee. 

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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