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Delcam’s ArtCAM artistic CAD/CAM software is being used by the workshops at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre to produce scenery for operas and other productions. The software allows scenery to be made more quickly and at lower cost.

Mariinsky Theatre
Detailed scenery at the Mariinsky Theatre

According to Inessa V Almazova, head of department at the theatre, the scenery has always been complex, so the cost of its production was high. Almazova was tasked with developing modern manufacturing techniques that would reduce the cost of the scenery.

Almazova said: ‘A few years ago, the supplier of our large-format printers showed us equipment to cut sheet-metal parts on a milling machine. We acquired a three-axis milling machine, designed for cutting soft sheet material: wood, plywood, plastic, foams, etc.’

The same supplier advised the department to use ArtCAM for the programming, which enabled the team to develop programs for the milling machine and, later, for laser cutting. In August 2013, the department purchased a new three-axis milling machine with an indexable fourth axis to expand its manufacturing capabilities. Again, it used ArtCAM for the programming.

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Key benefits of product application

  • Despite the fact that the theatre has mastered digital technology, the role of the designers has remained central to the process of creating each new set of scenery. Before staging a new opera, artists and modellers use AutoCAD to create from paper sketches detailed models at a 1:20 scale of each scene in the production and all of its scenery. 
  • Production of the models is a complex and time-consuming task as the team must contain all the fine details that will appear in the final full-scale designs. In addition, the designers must take into account not only the aesthetic aspects but also the technical requirements to allow a change of scenery during the production and to provide a sequence of assembly and disassembly for transport and storage. The results of the work of designers and technologists are two-dimensional vector drawings, with an accompanying description of each part. The data is then transmitted digitally to ArtCAM so the programmer can develop an efficient layout of the various elements in the block of material and create the programs for the CNC router.
  • Once the director of the production has approved the scenery designs, they are produced at full scale. This is one of the main advantages of the digital approach, since the 1:20 CAD model can be resized quickly to the size to be used in the theatre. Similarly, ArtCAM makes it easy to duplicate parts of the design or to create their mirror copies. 
  • These techniques mean the new scenery can be produced much more quickly. Even more importantly, the CNC router and ArtCAM have reduced the financial costs of creating scenery and so allowed the Mariinsky Theatre to recoup the cost of purchasing the equipment many times over.

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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