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The 2013 release of Delcam’s Powershape CAD software includes enhancements to the direct modelling and reverse-engineering capabilities as well as to the solid and surface modelling options.

According to the company, Powershape provides a comprehensive range of modelling techniques; having all the different techniques in one package is said to reduce the need to transfer data between multiple programs.

Powershape enables users to re-engineer existing products into improved designs or to create specialised items.

In addition, its combination of quick and direct modelling options, together with flexible surface modelling, makes the software suitable for design-for-manufacture applications, particularly when converting product designs into tooling designs.

Key enhancements

  • Replace Face option — this allows a selected face or group of faces to be replaced with another face or group of faces, either from the same solid or from a separate solid or surface material
  • Solid Core command — this automatically selects the smallest rectangular or cylindrical shape that will fully enclose a group of solid faces
  • Simplification of the selection and editing of faces — groups of faces can now be selected by surrounding them with a boundary, either by dragging the mouse or by clicking a series of points
  • Point-cloud data capturing — point data can be displayed on screen instantly as a laser attachment is passed over the object being scanned; this ensures that all the required information can be captured, as any gaps in the data will be immediately apparent
  • 2D nesting of 2D profiles or 3D parts — once the numbers of each component required and the minimum spacing needed between each item have been specified, Powershape calculates the most efficient layout using the minimum amount of material

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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