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At Walla Walla Foundry, Delcam’s software is being used as part of a commitment to the technical advancing of fine-art casting. By combining Delcam’s Powermill CAM system and five-axis machining with the company’s expertise in producing contemporary sculpture, Walla Walla Foundry offers a unique service to its artist clients.

The foundry, founded by Mark Anderson, provides casting services. In 1999, Dylan Farnum, who is now the company’s president, joined Walla Walla Foundry and began taking the CNC department from the CNC milling of just castings to the full five-axis machining of detailed art pieces.

Jon Marc Kortsh, engineering manager, said that when they are working with someone else’s art and are in charge of replicating it exactly as the artist intended, it is essential to be able to modify a nuance that they perceive, or that the artist perceives, as important.

Anderson said that he remembers a pivotal moment in the company’s decision over its software supplier came when a valued customer told him: ‘If you don’t get Delcam software, you will be lost. Pure and simple.’

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Key benefits of product application

  • Farnum said: ‘When we started using the Delcam software for the first time, in comparison with the old software we were using, it was like a big light going on. Powermill opened up a whole new world for us. We were faster and better at what we were doing, and ended up buying two new five-axis machines to expand our milling capabilities.’
  • Aaron Hamilton in the engineering department said of Powermill: ‘The menus are laid out better, it’s easier to work through problem areas on a model, it’s more visual to me and the help menus are absolutely great. I can also modify any toolpath on the fly and that puts me in control when I need to be in control. Setup is really a breeze with Powermill.’
  • Jon Marc Kortsh, engineering manager, added: ‘We work with complex models and we feel guaranteed of zero collisions with Powermill. We have the confidence that we can go home and run lights-out, with no fear of coming back to work in the morning to find a big mess.’

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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