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The Powermill CAM system for five-axis machining from Delcam has been used by Golden Era Productions to produce sets and props as large as 10 x 5 x 4ft in a single set-up, even when the pieces include complex, highly detailed 3D surfaces.

Golden Era produces religious film, video and television programmes and organises events. These productions require considerable numbers of sets and props, primarily made from foam and wood, which must be produced to high levels of detail and accuracy.

Powermill from Delcam was recently used on the company’s DMS five-axis CNC router to produce a partially finished sculpture for a film shot in the studio of an artist.

Key benefits of product application

  • Using Powermill, Golden Era is able to produce projects in hours that would have taken days to carve by hand.
  • The company said Powermill is easy to learn and use and allows Golden Era to take advantage of five-axis machining.
  • 3D designs are created in 3D Studio Max — if final tweaks need to be produced for modelling, the designs can be imported into ArtCAM, Delcam’s artistic CAD/CAM software.

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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