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Delcam has released the 2012 R2 version of its Powerinspect software, which includes enhanced inspection and reverse-engineering capabilities.

According to the company, the main improvement in terms of reverse engineering is the expansion of the Digitised Curves capabilities to create a powerful re-engineering and modelling tool.

Improvements to the inspection functionality include a simplified procedure enabling users to quickly calibrate the probe assembly by probing a single point anywhere within the measuring envelope; a new offset-alignment method that aligns the part with the axes of the co-ordinate measuring machine while setting the position with a single point measurement; and new point-cloud options that make it easier to modify and reuse digitised curves and points, with options for editing, deleting and resuming measurement of the points and curves.

Further enhancements

  • The automated section-measurement functionality, which was previously only available in the manual version of Powerinspect, is now available in both the OMV and CNC offline programming versions; section measurement is useful for the measurement of blades and aerofoils as well as for automotive inspection.
  • New options within Digitised Curves allow edges, holes and gaps to be identified as the part is being probed; curves can also be created from CAD models within Powerinspect or they can be imported directly from other software packages.
  • The new creation and editing options for curves can be used with a new marking-out feature for refining or completing clay models — a requirement for creating automotive and marine styling models; this utility enables curves created within Powerinspect to be used to guide a marking-out tool on a measuring device or a layout machine.

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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