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Brazilian footwear manufacturer Macboot is using CADCAM software from Delcam in its product development process. The company uses Powershape Pro, ArtCAM and, more recently, Delcam Crispin’s Shoemaker and Engineer Pro software to develop and evaluate numerous alternative designs for each new product and to get them to market faster.

Initially, the company did not have any software to support the design of its shoes and the whole process was carried out manually. Many errors occurred owing to lack of accuracy, which caused production losses in terms of time and money.

Macboot sought a CAD and 3D printing solution to meet its needs. As well as analysing the technology qualities of the software through tests on its products, the company sought a supplier that could help it change the development culture and provide training for technicians in a very short time.

Another important factor was the accuracy and speed of data exchange with the systems used by Macboot’s mould-making suppliers in the area.

After evaluating the various offerings available, Macboot opted to acquire both technologies from Seacam, Delcam’s partner in Brazil.

Key benefits of product application

  • In 2008, Macboot acquired Powershape Pro to develop sole designs and ArtCAM to design decorative items. Subsequently, Delcam Crispin’s Shoemaker software was added for upper and sole design, plus Engineer Pro for 2D pattern engineering and grading.
  • Macboot recently acquired a 3D printer to produce durable plastic prototype parts from the designs created in the Delcam software.
  • According to Thiago Faleiros, commercial director at Macboot, the introduction of the Delcam technology has brought many improvements to the company, such as the ability to view the soles and to produce prototypes before it begins tooling manufacture.
  • Macboot can additionally develop new designs in secret as the complete process can be done within the company.

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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