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Delcam’s Powershape design software is helping MBE Cylinder Heads and Manifolds, which supplies equipment for race teams and engine builders, to achieve both precision and power.

Mark Olson, MBE’s head programmer, said: ‘We do a lot of manual work to develop the shape of the manifold.

‘Once we are happy with the design, we digitise the ports, chambers and whatever else needs to be machined and we import the data into Powershape,’ he added.

According to Olsen, Powershape features a powerful surfacing engine and can manipulate surface data into any shape.

He is able to move designs into Powermill without any problems thanks to the transparent interface between Powermill and Powershape.

Olsen said: ‘You can cut and paste geometry from one program to another very quickly without conventional importing and exporting.

‘Powermill has a very powerful automatic porting routine.

‘Powermill keeps the edge of the tool in contact with the port as opposed to the tip of the tool.

‘Cutting with the edge of the tool gives you much better surface finish,’ he added.

Olson was also drawn to how Powermill ‘sees’ the model when it is creating toolpaths.

Despite clearances as little as 15/1,000ths of an inch, he has not experienced any interference or collisions using Powermill.

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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