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The Simoldes Group, a European mould-making company, has standardised on Delcam’s Powershape CAD software and Powermill CAM software for the manufacture of its tooling.

Simoldes focuses on the automotive and motorbike sectors but also makes tooling for the houseware, electronics, material-handling and packaging industries. The company uses mainly large machines ranging from 2–5m in length and offering everything from 2D drilling up to five-axis roughing and finishing.

A typical project for Simoldes is the interior of a car door, where there are several parts that must all fit seamlessly together to create the finished product. The company also produces moulds for creating rubber seals around glass panels and for extremely detailed speaker grilles for in-car entertainment systems.

Key benefits of product application

  • Delcam’s Powershape and Powermill software products have enabled the companies within the Simoldes Group to increase productivity.
  • According to Fernando Loureiro, production manager at IMA, one company within the group, acquiring Powershape and Powermill software has been the key to the company’s success.
  • Loureiro claims that Powershape has enabled the company to dramatically reduce the time taken to create electrodes. He said that modelling is now quicker, less information is required for the EDM process and the data is of higher quality.
  • João Vieira, CAD/CAM director for IMA, said that the complexity of the company’s work presents no difficulty thanks to the Delcam software.
  • Rui Ramos, a CAM programmer for MDA, another company in the Simoldes Group, said that Powermill allows things to be made quickly and efficiently. He added that he can develop macros in Powermill for the operations that he needs to do most often in his everyday work.

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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