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Powershape CAD software and the Powermill CAM system from Delcam are being used by PEP to finish-machine parts created by laser sintering.

PEP is a French research centre that specialises in the injection moulding of thermoplastics. Its researchers are experienced in the design and simulation of parts and processes, injection-moulding processes and tooling and plastics materials.

Delcam software — including Powermill, Powershape, Powerinspect and Artcam — was selected for Platinno, a technical innovation platform for tooling undertaken in association with CETIM. The project aims to provide support for companies working in the French plastics sector.

PEP required CAD for electrode design and 2D and 3D milling, support for continuous five-axis operation and technology for on-machine verification.

Key benefits of product application

  • Delcam’s software helped to reduce programming and machining times.
  • The software allowed PEP to develop specific macros and strategies for moulding, aerospace and medical projects.

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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