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To celebrate the launch of the 2014 R2 release of Delcam’s Powershape Pro CAD system, the software will be offered at the special price of £8,875, including comprehensive training and technical support for the whole of 2014, at the Mach exhibition and the Develop3D Live conference. 

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The software includes Powershape Pro’s comprehensive range of solid, surface and direct modelling options, plus powerful tools to make the reverse engineering of complex parts from scanned data faster and easier, fully integrated drafting and rendering with the Keyshot rendering engine.

According to the company, having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process. 

Mach takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 7–11 April, while Develop3D Live will be held at Warwick University on 15 April.

Key features and benefits

  • Powershape Pro can connect directly to a range of scanning devices, with the data points appearing on the screen in real time as they are collected.
  • The automated tools for re-engineering in the software provide quicker and simpler methods for segmenting the mesh of scanned data into primitive regions, such as planes, spheres, cones, cylinders and tori, as well as into revolved or extruded surfaces. 
  • Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs.
  • For more complex geometry, or when finer control is needed, mesh segmentation can be carried out manually. 
  • Regions with complex, free-form geometry can be replaced with a single surface in Powershape Pro. The target area can be selected with a set of easy-to-use options, while a single dialogue box gives control of the fit of the surface to the mesh. 
  • Powershape Pro can recognise a variety of solid features within imported ‘dumb’ geometry, such as fillets, slots and bosses.
  • The Smart Feature Manager allows users to identify features within a solid in a single operation and so makes the analysis of the imported data easier and faster.
  • The Smart Feature Selector can be used to identify all the fillets having radii less than a particular size so that they can be modified to more suitable values.
  • Direct modelling in Powershape Pro allows draft to be added solid models either by using a specific value or by modifying the model interactively.
  • The core/cavity separation wizard divides the solid model into core and cavity pieces that can then be separated dynamically using a simple slider. Any ambiguous faces can be assigned to the appropriate side, while any regions where slides or lifters might be required can be allocated to a new line of draw.
  • With the Keyshot rendering software, more realistic images of new designs can be shown to prospective customers for styling and marketing reviews. This reduces the need for physical samples, cutting overall costs and shortening the time to market for new products.
  • Another benefit of the more realistic images is improved communications between design and manufacturing teams, minimising the chance of errors and again helping to introduce new designs to market more quickly. The images can also be used in marketing materials, allowing new designs to be promoted before they are manufactured.

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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