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Sutter Instrument is using Delcam’s FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system and Delcam for Solidworks integrated CAM software in the manufacture of research and inspection equipment for university laboratories studying illnesses such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer and infertility.

The company manufactures biomedical and life-science research instrumentation, as well as products for aerospace, semiconductors, electronics, atmospheric research, astronomical imaging, fusion research and material analysis.

For more than 10 years, Sutter has used Delcam software and today the company owns five seats of Delcam for Solidworks and three seats of FeatureCAM.

Key benefits of product application

  • Ron Davenport, research and development machinist at Sutter, said the basics of FeatureCAM were picked up by the company’s staff almost immediately.
  • Davenport described the technical support offered by Delcam as ‘outstanding’ — he said that the technical support convinced Sutter’s management to switch to Delcam.
  • Davenport said Delcam for Solidworks is about twice as fast as anything else on the market and makes the machining of parts very easy.
  • The company can get a prototype into the hands of decision makers very quickly and fine-tune the design easily during manufacturing, cutting production times.

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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