ArtCam makes it easy to produce decorative woodwork

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The latest version of Delcam’s ArtCAM line of artistic CAD/CAM software will be demonstrated at IWF.

CAD/CAM designers who prefer to create with vectors will benefit from two new options inside ArtCAM, according to the company. First, snap hints now appear to help in locating hard-to-find snap points within vectors when creating designs. Second, the thickness of vectors can be changed, in either the 2-D or 3-D view, making it easier to visualize the design.

Accuracy will also be helped by the addition of rulers in the 3-D view to make it easier to create precise artwork and to position elements of the piece.

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“The ability to overlap and intersect reliefs has been enhanced with a new option to interactively blend the reliefs,” the company said in a statement. “This allows relief clipart to be pulled up or pushed down in the Z axis to give a better blend with another 3-D design.

“The range of modeling tools that operate in real time has been extended to include the ability to create smooth domed shapes or domes with a centerline ridge, and the option to make intricate weaves. Real-time operation makes it easier to create exactly the effect that is required and shortens design times.

“The tools for assembly modeling have been improved by making it easier and quicker to drag or rotate elements of the assembly into position. It has also been made simpler to undo any changes.

“The main machining enhancement in the new release is significantly faster machining simulations thanks to a new algorithm that uses the specialist processor in modern graphics cards to calculate multiple operations simultaneously. This gives major benefits over standard multi-threading, the company continues.

“Another area of improvement is corner machining, where fillets can be added to vectors to allow more accurate machining of slots. In a related development, loops can be added for creating corners with knife cutting. Finally two new options are available in the 3-D offset strategy. Firstly, it is no possible to spiral from the outside in or from the center outwards. The strategy can reduce tool wear and give better surface finish. Secondly, on-surface links can be used. This reduces the number of plunge and retract moves and save machining time.”

For information, visit IWF booth No. 8431 and www.delcam.com.

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