New design and machining options in ArtCAM Pro artistic CADCAM at ISA Expo

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The latest version of Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro artistic CADCAM software will be demonstrated on Booth #723 at the ISA Sign Expo to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from April 20th to 23rd.  The software features improvements in design and machining, including easier designing with vectors, more design options with real-time updating and faster machining simulations. 

Full details on the new release are on the website – http://www.artcam.com/pro/

Unlike most other CADCAM systems, ArtCAM Pro is aimed at skilled artisans rather than engineers and requires much less knowledge of engineering or computing.  It has been particularly successful in the signmaking, woodworking and engraving industries.  In these areas and in other artistic applications, ArtCAM Pro allows users to increase productivity, improve quality and deliver new designs more quickly, by combining their craft skills and creativity with the power and precision of computer-aided manufacturing.

ArtCAM users that design with vectors will benefit from two new options in the latest release.  Firstly, snap hints now appear to help in locating hard-to-find snap points within vectors when creating designs.  Secondly, the thickness of vectors can be changed, in either the 2D or 3D view, making it easier to visualise the design.

The range of modelling tools that operate in real time has been extended to include the ability to create smooth domed shapes or domes with a centreline 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 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.

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 3D offset strategy.  Firstly, it is now possible to spiral from the outside in or from the centre 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 so saves machining time.

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