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Delcam will launch a new series of products within its ArtCAM family of artistic CADCAM software at the Viscom Italia exhibition to be held in Milan from 8th to 10th November. There will be three key products in the range for signmakers and other woodworking companies; a new entry-level version to be called ArtCAM Express, plus enhanced releases of the ArtCAM Insignia and ArtCAM Pro programs.
Like the previous ArtCAM range, the new family of software is aimed at skilled artisans rather than engineers and requires little knowledge of engineering or computing. The major change from that range is that all of the programs will be able to import and machine 3D models, although the range of machining functionality will, of course, increase in the higher-level options.
The new entry-level version of ArtCAM is believed to be the easiest to learn and fastest to use engraving and routing software currently available. It offers basic 2D drawing, and 2D and 3D machining functions, and so provides an ideal introduction to computer-based manufacturing for companies in the signmaking, woodworking and engraving industries.
The new release of ArtCAM Insignia has a much greater emphasis on mass production applications in the woodworking industries. It includes vector-based design, extensive 2D machining and, for the first time, basic 3D machining functionality. It also allows users to import, scale, position and machine 2D and 3D decorations and textures onto their designs, and so to manufacture more distinctive and more attractive products. Alongside the increased machining functionality, the main addition to the latest release is a highly-automated method for the manufacture of designs imported as layered DXF or pdf files from other CAD systems.
The main change to ArtCAM Pro is the addition of a new file type called the 3D Project. This allows the user to create multiple models within a single project, using the wide range of 3D modelling tools within the software. The individual models can then be arranged to create larger assemblies. For example, the sides of a cabinet could be designed as individual components and then assembled into a 3D model of the complete piece.
3D Projects also allow the simultaneous visualisation of objects that will be created from different materials and the subsequent division of the components into separate files for manufacturing in the various materials. Items can be cut and pasted between different files, so allowing libraries of components to be built up for use in a variety of designs.