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Free Relief Modelling in ArtCAM Pro makes it easier to create complex 3D signs

Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its ArtCAM Pro software for design and manufacturing of 3D signage at the Sign & Digital exhibition to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 30th April to 2nd May.  The new release of ArtCAM Pro makes it much easier to create complex designs that give signs with the greatest impact, especially those that include repeated elements that are similar but not identical within the design.

The main addition in the latest release of ArtCAM Pro is a new way of working called ‘Free Relief Modelling’.  This technique allows previously-created reliefs to be selected and then moved, rotated, rescaled and copied, either individually or as part of a group.  Any part of the design can be isolated, edited and then recombined into a group for duplication or further editing within the group.  At any stage in the process, either individual items or a group of items can be saved within ArtCAM Pro’s clipart library for use in future projects.

The overall result is much more natural than simply duplicating a single shape across the design, while also being much quicker than modelling each item individually.  Examples where the technique could be used include creating the feathers in a model of a bird or designing a forest of similar trees without them all appearing identical.

A related development that will also make it easier to create more complex designs allows the interaction between different layers to be viewed in real time.  This will make it much faster to choose the optimum combination of the different layers as the effects of changing the overlap can be seen instantly.

Sketching in ArtCAM Pro has been made easier by giving the designer the freedom to alternate between straight and curved vectors whilst drawing.  Once created, vectors can now be added to or closed, and any nodes within them can be edited or deleted, at any time, either in the 2D or 3D view.

The ability to add textures to designs has always been an important feature within ArtCAM Pro.  This ability has been extended with a new patent-pending ‘Texture Flow’ tool to create more natural organic textures, such as hair, fur and scales. 
More natural effects can also be obtained with an addition to the sculpting tools.  Sculpting effects can now be scattered randomly across the design as well as placed systematically.  More control is available over all the sculpting options as these can now be limited to a specific area or to a set height.  Of course, the "undo” option is still available if the results aren’t as expected.