GLOUCHESTERSHIRE, UK, Sep 2, 2015 – Delcam will launch the 2015 R2 version of its ArtCAM JewelSmith CADCAM software for the design and manufacture of all types of jewelry at the International Jewellery London exhibition to be held at Olympia, London, from September 6 to 8.
The new release, which can be used for the production of rings, broaches, cuff-links and other types of jewelry, includes improvements in both its design and machining options. Full details on the new software and the opportunity to download an evaluation version are on the website – www.artcam.com/jewelsmith.
The most significant addition in this release of ArtCAM JewelSmith is the ability to create support structures for 3D Printing. Users can generate intelligent support structures, either manually or automatically, and can also add a tray for the printing of multiple items. 3D printing offers jewelers an alternative route to machining for the production of highly complex models for lost-wax casting.
For jewelers creating original pieces, two options have been added to help users who design with vectors. Firstly, snap hints now appear to help in spotting 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 visualize the design.
Accuracy will also be helped by the addition of rulers in the 3D view to make it easier to create precise artwork and to position the various elements of the piece.
The ability to overlap and intersect design elements has been enhanced with a new option to interactively blend reliefs. This allows relief clip-art to be pulled up or pushed down in the Z axis to give a better blend with another 3D design.
The creation of complex designs by grouping relief layers together has also been made easier. For example, it is easier to combine the front and back of a miniature.
The range of modelling tools in ArtCAM JewelSmith that operate in real time has been extended to include the ability to create smooth domed shapes or domes with a center line ridge, ideal for borders of engraved text. The weave tool and the two-rail ring sweep are also now updated live. The weave tool is important to jewelers who create Celtic weaves, while the two-rail ring sweep gives the ability to design rings more quickly.
The tools for assembly modeling have been improved 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 2015 R2 release is significantly faster simulations thanks to a new algorithm that uses the specialist processor in modern graphics cards to calculate multiple operations simultaneously. This gives major speed benefits over standard multi-threading.
In addition, two new options are available in the 3D offset strategy. Firstly, it is now 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 so saves machining time.
Delcam is one of the world’s leading suppliers of CAM software and associated services, and also supplies systems for product design, tooling design, reverse engineering and inspection. The company has grown steadily since being founded formally in 1977, after initial development work at Cambridge University led by the late Donald Welbourn. It is now among the largest developers of product design and manufacturing software in the UK, with subsidiaries in America, Europe and Asia. Over 330 people are employed at Delcam’s Birmingham headquarters, with almost 400 staff working in the company’s overseas subsidiaries and around 200 more in its international joint ventures.
Delcam’s software and services help manufacturing companies to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times. The company’s software is used in over 90 countries by more than 45,000 organizations. These customers range from multi-national corporations to independent designers, toolmakers and sub-contractors, and come from a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, electrical appliances, footwear, healthcare, motor sport, packaging, toys, sports equipment, jewelry and signmaking. On February 6, 2014, Delcam was acquired by Autodesk and now operates as a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary.
For more information, please visit www.delcam.com.