The CAM program for artistic machining also offers new vector drawing aids.
The latest release of Delcam ArtCAM Pro features improvements in design and machining, including the ability to create support structures for 3D Printing, easier designing with vectors, more design options with real-time updating and faster machining simulations.
Unlike most computer-aided machining (CAM) software, ArtCAD Pro is designed for use by skilled artisans rather than engineers or machinists. Delcam says the software is “particularly successful” for signmaking, woodworking, and engraving applications.
ArtCAM Pro 2015 R2 introduces the ability to create support structures for 3D printing. Users can generate intelligent support structures, either manually or automatically, and can also use batch assembly for the printing of multiple items.
ArtCAM users who design with vectors will benefit from two new options:
- Snap Hints now appear to help in locating hard-to-find snap points within vectors when creating designs.
- The thickness of vectors can be changed, in either the 2D or 3D view, making it easier to visualise the 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.
Delcam says machining simulations are “significantly faster” in this release, thanks to a new algorithm that uses the computer’s GPU to calculate multiple operations simultaneously.
Delcam has improved the creation of complex designs by grouping relief layers. It is easier to combine the front and back of a miniature or a sculpture. In addition, relief slicing can now output the slices as DXF files, making laser cutting of tall items easier.
Other new features include:
- New rulers in the 3D view make it easier to create precise artwork and to position elements of the piece.
- The ability to overlap and intersect reliefs has been enhanced with a new option to interactively blend the reliefs. Delcam says this allows relief clipart to be pulled up or pushed down in the Z axis to give a better blend with another 3D design.
- Corner machining, where fillets can be added to vectors to allow more accurate machining of slots, has been improved.
- Loops can now be added for creating corners with knife cutting.
- It is now “significantly faster” to drag or rotate elements of an assembly into position, and to undo changes to an assembly.
- Two new options in 3D offset allow outside-in and center-out spirals. Delcam says this will reduce tool wear and give better surface finish.
Delcam operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Autodesk.
ArtCAM Project Manager, Tim Buck, talks about the new functionality in version 2015 R2, including live 3D modeling tools, faster simulation, and 3D printing. (Source: Autodesk Delcam)