Originally titled 'CAD Enhances Direct Modeling and Reverse Engineering'
The 2013 release of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD system includes enhancements to its direct modeling and reverse engineering capabilities that will make the software more flexible and even easier to use. Also, the solid and surface modeling options have been made faster and more robust.
PowerSHAPE provides a comprehensive range of modeling techniques in a single CAD program. Having all the different technologies in the same package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and streamlines the whole product development process. The range of functionality makes the software especially useful for the re-engineering of existing products into improved designs or for creating specialized items. At the same time, the combination of quick and easy direct modeling options, together with surface modeling, makes this software a good choice for design for manufacture, especially when converting product designs into tooling designs, according to Delcam.
An option in the software, called “Replace Face,” allows a selected face or group of faces to be replaced with another face or group of faces, either from the same solid or from a separate solid or surface model.
Another option is the “Solid Core” command. This selects the smallest rectangular or cylindrical shape that will fully enclose a group of solid faces. It can be used to create blanks for the manufacture of electrodes or when modeling slides within molds to accommodate undercuts. The shapes can be selected from spreadsheets that can be edited to each company’s specifications.
The simplification of face selection and editing is another improvement. Also, for reverse engineering, PowerSHAPE now allows point-cloud data to be captured directly. The 2013 version also offers the ability to perform 2D nesting of 2D profiles or 3D parts.