The PartMaker division of Delcam Plc. offers PartMaker Modeling as part of PartMaker 2012. The 3D design tool has been developed specifically for the needs of CNC manufacturers. Users can create, repair and modify 3D CAD data of virtually any origin or level of quality. Users can also make solid models for efficient machining, CNC programming and 3D simulation.
The tool is a hybrid modeler working with surfaces and the Parasolid solid modeling kernel to create high-quality solid models that can be used at virtually any level of the supply chain, the company says. The tool is based Delcam’s PowerShape 3D design package. The modeling tool is said to integrate seemlessly with PartMakerIt enabling 3D models to be quickly cut and paste between the applications.
In addition to the modeling tool, the 2012 version of PartMaker includes improved visualization; more powerful simulation of VMCs and HMCs; support for multi-axis bar-fed mills, turn-mills and Swiss-type lathes; and greater flexibility and control in process development.
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