The 2015 R2 version of Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro artistic CADCAM software has developed 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.
The ArtCAM Pro is aimed at skilled artisans rather than engineers and requires much less knowledge of engineering or computing. It has been mainly successful in the sign making, woodworking and engraving industries. The major improvement for the new version of ArtCAM Pro is 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. 3D Printing offers ArtCAM users an alternative route to machining for the production of complex models.
ArtCAM users that design with vectors will benefit from two new options. With the first option, snap hints now appear to help in locating hard-to-find snap points within vectors when creating designs. And with the second option, the thickness of vectors can be changed, in either the 2D or 3D view, making it easier to visualise the design. Accuracy will also be improved with the addition of rulers in the 3D view to make it easier to create precise artwork and to position elements of the piece.
Finally, in the 3D offset strategy, it is possible to spiral from the outside in or from the centre outwards. The strategy reduces tool wear and gives better surface finish. And the on-surface link can be used, to reduce the number of plunge and retract moves, thus saving machining time.