Delcam (Birmingham, U.K.) reported a major change in the 2012 release of PowerSHAPE design software. It now has a new range of direct modeling options focused on design for manufacture — in particular, preparing product designs for the development of tooling. Direct modeling is faster than surface modeling, says the company, and can shorten the overall tool production time. The 2012 version of the PowerMILL machining system includes new strategies and general enhancements that reportedly make programming faster and machining more efficient, with the best possible surface finish.
Editor Pick3D printed tools are in production at Falcon Jet
The trend of employing polymeric additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing for composite tooling is growing.