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January 23, 2013

Delcam will demonstrate the latest version of its ArtCAM software for design and manufacturing in Sign Making

Delcam will preview the latest version of its ArtCAM software for design and manufacturing in Sign Making on booth #2927 at Sign Expo 2013 held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas NV from April 4-6, 2013. In the new release of Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro complex designs will be much easier to create, especially those that include repeated elements that are similar but not identical within the design. Other products in the ArtCAM suite that will be demonstrated @isasignexpo is the entry-level version, ArtCAM Express for users new to CNC machining and ArtCAM Insignia.

  • Draw & Edit Vectors With Ease
  • Freely Manipulate Relief Work
  • Create Flowing Organic Textures
The main addition in the latest release of ArtCAM Pro is a new way of working called ‘Free Relief Modeling’. This technique allows previously-created reliefs to be selected and then moved, rotated, rescaled and copied, either individually or as part of a group. Any part of the design can be isolated, edited and then recombined into a group for duplication or further editing within the group. At any stage in the process, either individual items or a group of items can be saved within ArtCAM Pro’s clipart library for use in future projects.

The overall result is much more natural than simply duplicating a single shape across the design, while also being much quicker than modeling each item individually. Examples where the technique could be used include creating the feathers in a model of a bird or designing a forest of similar trees without them all appearing identical.

A related development that will also make it easier to create more complex designs allows the interaction between different layers to be viewed in real time. This will make it much faster to choose the optimum combination of the different layers as the effects of changing the overlap can be seen instantly.

Sketching in ArtCAM Pro has been made easier by giving the designer the freedom to alternate between straight and curved vectors while drawing. Once created, vectors can now be added to or closed, and any nodes within them can be edited or deleted, at any time, either in the 2D or 3D view.

The ability to add textures to designs has always been an important feature within ArtCAM Pro. This ability has been extended with a new patent-pending ‘Texture Flow’ tool to create more natural organic textures, such as hair, fur and scales.

More natural effects can also be obtained with an addition to the sculpting tools. Sculpting effects can now be scattered randomly across the design as well as placed systematically.

More control is available over all the sculpting options as these can now be limited to a specific area or to a set height. Of course, the "undo” option is still available if the results aren’t as expected.

All of these new capabilities can be displayed with even more realistic renders of designs created in ArtCAM Pro. The software now comes with POV-Ray ray-tracing technology, allowing high-quality images to be generated for customer approval or marketing materials.

Delcam North America
3280 Electricity Dr.
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N8W 5J1
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