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Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom, 05/25/2010 - International provider of Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing (CADCAM) software, Delcam Plc has received glowing reviews for its latest software to the jewellery industry, ArtCAM JewelSmith 2010.
The software allows jewellers or pewter-, silver- and goldsmiths, to create highly crafted personalised or custom pieces or new complete lines with ease. Jewellery can be created directly in the ArtCAM software or if master model makers prefer they can first: draw their designs, hand sculpt a 3D model or create the piece in a familiar CAD package. Their work can then be simply scanned or imported directly into the software.
The designer can begin adding height and shape to areas of their design by selecting a specific colour in their imported artwork for example or by selecting one of the drawing’s outlines.
Using ArtCAM JewelSmith’s unique relief layering system the jeweller can build their design using a number of layers, in a similar fashion to PhotoShop, which can then be edited at any point during the design process. These layers can be selected via the layer toolbar or by clicking directly on the specific part of the design.
To aid this design process, ArtCAM 2010 users can customise the user interface so that any unused tools can be hidden and shortcuts can be created for frequently used commands. Jeweller Michael Buckley, from Michael’s Designs believes that, “The interface gives you so much drawing space. It’s clean and uncluttered so there is no real need for multiple screens. I also love the ability to create my own shortcut keys and toolbox; it makes my work time even shorter.”
ArtCAM JewelSmith (artcamjewelsmith.com) also comes with a complete library of shanks and gems that can be used as the starting block for any ring design. The jeweller can then begin adding the intricacies to their piece using the software’s advanced sculpting tools. These not only allow the jeweller to replicate traditional sculpting methods by using a Wacom tablet, but also allow them to modify the size and strength of the tools as well as simultaneously sculpting the front and back of a design. Todd Bailey, from 4m3D Creative Design believes that, “the significant changes to the interactive sculpting tools really make ArtCAM standout from other products." Michael adds, “It is great being able to see both the front and back of the model - what a timesaver!”
For band rings, the jeweller also has the option to design on an unwrapped layout of their ring. They can then switch between an unwrapped and ring view at any time to make sure that they are happy with the design.
Once complete, the jewellery model can then be saved as a rotatable 3D PDF which can then be e-mailed to the customer for approval. Once authorised, the designer can then select one of ArtCAM’s powerful machining strategies to calculate the toolpaths required for machining.
In this release, a great deal of technology from Delcam’s industry-leading CAM system, PowerMILL has been incorporated to enable even faster calculation times thanks to the inclusion of the latest multi-threading technology. “The faster tool calculation times save me an enormous amount of time”, commented Michael Buckley.
Before the toolpaths are sent to the machine, the artist can check the accuracy of their model using ArtCAM’s new and improved toolpath simulation. This gives the designer the opportunity to alter their calculations prior to machining, saving both time and money.