Delcam launches new ArtCAM Insignia version for mass production

Delcam has recently launched a new version of its ArtCAM Insignia CADCAM software with a much greater emphasis on mass production applications in the woodworking and engraving industries. Previously, this software has been used mainly for the design and manufacture of one-off or short run items, in particular signs. The new version builds on this functionality to give a superior solution for mass production of items like cabinets or other decorated furniture.

The new software features vector-based design, extensive 2D machining and, for the first time, basic 3D machining functionality. Formats supported include STL files from any CAD system, plus designs from Alias Wavefront, 3D Studio and, of course, other members of the ArtCAM family. Alongside the increased machining functionality, the main addition to the latest release is a highly-automated method for the manufacture of designs imported as layered DXF or PDF files from other CAD systems. Whatever the origin of the design, this software will first automatically nest the various elements onto multiple sheets, correctly grouping them by material and thickness. Different numbers of multiple copies of various design elements can be generated and arranged within the layers. The system also generates toolpaths using pre-defined templates. More than 180 machine tool control options are supported, including those featuring automatic tool changing.

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