PowerSHAPE 2015 R2 features improvements to reverse engineering tools.
Delcam has made significant updates to its PowerSHAPE Pro software to enhance features for reverse engineering. The 2015 R2 release of the product and tooling design software includes improvements to speed up and simplify the editing of product designs to make them more suitable for manufacture.
PowerSHAPE Pro provides the most comprehensive range of design techniques available in a single CAD program, streamlining any product-development process that requires both reverse engineering and CAD functionality.
The latest version includes a new split-screen alignment option that makes it quicker and easier to combine multiple 3D scans from most scanning devices. The new method also allows more accurate snapping of alignment points, giving greater accuracy in the resulting single CAD model.
PowerSHAPE Pro can be used to take cross-sections through the scan data to generate wireframe for the development of surface models. The wireframe can be simplified automatically into lines and arcs, providing a more precise geometry for the re-engineering of the model.
Latest version contains extra tools for reverse engineering and modelling for manufacture.
Another new option is the ability to morph a complete solid or surface model to a mesh. Morphing can be used to update a nominal CAD model to match the part as it is made in reality or to modify the surfaces of the tool.
Upgrades to the Smart Feature Selector makes analysis of models much easier by displaying the type and parameters of each feature interactively as the cursor is moved around the model. In addition, the ability to select and edit multiple similar features has been extended to allow any number of items of the same type to be edited in a single operation.
Additional enhancements have also been made to the tools for the creation and editing of curves. The Composite Curve tool has been more efficient so that it needs fewer clicks to create the curve and the Re-point dialog now displays the deviation between the original curve and the new one. This makes it even easier to create high-quality, smooth surfaces when re-engineering scan data or when remodelling an existing design for manufacturing.