Solid Modeling Software Provides Seamless Integration Between Programs
Omega Tool Corp. (Windsor, ON) is a supplier of turnkey solutions for plastic products for the automotive and non-automotive industries. When the company was looking for seamless integration with its CAD/CAM and solid modeling software and the ability to jump back and forth between programs, Omega recognized the capabilities of PowerSHAPE from Delcam (HQ Birmingham, UK; subsidiary offices Windsor, ON; and Salt Lake City, UT) to fit the bill.
The automotive molds Omega Tool manufactures consist of door panels, grills, bumper fascias, steering wheels, instrument panels, fenders, body side moldings, garnish moldings, body panels, mirror assemblies, and other interior and exterior vehicle trim systems. Non-automotive molds encompass plumbing accessories, industrial parts, pipe fittings, pails, consumer white goods, material handling and other consumer hardware accessories.
According to Calvin Matte, Advance Design Engineer at Omega Tool, what intrigued him most about Delcam software is that the company does an excellent job of ensuring that the products it sells to its customers work. "That in itself shows me that they are innovators - they just didn’t go along with the norm,” Matte states. "We build very large tooling, up to 110,000 pounds, so mistakes can cost our customers - and Omega - a lot of money."
PowerSHAPE software provides modeling for manufacturing, electrode design, and mold and toolmaking. According to Delcam Product Specialist John Hunwick, it is versatile and easy-to-use. "PowerSHAPE's unique combination of modeling tools allows the user to create detailed, accurate 3-D models of the most complex parts simply and efficiently," he says.
Complex, 3-D parts can be designed using any combination of surfaces, solids or triangles, Hunwick points out. And, the software can make sense of imported data no matter which CAD system created it, which is important to Matte, who notes that using PowerSHAPE has not only simplified Omega Tool’s manufacturing process, but also has reduced
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