Reverse engineering software updated for 2010

CopyCAD Pro allows designers to move from a physical model to a triangle file and then to a completed design
Delcam has released the 2010 version of its CopyCAD reverse engineering software, which it claims is the first to incorporate Parasolid software – a 3D geometric modelling component from Siemens PLM Software.

The new release also includes new algorithms for surface creation with boundaries or with drive curves, plus new methods to use the software for the inspection of complex parts.

CopyCAD Pro is said to be the only software to offer 'Tribrid Modelling' - the addition of triangle modelling to the combination of surface and solid modelling that is offered in many other CAD packages as 'hybrid modelling'. According to Delcam, having all the different modelling techniques in a single package reduces the need to transfer data between multiple programs and so streamlines the whole product development process.

CopyCAD Pro acts as the underlying engine for Delcam's dedicated software for the healthcare sector, DentCAD for the design of dental restorations and OrthoModel for the development of custom orthotics.

It can be used to undertake triangle-based inspection using laser point clouds when no CAD model exists, for example when creating duplicates of historic artefacts. Scan data can be taken from the original model and then compared with data from the item to be inspected. The resulting error map will highlight any differences between the two items.

Chris Shaw

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