Corporate Industries

Powerful, Flexible and Easy to Use


Top boarder and Burton customer Craig Kelly photographed  by Chris Brunkhart.
Top boarder and Burton customer Craig Kelly photographed  by Chris Brunkhart.

"Having decided three years ago to replace our existing CAM package, we  purchased PowerMILL, which we found to be by far the most flexible and powerful system available,"

Graziano Nicoletti, Production Manager at Bauer.

The founding of Burton Snowboards, as the world’s first snowboard factory, by Jake Burton Carpenter in 1977 effectively marked the beginning of the sport. The company was the main driving force in popularising snowboarding and now does business in more than 30 countries. It has been involved in the competitive side of the sport since the beginning, as a supporter of the US Open Snowboarding Championships, the sport’s premier contest, drawing the best riders in the world.

Just as their customers expect the best from them, Nike and Burton demand the highest quality from their suppliers. To meet these demands, Bauer constantly experiments with new design, prototyping and production techniques. This research includes regular reviews of its CADCAM facilities.

 "Having decided three years ago to replace our existing CAM package, we went through a long and thorough benchmarking process covering all the major CAM suppliers in the market. At the end we decided to purchase PowerMILL, which we found to be by far the most flexible and powerful system available," commented Graziano Nicoletti, Production Manager at Bauer.

Mr. Nicoletti identified three key factors that lead to Bauer selecting the Delcam software. "Firstly, the flexibility of PowerMILL gives us is quite unique. Its powerful editing tools allow us to "customise" our toolpaths in a way that no other CAM system can do."

"Secondly, PowerMILL's ease-of-use has allowed us to move the toolpath generation to the shop floor. This has made our operation more efficient. Finally, no other CAM vendor can match PowerMILL's price/performance ratio.

"Since buying PowerMILL, Bauer has also added the CopyCAD reverse engineering system to its set of Delcam software. "The combination of CopyCAD and PowerMILL has solved completely the old problems we had with machining physical models," said Mr. Nicoletti. "The ability to machine both CAD models and digitised data is vitally important for a company like Bauer, which is involved with completely different industries like sports equipment, automotive and packaging."