Delcam software makes modelmaker an overnight sensation

Complex decoration can be added with ArtCAM
With Delcam software, Utley's Inc. can produce models overnight

New York-based modelmaker Utley’s Inc. relies on Delcam software to routinely turn out highly detailed and precisely machined models and prototypes overnight. "Our markets are cosmetics, consumer non-durable producers, industrial design, graphic design,” said John Utley, vice president of the company. "The most common products are cosmetics: compacts, lipstick cases, perfume bottles, and display cases.”

When asked why Utley’s has so many rush jobs, Mr. Utley replied, "I think it is partly the nature of the industries we work with and partly because this is New York City and everybody’s in a hurry here. Also, customers know they can rely on us to get the work done.” 

"Our edge is speed of production and the ability to handle complex geometry and engraving,” Mr. Utley claimed. "Using top-notch products from Delcam helps us maintain this edge.”

PowerMILL is used for fast rough machining, and for detailed finishing work. "The software is very accurate and will not gouge,” said programmer Phil Orenstein. "This is the workhorse, it really cranks out the work.”

"Speed and accuracy are crucial,” Mr. Orenstein continued. "Because time is so short, we cannot afford gouges. Most of the materials we cut are relatively low in cost but that’s not the point. If there is a gouge or an error, there may be no time to re-machine it.”

"I've used most of the popular programs,” he said. "PowerMILL is in a different class completely in terms of its calculating speed. I’ve never seen anything run clean toolpaths so fast. It’s also very intuitive so it’s easy to use. No longer are significant manufacturing limitations imposed on the design process that inhibit the creativity of product designers.”

ArtCAM is used for decorative detailing, including reliefs and similar work formerly done by engravers. "We have IGES models available of their basic products for most of our clients,” programmer Jason Napier explained, "If the customer wants prototypes with several different logos, we save each logo and drop it into ArtCAM to do the engraving. This gives us a hybrid metalcutting approach with the engraving done in ArtCAM and the rest of the object programmed and machined with conventional CAM. It’s a big time saver.”

"We do use SLA and rapid prototyping when we feel it is the best way to make a part,” John Utley observed. "But often we find it is not the best after we add up the additional finishing time and aesthetics.”