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Delcam CRISPIN shows latest footwear software to Chinese users

More than 250 customers attended the Delcam CRISPIN user meeting in Quanzhou, China

Delcam CRISPIN presented the latest developments in its range of software for footwear design and manufacture to more than 250 customers at its latest user meeting in Quanzhou, China, last week. The presentations included previews of the 2013 versions of the ShoeMaker concept design program and the Engineer Pro pattern development and grading software.

Delcam CRISPIN is the world’s largest supplier of CADCAM software to the footwear industry and is the only supplier able to provide a complete solution for the design and manufacture of lasts, uppers and soles.

ShoeMaker is the product of choice for 3D conceptual footwear design and is the only solution to combine the design and modelling of uppers and soles within the same 3D environment. The software helps users to produce realistic 3D footwear models for design and marketing reviews, whilst reducing the number of samples produced, improving communications between the design and manufacturing teams, and reducing overall product time to market.

New functionality for ShoeMaker 2013 includes user-defined flattening for Offset Concept Lasts, improvements to the last import with automatic detection of the centre lines, and better control for the positioning of image stencils, including a three-point alignment tool. There is a new Flattening Parameter File editing tool for adjusting specific aspects of the flattened formes, plus some additional fine controls to change the shape of the flattening.

Engineer Pro helps users to produce 2D sample and graded footwear patterns for manufacturing in the fastest possible time, whilst also assisting in the management of tooling costs. Advanced tools like 'Edge Templates' reduce pattern development times dramatically, so improving throughput and reducing time to market.

New functionality includes Single Click Boundary, a new way to create boundaries where a left-click in a closed area creates a boundary from the enclosing lines. An option has been added to the Radius/Chamfer function allowing a radius to be quickly added to any intersection of a part.

There are also improvements to the speed in which the Boundary, Chain and Join functions are used, and an easier way to convert corner points to curve points.

The combination of Engineer Pro and ShoeStyle provides a powerful combination of 3D and 2D tools to ensure that any manufacturing issues are detected earlier in the development cycle by improving communication between the design and pattern making departments. This reduces the number of design iterations and so allows the time to market to be shortened significantly.

30 November 2012

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