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Delcam CRISPIN to show ShoeMaker and Engineer Pro in Guangzhou

The addition of the KeyShot rendering engine allows ShoeMaker to produce extremely realistic images of new footwear designs

Delcam CRISPIN will demonstrate the latest releases of its ShoeMaker CAD software for the design of all types of footwear and of its Engineer Pro software for pattern development and grading at the Shoes & Leather exhibition to be held in Guangzhou, China, from 28th to 30th May. 

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ShoeMaker is the only footwear CAD program to integrate fully the 3D design of lasts, uppers and soles, so allowing the complete shoe to be developed and visualised in a single system.  This integrated approach benefits all footwear designers, but is particularly advantageous for companies making sports shoes and other designs that include complex soles.

The 2014 version offers improved visualisation of designs with the new KeyShot rendering engine, the ability to create lasts for boot designs, more options for heel design, and additional items in the extensive library of accessories supplied with the software.

With the KeyShot rendering software now built in to ShoeMaker, laptops, tablets or smart-phones can be used to show more realistic images of new designs to prospective buyers for styling and marketing reviews.  This reduces the need for physical samples, cutting overall costs and shortening product time to market.

Similarly, using more realistic images improves communications between design and manufacturing teams, minimising the chance of errors and again helping to introduce new designs to market more quickly.

Engineer Pro helps users to produce samples and graded footwear patterns for manufacturing in the fastest possible time, whilst also helping to minimise tooling costs.  The 2014 version includes a number of enhancements that add ‘intelligence’ to the software, and so make it more intuitive and faster to use.

One of these enhancements can be seen when creating a chain from a series of intersecting lines.  Engineer Pro anticipates the chain that the user wants and highlights the potential chain as the cursor hovers over a line.  A single click accepts the chain, making the process very quick. 

This ‘quick chain’ action is also part of the ‘constrained’ functions, including adding markers, stabs and decorative features, making these processes much faster too.  In addition, in appropriate circumstances, features added this way can now be mirrored automatically across a boundary having a mirror axis.

The single-click command for creating boundaries that was introduced in the 2013 release of Engineer Pro now uses ‘intelligence’ to determine the function to use.  Clicking on a line leads the program to use the line-by-line process to make a boundary.  Alternatively, clicking in a closed area allows the user to accept the boundary created automatically for that area or to add adjacent areas and then accept a combined boundary.

Once the desired boundary is defined, edge details (allowances and so on) can be added around the part simply by dragging and dropping treatments from the library of edge templates.

Another time-saving enhancement is the ability to add a small radius at all intersections in a boundary or within a number of boundaries with a single click.  Adding these radii, in place of sharp corners, speeds up subsequent cutting operations using single-point cutting systems.
Delcam CRISPIN is the world’s largest supplier of CADCAM software to the footwear industry.  It is the only supplier able to provide a complete solution for the 3D design and manufacture of lasts, uppers and soles. 

20 May 2014

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