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Delcam updates PowerINSPECT software for 2016



Section inspection includes easier creation of sections with better visualization and reporting.

Delcam has released the 2016 version of its PowerINSPECT inspection software, which includes enhanced options for section measurement, more comprehensive collision avoidance, improved point cloud inspection and the ability to add notes to reports.

Section editing now includes a slider that can be used to move the section through the part with real-time updating of the CAD view.  A specific value for the section intersection can still be entered if required.

Delcam PowerINSPECTNew graphics options help with visualization and reporting.  In the CAD view, the default option highlights the section cut and displays a semi-transparent representation of the material in the foreground, providing an accurate 3D visualization of the section in place on the part.  During section creation the shading is updated dynamically as the section moves through the model. Alternatively, the near side can be hidden completely, or the complete CAD model can be shown in a solid colour as before.

The inspection path can be generated automatically once a section has been chosen and points can be edited if needed.  The section can also be viewed and reported as a 2D true view of the section profile that is currently selected. The results of the section inspection can be viewed as spot confetti, deviation lines or vector lines.


In addition, Delcam has enhanced its collision detection in its PowerINSPECT 2015 version with a new collision-free mode, which automatically creates links between inspection features as necessary.  If a potential collision is detected, the software automatically creates and calculates a new linking path that avoids the obstacle.  Collision avoidance is recalculated when the order of the inspection sequences is adjusted in the sequence tree.

Intermediate paths can still be created or updated manually.  This is required when the CAD model does not include complete information about the physical reality, for example if clamps or fixtures used to hold the part are not included in the CAD data.

Delcam has allowed for user-defined data to be added to the model. The new ‘Report Note’ items allow the user to insert additional observations, including text and pictures.

The label sizes can be edited in the session settings and grid lines can be displayed for clearer reporting, which is particularly helpful for GD&T items.

Another addition to the software is the ability to import point clouds from DMT and STL triangle files. Several point-cloud items can also now be created in a single point-cloud session without having to leave the full-screen acquisition view.

Finally, the enhanced CAD File Manager enables users to import one or more CAD files by dragging and dropping them into the main graphics window.


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