Delcam customer De La Roy Isolatie & Design has used the PowerMILL five-axis CAM system to machine logos for the Belgian and French versions of television programme "The Voice”. Each logo is a 4.5-metre-high hand holding a microphone, produced on one of the largest CNC milling machines in Europe.
De La Roy Isolatie & Design was founded in 1959 in Gemert, in the Netherlands, and now has twelve employees. The company started as a supplier of insulation materials, mainly made from polystyrene. More recently, the company diversified into using expanded polystyrene for design work. Since then, De La Roy has become a specialist in the machining of complex patterns and models out of the material. To support its growth, in 2007, the company acquired a 10m x 4m x 3.5m five-axis mill, capable of producing the most complex 3D models.
Soon after, De La Roy realised it would need a more powerful CADCAM system to provide programs for the new machine quickly and easily. "We started looking for a new system because the software we had been using made it difficult to program simultaneous five-axis operation,” remembered Joost Banken, work planner at De La Roy. "We compared several systems and chose Delcam’s PowerMILL because it provided the best fit for our needs.”
As soon as De La Roy started to use PowerMILL for its programming, the company discovered how much more easily its models could be programmed and made. With its unique machine and growing experience of the full range of machining strategies in PowerMILL, De La Roy was soon producing a huge variety of products out of polystyrene.
Since then, De La Roy has carried out many different projects for customers in television, exhibitions, signmaking and the playground industry. These have included huge logos for Toyota and Lexus, a complete polystyrene home, an exhibition stand from Rockwool insulation materials and a playground display 45 metres wide.
De La Roy has been very satisfied with PowerMILL, with Mr. Banken claiming, "Until now I have never seen a better five-axis programming solution than PowerMILL. One big advantage of using PowerMILL is that we can machine STL files or CAD models very rapidly. We can produce high-quality results, even from designers and artists that are not the best creators of 3D models, and from models we get made in simple drawing programs, such as Google SketchUp, or from scanned files. By using PowerMILL, we are able to manufacture and deliver more quickly than our competitors.”
Flexibility is De La Roy’s specialty and another major benefit of using PowerMILL. "Our company makes all kinds of models, with many of them having very complex shapes,” explained Mr. Banken. "Because PowerMILL is such a flexible CAM system, we can use it to find a solution to every problem.”