Delcam CRISPIN will preview the 2013 versions of its ShoeMaker concept design and Engineer Pro pattern development and grading software for the footwear industry at the SIMAC exhibition to be held in Bologna, Italy, from 9th to 11th October. 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. With any required design iterations easily made, the approved design model and flattened patterns are ready for engineering.
New functionality for ShoeMaker 2013 includes user-defined flattening for Offset Concept Lasts (OCL), 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.
A special tool has been added to change the appearance of the design model to display a ‘relaxed look’ as if the last has been physically removed from the shoe. Finally, a new pattern assessment tool for pre-costing of the pattern pieces has been added.
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. Plus a new option, 'Single Box' has been added to the Print Boxes dialogue.
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 using the Shift key and 'C' button.
In addition, there is now a new option to adjust the icon size of the main tool bars and tool-trays to the smaller size of 24x24. This option increases the size of the working area, a request which has been requested by several customers.
There have also been some significant changes and improvements to the installation process and the environment configuration for Engineer Pro.
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.