Craft Pattern halves delivery times with PowerShape design software
Craft Pattern & Mold has reduced its delivery times by up to 50 percent in the ten years that it has been using Delcam's PowerSHAPE design software and the PowerMILL CAM system. The company provides rapid precision plastic or metal prototypes, and low-volume production parts for leading companies in the aerospace, agriculture, automotive, consumer products, electronics, medical and toy industries.
Established in 1986 to provide high-quality moulds and patterns for the foundry industry, Craft Pattern can now ship machined prototype parts within 14 days of receiving the customer's CAD file. According to owner Tony Cremers, "By combining our technical knowledge with the latest manufacturing technologies, we are dramatically reducing the development time for our clients." The company usually produces six to ten different patterns a week, depending on their size and complexity.
According to Cremers, the Delcam software allows his company to create models and secondary tooling in a day or even hours. "Previously, it might have taken up to a month to turn around castings or machined parts, but with the Delcam software, we can go from the customer's CAD file to patterns to castings in one to two weeks," he says. "The speed with which we can create toolpaths not only keep delivery times to a minimum, but keeps our shop running consistently."
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