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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:55

ShopBot to demo DeskProto at World Maker Faire

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Most Makers are now using digital fabrication technologies to create hot new products: manufacturing based on 3D computer data. Using a CNC milling machine this can be done in any material, making such machine a perfect tool for Makers. This will be shown at this year’s World Maker Faire, where machine builder ShopBot Tools (USA) and software builder Delft Spline Systems (NL) will demonstrate the ShopBot Desktop machine combined with the DeskProto 3D CAM software.

“We are positioning the ShopBot Desktop as a platform for all kinds of digital fabrication capabilities.” says Ted Hall, Founder and CEO of ShopBot. “The response to the Desktop has been great, from hobbyists, to small and mid-size business owners, to educators". New on the ShopBot Desktop is the Rotary Indexing Tool add-on, making it possible to machine a part from all sides.

The DeskProto CAM software combines well with this machine to be used by Makers, as DeskProto is very easy to use (it is aimed at “3D CNC machining for non-machinists”). DeskProto offers various options for rotation axis machining: both continuous rotation and ‘indexed machining’, meaning automatically machining from several sides, are possible.

"We are very glad with ShopBot’s invitation to show DeskProto at their booth” says Lex Lennings, DeskProto sales manager. "We will bring some great rotary parts, made in wood, and we can show how easy it is to create these”. For hobbyist users DeskProto is available at a special low price: perfect for Makers. A free trial version (fully functional) can be downloaded at deskproto.com.

ShopBot Tools, founded in 1996 and based in Durham, NC (USA), designs and manufactures high-value digital fabrication systems (more commonly known as CNC routers). ShopBot is known for making computer-controlled fabrication technology affordable to small and medium sized businesses, as well as educational school districts. As a result, there are more than 6000 ShopBots at work in 54 countries.

DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems (the Netherlands) is the 3D CAM program that has made 3D CNC milling feasible for non-machinists. Key feature is the ease of use: DeskProto is aimed at designers, not (as most other CAM software) at CAM specialists. The software can import STL files from any 3D CAD system and can export NC program files suited for any 3-axis or 4-axis CNC milling machine. Despite its low-end price DeskProto contains many high-end features, like automatic feedrate reduction at high chiploads, collet collision check, full rotation axis support, and the two-sided milling wizard.

The Maker Faire promises to be the ”World's most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more”. This year’s World Maker Faire is in the New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY, on Sept 29 and 30.

For more information, visit: www.shopbottools.com / www.deskproto.com / www.makerfaire.com

Delft Spline Systems will use this year's Euromold show as a platform to launch a new version of the DeskProto CAM software. The new DeskProto Version 6.0 will offer many new features, one of the most exciting is the option to do Five-Axis machining. This option allows to machine a part from all sides, by rotating the part round a fourth and a fifth axis. As a result parts that otherwise would be impossible now can be machined.

The car model shown (Austin Healey Sprite) is a good example as that could not have been machined using just three or four axes. The area round the pedals for instance then would be an undercut and impossible to machine. Using five-axis milling it can be machined: by rotating the complete model as shown. DeskProto offers five-axis indexed machining, machining from any number of sides is possible. More information about this project can be found on the Gallery.

"We are happy for the advanced DeskProto users who have been asking for this feature." says Lex Lennings, DeskProto sales manager. "As you can see really amazing results can be achieved with this new option. Nevertheless we keep our main focus on less experienced machinists: for them the completely new wizards will be the most important improvement in Version 6."

Other new features include:

-Completely new wizards, that will guide the user to easily create toolpaths for roughing, finishing and for a smoothing contour. This dual user interface makes DeskProto ideal for any user: novice users will use the wizard interface, more experienced users will use the dialog based interface. Several wizards are available, including wizards for Rotary machining, for Bitmap machining and for 2D machining.

-Toolpaths now are calculated in a multi-threaded process, significantly reducing the total calculation time on multi-core computers. 64 bits calculations (almost unlimited memory access) were already supported in V5.
A complete list of changes can be found on page New in V6

The low prices for DeskProto have not changed, making five-axis CAM available at an amazingly low price. DeskProto prices range from EUR 145 for the Entry edition to EUR 995 for the Multi-Axis edition. For educational use and for hobby use see the price page. At the Euromold you can find DeskProto in Hall 11, stand E05.

Euromold is the world's leading trade fair for Modelmaking, Moldmaking, and Design. Presented are technologies and innovations for Design, Prototyping and Series Production. Euromold 2011 is the 18th Euromold, expecting over 60.000 visitors and over 1.600 exhibitors, from 85 countries. The Fair will be held in Frankfurt (Germany), 29 Nov to 2 December 2011.

DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems is the 3D CAM program that has made CNC milling a competitive technology for Rapid Prototyping. The software can import STL files from any 3D CAD system, and can export NC program files suited for any 3/4/5-axis CNC milling machine. 2D CAM and bitmap machining are possible as well. Key feature is the ease of use: DeskProto is aimed at designers, not (as most other CAM software) at CAM specialists.

Despite its low-end price DeskProto contains many high-end features, like automatic feedrate reduction at high chiploads, collet collision check, full rotation axis support, the two-sided milling wizard, and much more (not all options are available in the Lite edition). Current users range from one-person design and model shops to multinational A-brand companies like Unilever, Lancôme, Sony-Ericsson and NASA.

For more information, visit: www.deskproto.com or www.euromold.com

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