May 11, 2011

Delcam to offer free data translation

Delcam Exchange offers safe, secure online data translation.

Delcam is to mark the tenth anniversary of its pay-as-you-go, online data-exchange service, Delcam Exchange, with a day of free data translation. The normal fee of £34 (approximately US$50) per model will be waived for all translations carried out on Tuesday, 17th May. For full details on Delcam Exchange, please go to www.delcam-exchange.com.

Delcam Exchange is a unique service under which the translation software is downloaded free of charge and then stored on the user’s own computer. To undertake each translation, the user simply obtains a real-time authorisation from the Delcam Exchange website. Users can either pay for each translation or buy a set of 20 vouchers with a bonus of four free translations.

The Delcam Exchange approach offers two advantages of over other online translation providers – speed and security. Most other services require the CAD model to be sent to the service provider for translation and then returned to the customer.

Delcam Exchange gives much faster results since transferring a short authorisation code is much quicker and easier than transferring a complex CAD model. Once the authorisation has been obtained, the translation itself will normally take seconds, with even the most complex models never needing more than a few minutes.

The service also gives total security. Since the model file stays within the user’s own computer, there is no chance of sensitive information being intercepted or mailed to an incorrect address.

In the ten years since it was launched more than 50,000 users have registered for the Delcam Exchange service. Less than one per cent of users have claimed refunds for unsuccessful or incomplete translations under Delcam’s no-quibble guarantee scheme. While this high level of success is a testament to the quality of the Delcam software, it is also helped by the preview option provided as part of the service. This allows users to view the file they have translated before they pay and so gives customers confidence that the translation has been completed correctly before they incur any costs.

Many customers simply use the preview option to view models without completing the translation. This is especially beneficial for sub-contractors that need to analyse models to provide quotes. Using Delcam Exchange in viewing mode allows the quote to be prepared without incurring any translation costs that would be wasted if the bid is unsuccessful.

The full range of options for input into PS-Exchange is now CATIA V5, Pro/Engineer, Siemens NX (Unigraphics), SolidWorks, AutoCAD, AutoDesk Inventor, Rhino, Solid Edge, Cimatron, Ascon, IDEAS, Parasolid, ACIS, IGES, VDA-FS and STEP, plus Delcam’s own PowerSHAPE and DGK formats, while files can be exported as CATIA V5, Rhino 5 DM, AutoCAD, Parasolid XT, ACIS, IGES, STEP, VDA-FS or STL, or as Delcam’s DGK or DMT.

Despite significant improvements in the reliability of the exchange of data between CAD systems, data translation can still be a major challenge for many companies. The time taken to resolve these problems slows down the whole product development cycle and significantly delays the time-to-profit of new designs.