Machine Design

Free Estimating Software

PowerShape-e free estimating software can be downloaded from

The program is for firms needing to produce accurate quotes from CAD models. The program reads widely used CAD files including Catia, UG, Pro/E, Ideas, SolidWorks, Inventor, and Solid Edge, and neutral formats such as IGES and STEP. The program helps shops estimate time needed to manufacture short-run prototypes or long production runs on toolmaking applications such as molds for plastics, and casting equipment, press tools, and patterns for metal components. Users can analyze models with color mapping tools that show draft angles and wall thicknesses across models. Delcam plc, Small Heath Business Park, Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK,

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