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ARTCAM EXPRESS

ArtCAM Express is the fastest and easiest-to-use tool to convert two-dimensional drawings to engraved or milled products. You can also import 3D models from your favorite modeling programs to create tool paths and than produce them on your machine. The program is extremely intuitive and easy to use, because in a very short period of time will allow you to achieve full productivity.
Express is also a great way to get to know the interface and capabilities of programs from ArtCAM family, so if in the future you will want to update your software to a higher version, it will not be a problem. To learn more about the programs of the ArtCAM family visit www.artcam.com.
Because Express uses the same modeling technology and processing as ArtCAM Pro, is an award-winning program of Delcam for professional modeling, engraving and 3D milling and we give you a guarantee of quality.

Tools and Features ArtCAM Express



ArtCAM Express includes tools and features for creating a wide range of 2D and 3D products.


Design Process:
You can create unique designs directly in ArtCAM Express, design based on imported 2D bitmaps or import a 3D model from another CAD package to make it work. ArtCAM Express imports the most popular formats bitmaps and vectors, including bmp, jpeg, tiff, ai, gif, dwg and dxf.

Designing and Creating 2D vectors

The drawing tools available in ArtCAM allow you to create very detailed and complex projects. You can also import and automatically vectorize bitmap. ArtCAM Express supports bitmap formats JPEG, Tiff, Gif and BMP.

3D Design and Library Reliefs

With Express, you can select a project from the extensive library of 3D reliefs or quickly import your 3D model. After importing objects you can scale, rotate, create mirrored and symmetrical designs.

Machining process:

2D and 3D processing functions in ArtCAM allow you to quickly move from design to finished product. Using a database of tools and different machining strategies you can calculate the toolpaths and then save them in the format of one of the more than 200 types of machines.

2D profiling with bridges

You can cut shapes using tools compensation on the outside, inside or along the vectors. You can also add "bridges" to the profile to prevent the loss cut shapes after cutting.

Surface cleaning and processing 2D Pocket

To quickly work "pockets" you can use machining strategies Cleaning Surface.

Vbit engraving

Select a two-dimensional text or drawing and quickly create a toolpath for engraving tapered V-Bit cutter.

3D processing

It’s ideal for machining of models from the library reliefs or imported 3D model, ArtCAM also has a "Machining Wizard" which helps in the treatment process.

Pocket Wizard and Batch

Create decorative inserts and letters by automatically Pocket Batch Wizard.

Tools Database

Extensive and customizable CNC tool database in ArtCAM holds all your tools together with their parameters.

Tools Paths Simulation

In the ArtCAM Express you can see the result of milling directly on a computer screen thank’s to a three-dimensional simulation processing.

Support CNC machines

ArtCAM uses a configurable postprocessor that automatically saves the tool paths in the code form of your machine.

2D design

With ArtCAM Express you can create unique designs with easy-to-use and powerful tools for creating vectors. You can also import drawings in many different formats and different types of vector graphics. ArtCAM Express can import most bitmap formats, the most popular and vectors including pdf, bmp, jpeg, tiff, gif, eps, or dwg and dxf.

Bitmaps

Using intuitive features vectorize bitmap Express can import 2D images as bitmaps and then automatically create the necessary vectors. ArtCAM Express supports most common bitmap formats including JPEG, Tiff, Gif and BMP. For your projects, you can add text with tools to create vector text in the program. These vectors will be used to create toolpaths and milling your projects.

Work with vectors

ArtCAM Express vector tools allow you to quickly and easily create complex projects with vector graphics, using a pre-defined shapes and hand-drawn curves. Edit vectors provides the tools needed to modify and repair imported vectors.
Importing 3D designs in ArtCAM Express is also simple. Express has the ability to import standard formats such as ai, eps, dwg and dxf. Raster graphics - Bitmaps, Jpg, Tiffs and gifs can be quickly converted into high-quality vector graphics for subsequent machining.

3D designs and cliparts

ArtCAM Express allows you to import 3D models directly into the program. Once imported, you can rotate, mirroring and scaling elements to achieve the desired effect. ArtCAM Express has the ability to work with different types of 3D files, including 3ds, dxf, obj, 3DM, STL & U3D.

3D Clipart Library in ArtCAM

ArtCAM Express has a fully integrated, extensible library of 3D reliefs. You can choose from over 500 3D reliefs in such categories as animals, people, crests, sports, waves, textures, and much more. You can combine elements from our library of 3D reliefs with their designs or add your own designs to the library for later use.

Start with an empty model or a decorative frame

Clipart 3D elements can be easily added to the ArtCAM Express model.

You can add a texture that simulates the appearance of hand carving.

Scale, rotate, and position the use patterns of the library many times.

2D profiling with bridges

Machining on Milling plotters and CNC milling machines often comes down to cut elements or text from sheet of material. Strategy cutting: profiling in Express lets you do this quickly and efficiently and to provide additional functionality. You can choose to place the input and output of the tool material and thus improve the quality and efficiency of tool paths.
Express also has the opportunity to add to the profile bridges 2D and 3D (for later breaking) that held the material in place during processing.

Cleaning the surface of 2D - "Pockets"

Machining strategy to create a pocket milling and surface 2D ensures fast processing of deep pockets. This is done by selecting vectors for processing, defining the cutting depth and tool parameters, then the program will calculate the limits of machining tools and create a path along which the tool will move. Strategy offset in ArtCAM Express allows for quick and efficient finishing of flat surfaces.

Vbit engraving

In ArtCAM Express you can quickly create subtitles and decorative elements carved deep into the material. Moreover, after the creation of toolpaths can be re-simulated and see how it will look finished item.

3D processing

ArtCAM Express does not require extensive knowledge of CNC machining and is an ideal package for less experienced users. Economical and easy to use, has a built in "Wizard Processing" that guides the user through the process of creating toolpaths. More experienced users can take advantage of more sophisticated machining strategies within the program and calculate a number of tool paths and then save them in multiple formats. ArtCAM Express will show the result of the tool path on the screen, which helps to avoid errors during the actual processing on the machine.
- Set the material, select the tool and simulate the tool path.
- Look at the result of the calculated path on the screen in the 3D view in ArtCAM Express

Drill any imported 3D models

Possibilities for 3D machining in Express allow for the treatment of files stored in the form of triangles such as STL files and relief created in higher versions of ArtCAM, you can calculate the tool path for your model and save them in a format more than 200 different machines. Then you can do your projects on 3-axis CNC machines.
Create three-dimensional models of other 3D modeling programs.
- Save them in a triangle format and import into ArtCAM Express.
- Set the material, select the tool and simulate path.


Pockets and Ripples

If you want to embed the letters in the corresponding pockets, insert elements from other material in signs and advertising, and Pocket Wizard Batch will allow you to quickly create toolpaths to cut the corresponding male and female parts, leaving suitable clearances to parts fit together.
You can choose from various options of male and female parts, including holes, stepped holes, stepped pockets and pockets. The corners are automatically set to provide the fit of parts and eliminate the need for manual finishing.

CNC Tool Database

n extensive and customizable CNC tool database in ArtCAM store all your tools with cutting data. Existing in database tools are adapted for cutting different materials. Database can be easly edited. You can add your own tools, delete unnecessary and change their parameters.
- Work with our extensive database tools, or quickly create your own database.

Simulation Processing

To assist in the design and machining, ArtCAM Express allows you to simulate tool paths to see how will look finished item. You can see the shape of the treated as well as a preview of the finished item in the chosen material thank’s to 'settings shading' in ArtCAM.

Customize ArtCAM Express



ArtCAM Express allows you to purchase additional functionality to create a program perfectly suited to your needs.

Design proces
Bitmap Layers module

Import and manage multiple images in the most popular formats such as: bmp, jpeg, tiff, gif and png. For PDF files, all the pages of the file are placed on separate bitmap layers.

Tools vectors module

The module Tools vectors is extremely useful when creating vector graphics, allows you to place individual vector layers.

Font wizard module

If you frequently work with text vector, the module in ArtCAM Express will give you the freedom to create, edit and modify existing fonts, so that their treatment gave the best results and is fully compatible with your CNC machine.

Machining process



Advanced 2D Machining Module

This module enhances 2D machining in ArtCAM Express. Improvements in processing strategies such as Profiling, Area Clearance and Pocket Wizard / Batch.

Nesting module (includes Advanced 2D Processing module)

Do you need in your work to cut efficiently and economically elements from the material? ArtCAM Express can arrange the letters and vector shapes so that the system is optimized so you can save material, time and money.

Trajectory Texture module

Trajectory Texture module is a powerful tool for creating textures and decorative patterns. This could be the background for signboards, decorative panels, furniture, sculptures, stamping and decorative elements to your projects.

Processing features module

Working with selected vectors or vectors layers (if you have a module Tools vectors) you can machine raised, recessed or engraved features on the 3D model imported from the ArtCAM library of reliefs or other CAD package.

The profile engraving module

The profile engraving module in ArtCAM Express is ideal for manufacturers of matrix and dies for the lettering. Generates engraving path directly from the vector. This module can also be used for milling fancy text.

Smart Engraving Module

Smart Engraving module is an extremely powerful tool for creating stamping dies and matrix with raised letters. This unique feature not only quickly remove excess material, but also uses corner sharpening option to get clean edges ideal for stamping.

Import files module

This module provides advanced options for importing files identical to those available in ArtCAM Pro.

Advanced 2D Machining

This module greatly enhances the capabilities of 2D machining in ArtCAM Express. Machining strategies that will gain new capabilities include profiling, surface cleaning or Pocket/Batch wizard.

Creating bridges

If in your work you are cutting parts from block of material you may need to hold elements by bridge in a material to prevent movement of the parts after its excision. These bridges can be break out after machining parts. Using bridges options in the Advanced 2D Machining module You can choose between the 2D and 3D bridges, choose the number on a particular profile and to determine the distance between the bridges and their thickness and length.
For ease of use, ArtCAM default, creates 3D bridges, so that it is easier to remove them after finishing part.
To further facilitate the task of removing the bridges, you can specify the thickness of the final pass, this will leave a thin layer of material which is easy to remove later.

Inputs and Outputs Movements

This module allows to prevent visible traces after machining at the point of entry / exit of the tool in material. This means that the tool will not go deep directly into the material, machine element and after it raise to the safe height. Instead, the tool enters the block, and then smoothly approach the workpiece profile, after machining there will be added a movement that will move away tool after treatment. Such treatment reduces the load on the tool and prevents it from breaking.
When you create the tool path you can choose whether the tool should enter into the material vertically, smoothly or motion ramp from the surface of the material. Additionally, you can choose a point of entry of tools and the distance from the profile on which the tool will go deep. As a result, the treated surface would be much smoother.

Cleaning 2D Area

Removing unwanted material from the pocket and surface is now even faster! Working with an extensive database of tools you can use various tools to remove unwanted material. The first tool may be bigger to effectively remove most of the material, then a smaller tool will machine other parts of the unwanted material, which significantly shortens the total processing time.
For each tool, you can select a separate depth and give the final value of the allowance, which we want to leave.


Changing tool paths

If you decide that you need to track changes, you can edit the parameters of the path without a must to re-create them.

Determination processing sequence

This module also gives you the ability to determine the order in which individual segments can be made using tool paths of engraved V-bit, drilling or profiling.