Here's a collection of some ArtCAM Pro related questions that we get regularly asked. If you'd like to put a question directly to us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or speak to your local ArtCAM reseller.
Q: What's the latest version of ArtCAM Pro?
Q: What is the recommended system specification for running ArtCAM Pro?
Q: Can I download a trial version of ArtCAM Pro?
We currently only offer trial versions of ArtCAM Express and ArtCAM Insignia for download and self-assessment. If you are interested in how ArtCAM Pro can help your business, we can arrange for your local delcam representative to install an evaluation version of the software on-site and provide you with a demonstration of it's design and manufacturing capabilities. Please click here to contact your nearest sales partner.
Q: Do all versions of ArtCAM come with the Free 3D Clipart library?
All versions of ArtCAM 2012 will get installed with the 3D Clipart library containing over 600+ relief files that can be added to your designs or machined outright.
Q: What is an Add-In?
Toolbox Add-ins are macro extensions which add useful features to ArtCAM. Add-ins provide a method to create fully-integrated tools within ArtCAM. They also allow you to automate a number of operations within ArtCAM by executing a single command. An example is the 'Rope Creator' which builds a rope relief around a single closed vector which the user selects before running the Add-in. The Add-in prompts the user to enter various parameters that will control the appearance of the rope. The Add-in then performs a relatively complex series of steps to produce a rope that is wrapped along the selected vector.
Each Add-in has one folder containing a few files to run it. The Add-ins are located in the ArtCAM install directory. Typically:
C:\Program Files\ArtCAM Pro\Toolbox
Once an Add-in is copied into the Toolbox folder, it will appear on the Add In page on the right side of the ArtCAM screen.
Q: Can I use a graphics tablet?
Yes! Using a graphics tablet aids some tools within ArtCAM. As the software is designed for Artistic modeling the Sculpting mode gives greater freedom with a graphics tablet.
Q: What file formats can ArtCAM Pro work with?
ArtCAM allows you the flexibility to work with a number of different industry-standard software programs and data-types:
Vector Files: EPS, DXF, AI, DWG, PDF, WMF, DGK, PIC
Raster Files: BMP, DIB, RLE, JPG, JPEG, JPE, JFIF, GIF, EMF, WMF, TIF, TIFF, PNG, ICO
3D Files: 3DS, DXF, STL, U3D, OBJ, DMT
Surface Model Files: 3DM, DGK, SLDPRT, IGS, IGE, IGES
Delcam Files: PIC, DGK
ArtCAM Files: ART, 3DP, 3DA, RLF
Q: Can ArtCAM import the digitized/scanned data?
ArtCAM can import the digitized/scanned data using the ArtRead function which converts the digitized data to relief. There are four different readers supplied with ArtCAM:
Laser ASCII Data:
This reads data from a wide range of laser scanner which output data as a series of ASCII points. Note: The point data must be arranged as a series of linear scan lines, this reader will not read the data which consists of the random point cloud.
This reads the data which has been scanned with a physical probe and the points stored in ASCII G code toolpath format.
This reads data from a Renishaw Cyclone scanner.
3D Scanner Ris:
This reads data from a 3D Scanners Laser scanner.
Q: What is the ArtCAM Advantage Package?
The ArtCAM Advantage Package is a cost effective way to maximize the benefit from your ArtCAM investment. Some of the benefits include:
- Annual Software Upgrade
- Technical Support
- Free Relief Artwork
- Tips & Tricks from ArtCAM experts
- User Group discounts
- Access to to Usergroup tutorials & videos
For more information about the ArtCAM Advantage Package please click here >>
Q: How do I download patches and updates?
From the Help pull down menu in ArtCAM, click on 'Check for ArtCAM updates' which will link into the 'ArtCAM Advantage' website, or go directly to the site by clicking on ArtCAM Advantage (from the help pull down). From the Advantage site, click on 'Software Updates and Patches' in the left side column to access the page. You will be able to download any patches required to run your version of ArtCAM. Once downloaded make sure to install the patch.
Q: Is ArtCAM Pro available for Mac?
The ArtCAM range of software is only available for Windows™