Hankook Delcam holds World’s Biggest Meeting for CAM Users
Oct 8, 2014: Delcam’s South Korean joint venture, Hankook Delcam, held its 25th User Group Conference at the Hyundai Hotel in Kyeong-Ju on 26th and 27th September. The theme for this year’s meeting was ‘Big Jump Up’, a reference to the large increases in productivity being seen by companies adopting software and services from Hankook Delcam. Over 1,300 attendees set a new record number for the event, reinforcing its position as the world’s largest meeting for CAM users.
The meeting was the first major event to be held for Korean users since the acquisition of Delcam by Autodesk in February. The audience was, therefore, especially interested in the presentations from Delcam President, Clive Martell, and Buzz Kross, senior vice president for Design, Lifecycle and Simulation products at Autodesk.
Mr. Martell said that the acquisition represented Delcam’s own ‘Big Jump Up’. “Autodesk brings to Delcam increased financial strength, unparalleled expertise in design, and a long history of making technology accessible to broad audiences. Through sharing our technology and expertise, this transaction will transform industries and improve how the world is designed and made,” he commented.
The significance of the deal was also emphasised by Mr. Kross. “The acquisition of Delcam is an important step in Autodesk’s continued expansion into manufacturing and fabrication and beyond our roots in design,” he stated. “Together with Delcam, we look forward to accelerating the development of a more comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution and delivering a better manufacturing experience to our customers.”
The other presentations during the meeting covered the latest developments across the range of Delcam software for design, modelling for manufacture, machining and inspection.
New technology was also described from Hankook Delcam, in particular developments in the Hankook Delcam Automation Solution (HDAS) that enables innovation across the entire manufacturing process. This novel technology is attracting great interest from Korean companies wishing to improve their productivity by automating their processes.
The meeting also featured the awards ceremony for the winners of the Korean section of 3nd Global CAM Skill Competition, who have qualified for the World Championships to be held at Delcam’s headquarters in Birmingham early next year. This competition, which was open to local high school and college students, is held each year as part of Hankook Delcam’s support for the development of CAM software skills to meet the needs of the country’s manufacturing industry.
Delcam is one of the world’s leading suppliers of CAM software and associated services, and also supplies systems for product design, tooling design, reverse engineering and inspection. The company has grown steadily since being founded formally in 1977, after initial development work at Cambridge University led by the late Donald Welbourn. It is now among the largest developers of product design and manufacturing software in the UK, with subsidiaries in America, Europe and Asia. Over 330 people are employed at Delcam’s Birmingham headquarters, with almost 400 staff working in the company’s overseas subsidiaries and around 200 more in its international joint ventures.
Delcam’s software and services help manufacturing companies to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times. The company’s software is used in over 90 countries by more than 45,000 organizations. These customers range from multi-national corporations to independent designers, toolmakers and sub-contractors, and come from a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, electrical appliances, footwear, healthcare, motor sport, packaging, toys, sports equipment, jewellery and signmaking. On February 6, 2014, Delcam was acquired by Autodesk and now operates as a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary.
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