As Surfware Inc. continues to grow worldwide, it is important to find additional resellers to help support end-users in their local area. As part of this growth, Surfware, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of three recently authorized resellers. Romeo Engineering Inc. (Fort Worth, TX), David Holding Company (Kazanlak, Bulgaria) and UAVision (Lisbon, Portugal) joined the SURFCAM reseller network last month to license and support both Industrial and Educational end-users of SURFCAM CAD/CAM Systems worldwide.
Romeo Engineering Inc. was founded in 1987, built on solid experience in automation design and manufacturing as well as consulting for automation, engineering/technical services, and turn-key systems. With such a strong manufacturing background, Romeo Engineering Inc., will be a great addition to the SURFCAM reseller network licensing and supporting SURFCAM CAD/CAM systems. For more information on Romeo Engineering, visit: http://www.romeoeng.com
David Holding Company via SpaceCAD Ltd. will be licensing and supporting SURFCAM CAD/CAM Systems in Bulgaria and Romania. SpaceCAD Ltd. was established 1996 with the primary goal of introducing software solutions and engineering services for digital design, digital manufacturing and data management through the entire process life cycle. The SURFCAM product line will be a great addition to their existing solutions in providing easy to use, world class CAM software to their customer base. For more information on SpaceCAD Ltd., visit: http://www.david.bg.
UAVision was established in 2005 with an emphasis on combining innovation and technology to solve tough customer problems. UAVision’s expertise in various fields of engineering enables them to address all the phases of the product life cycle, from concept to prototype and all the way to a final product or a turn-key solution. UAVision will be licensing SURFCAM CAD/CAM Systems and services in Portugal. For more information on UAVision, visit: http://www.uavision.com.
Trick Flow Specialties, a customer of SURFCAM Reseller CIM Solutions, was established in 1983 and located in Akron, Ohio, designing and building tooling for castings for the automotive racing world. They design and manufacture performance cylinder heads, intake manifolds, camshafts, valvetrain components, throttle bodies, and other bolt-on performance parts for Ford and Chevy. Products are manufactured in-house on CNC equipment and the engineers use flowbench visualization software, a coordinate measuring machine, and engine dynamometers to test products during several stages of production.
Trick Flow entered the aftermarket automotive world by designing and producing its own automotive racing products in 1985. Since then, Trick Flow Specialties has added thousands of products to its inventory that are being used on the street and race tracks worldwide. Trick Flow Specialties manufactures performance bolt-on parts for all three major American automotive companies; Chevy, Ford, and Chrysler. For the past five years Trick Flow Specialties has claimed more than 20 world and national titles.
“SURFCAM has played a big part in producing many of the parts that has made Trick Flow Specialties so successful," says Mike Downs, Manufacturing Manager at Trick Flow Specialties.
Trick Flow Specialties has been using SURFCAM throughout its design-to-manufacturing process since 1996. Over the years, Trick Flow has kept up with SURFCAM and made use of many of the new tools that SURFCAM has offered, making Trick Flow Specialties more efficient, cost effective and more competitive.
“With a growing need to get to the market faster, SURFCAM’s functionality and flexibility has helped keep us ahead of the game," says Downs.
Trick Flow Specialties has a state of the art design department which designs most of its product using SolidWorks. Once the product is designed, fully functional prototypes are created for testing, fitment, or just for appearance. The prototypes are machined on one of several machining centers at Trick Flow Specialties using SURFCAM’s 2-5 axis program technology. "This technology helps us to finish these prototypes efficiently to keep the design process flowing rapidly. SURFCAM’s associativity with Solidworks enables us to adapt to changes to prototypes and tools with ease," says Downs.
Once the prototype is approved, SURFCAM is then used in the design of the casting patterns and molds. Several of the castings need to be broken into pieces to effectively mold the part. All these pieces, known as cores, are placed on SURFCAM’s separate layers for the ease of designing the mold for each individual core. The next step is to machine the patterns and molds into a costly high density tooling board and tool steel. With SURFCAM’s high speed machining, fast processing, minimal rapid motions, and variety of cutting strategies, tooling is completed in a quarter of the time of traditional methods. Thanks to SURFCAM’s full gouge protection, visualization, and verification, costly repairs and down time are avoided.
"SURFCAM’s superior surface finish from its fluid tool paths leaves minimal manual labor for fitment and polishing, greatly reducing the cost in building patterns and molds," says Downs.
-Mike Downs, Trick Flow Specialties (http://www.trickflow.com)