With the newest release of ArtCAM the sculpting application has been made easier and more accessible to a larger number of users, according to the company. Another application of the sculpting tools has been in cleaning up imported data, such as reverse engineered models brought in as STL files.
The functionality has been enhanced with the addition of a “clone” tool. This allows patterns and textures from one part of a model to be duplicated in another region. It can be used to fill in gaps in the scan data or to repair defects from the physical originals — for example, a crack in a historic ceramic piece or a sink mark in a plastic moulding. The new embossing tool allows low-level reliefs that are typically needed for coins, medals or signs, to be created from deeper models.