Surfware

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Surfware, Inc.
Type Private
Industry CAD/CAM Software
Founded 1988
Headquarters Camarillo, California, US
Key people Alan Diehl, Founder
Products Surfcam
Website www.surfware.com

Surfware, Inc. is a Camarillo, CA-based company dedicated to innovation and development of CAD/CAM software.

Company History[edit]

In 1950, Victor Diehl opened a mold shop in Southern California for machine tooling medical products. Throughout the 1950s, Victor Diehl focused on precision mold products for the medical industry. In the 1960s, Victor and Alan Diehl got a numerical control machine (CNC) to expedite tooling of components for aircraft manufacturing. Ten years later, Alan and his brother-in-law Jack Epps, a physicist, built a smart NC machine powered by a mini-computer.

In 1980, Bryan and Larry Diehl, joined the machining firm and wrote a UNIX program for surface modeling and machining.[1] In 1988, Surfware, Inc. was formed by Alan and Larry, and SURFCAM was launched—a PC-based modeling and NC programming software to be offered to the CAD/CAM industry.[2]

Over the next decade, SURFCAM’s features advanced along with the capabilities of the PC. Started with NURBS surface technology on a PC, PC-based four-axis machining, CAM system for 32-bit architectures, PC CAM system with automatic rendering of blended surfaces, 2- and 3-axis rest machining.

In 2002, Surfware began work on what would become the TrueMill technology, a completely new toolpath strategy that controls the load on the tool to significantly increase CNC productivity extending also tool life for all materials, including aluminum, steels, titanium, Inconel and other exotics. SURFCAM Velocity Powered by Truemill was launched in 2005, this CAD/CAM software limits the maximum stepover to cut optimally everywhere along the toolpath on any part geometry. A patent (US 7,451,013) has been granted to Surfware.Inc for its “Engagement Milling” technology (TrueMill).[3]

Surfware headquarters in Camarillo, California. It maintains its own suite of milling machines to test the latest developments and innovations in the state-of-the-art TrueMill technology.

Release history[edit]

Name/Version Build Number Date
Surfcam v4  ??
Surfcam v5  ??

References[edit]

  1. ^ Machining code at Surfware.Inc Dec. 2008 Freesteel
  2. ^ A history
  3. ^ US patent 7451013, Coleman, Glenn; Diehl, Alan; Patterson, Robert B., "Engagement milling", issued 2008-11-11 

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