Making Money With ArtCAM Pro Software
Delcam International ArtCAM Pro Engraving Software
A gradual transition from traditional methods to computerized design and manufacturing has allowed the U.K.'s Royal Mint to cut its coinage lead times in half. The final stage of the change was completed in 2004, when the mint completely removed the pantograph from its processes.
The first stage of the process was to begin creating all lettering and borders with Delcam International's ArtCAM Pro engraving software. "Lettering was the obvious place to start, as it's so difficult with traditional methods and so easy in ArtCAM Pro," says Bonaccorsi. "There was a range of immediate benefits. The software can handle a much wider range of fonts. Scaling for different sizes of coin is much faster than with a pantograph. It is both quick and easy to change details like dates, with no problems in matching the new details to the positions of existing numbers or letters. Finally, we can add draft to the lettering automatically to ease removal from the die."