Company Profile | August 26, 1999

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Source: Surfware Inc.
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Surfware was founded in 1987 as a spin-off of the Diehl family's mold shop. The original Los Angeles area shop was founded by Victor Diehl in 1950 and specialized in precision molds for the medical industry. In the 1970s, under the direction of Alan Diehl, the shop used early NC mills to create complex, free-form aircraft seals.

With the enhancements in PC hardware in the 1980s, Alan's sons began developing NC software for the PC based on their previous programming experience in Unix. It was a logical step aimed to give the small shop a cost-effective, technological advantage. The resulting PC CAM software brought workstation level functions to the PC.

SURFCAM was born. It was fast and powerful due to its ability to define sculptured surfaces with exact mathematics. The Diehls formed Surfware Incorporated to market SURFCAM to other shops. The success of today's SURFCAM product is largely due to the fact that is was conceived by, and continues to be developed by third generation machinists who understand practical, real world machining applications as well as mathematical theory.

Today, Surfware is a rapidly growing company devoted entirely to further developing the SURFCAM product line. SURFCAM computer-aided design / manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software is built for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system environment. Designers, engineers, and machinists worldwide use it for 2D and 3D mechanical design, surface modeling, solid modeling, reverse engineering, prototyping, mold-making, pattern-making, and production machining. SURFCAM makes easy CNC programming of 2-5 axis mills, lathes, wire EDM, laser, plasma and water-jet machines a reality. Shops across the globe rely on SURFCAM to give them a competitive edge to turn around more parts and perform more complex jobs than ever before.