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.