Surfware is dedicated to continuous innovation and development of new technologies that increase customers' machining productivity and profitability. Surfware's goals are to provide top-quality technology, customer service and world class solutions that allow its customers to gain a competitive edge in a changing global marketplace.
In 1950, Victor Diehl opened a mold shop in Southern California for machine tooling medical products. Throughout the 1950s,
Victor Diehl supported his family through his focus on precision mold products for the medical industry. In the 1960s, Victor
and son Alan invested in NC (Numerical Control) machines 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.
Circa 1950: Victor Diehl
works at his mold shop
in California for machine
tooling medical products
In 1980, Bryan and Larry Diehl, Alan’s sons, greatly influenced by the mathematical skills of their uncle Jack, joined
the machining firm and wrote a UNIX program for surface modeling and machining. In 1988, Surfcam, Inc. was formed by Alan
and Larry, and SURFCAM was launched -- the first PC-based modeling and NC programming software to be offered commercially
to the industry.
Over the next decade, SURFCAM’s features advanced along with the capabilities of the PC. Every release brought new
firsts and functionality: first NURBS surface technology on a PC ; first PC-based four-axis simultaneous machining;
first CAM system for 32-bit enhanced-mode Microsoft Windows, first PC CAM system with automatic rendering of blended
surfaces; first to deploy new features in 2- and 3-axis rest machining.
In early 2000, Pat Patterson (Uncle Pat) with co-inventor Alan, began work on what would become the ground-breaking
TrueMill technology, a completely new toolpath strategy that controls the load on the tool to significantly increase
productivity (in some cases two to four times faster) and extend tool life for all materials, including aluminum, steels, titanium,
Inconel and other exotics.
SURFCAM Velocity Powered by TrueMill was launched in 2005, with internal instructions on how to limit the maximum
stepover to cut optimally everywhere along the toolpath on any part geometry. The software won Industry Week’s
Technology Innovation Award. Since that time, in live demos and on customer sites, SURFCAM with TrueMill option has
continued to excel.
Surfware recently moved into a new 12,500 square-foot headquarters in Camarillo, California. In addition to a
growing staff, Surfware works with a strong network of domestic and international resellers who provide
invaluable strength and teamwork for the organization. The company maintains its own suite of milling machines to
test the latest developments and innovations its state-of-the-art TrueMill technology.
In 2008, Surfware celebrated its 20th Anniversary. For almost six decades, the Diehls and the Surfware team have
focused on creating innovative, high-quality products that enhance the industries Surfware serves. As the sole provider
of the TrueMill technology that manages tool engagement to create superior toolpaths, Surfware is committed to helping
its customers become more efficient, profitable and successful.