These take in:

[] Designing and programming complex tool geometries, including individual tooth geometries and tool parameter scaling

[] Fast 3-D live simulation routines

[] Automatic collision control.

After simply selecting tool size and geometry, then grinding wheel and electrode ‘package’, the system offers a simulation mode where parameters can be quickly and easily changed before tool production starts – on the Power Diamond, Diamond Evolution and Vision Diamond 400L machines.

The new enhancements in Tool Studio version 3 – which all contribute to faster tool production simulation, parameter changes and machine operation for the production of carbide as well as PCD tooling - also embrace new functionality for:

[] Thread milling cutters - diameter/flank grinding and OD grinding

[] Pocket extensions - import and grind DXF pocket shapes

[] Cut-off operations - compensating for worn wheels

[] Probing and alignment of asymmetrical flats - more functionality to define probing points/probe the exact position for perfect alignment

[] Side probing - on the Helitronic Micro c axis at 90° for grinding lengths up to 200 mm, depending on application and wheel diameter

[] In-process wheel and electrode measurement inside the machine

[] Core compensation for long tools - core parameter and tolerance band

[] Automatic machine axis referencing - using setting disc with electrical isolator

[] Coolant hole detection with camera

[] Integration of the new Top Loader handling

[] Integration of the optional HF (50,000 rpm) spindle.

In addition, Tool Studio 3 has a grinding wheel data interface for the Heliset tool measuring machine, to measure wheel/wheelsets then send/import that data to Tool Studio.