Vero Software will unveil a number of "ground-breaking innovations", along with the launch of a new module, at the MACH 2014 exhibition (at the NEC, Birmingham, April 7 – 11).
Four Vero Software brands, Alphacam, Edgecam, Radan and VISI, will be showcasing new and updated functionality on Stand 4426, Hall 4. They include unique technologies introduced into VISI's CADCAM applications for the mould and die market; with Radan officially launching a new quoting module that fits seamlessly into its manufacturing solutions.
VISI: MACH 2014 is the first opportunity for manufacturers to see a preview of the forthcoming VISI 21. This new release focuses on advanced technologies, both in its design and manufacturing aspects, featuring innovative, claimed unique technologies included for the first time.
General manager Richard Youhill says: "VISI has always maintained a leading position in managing large amounts of CAD data, and ease of use for definition of mould tools and assemblies. Visitors to MACH will see how these key features are extended in the new release to include dedicated tools for creating and managing multiple cavities within a single tool, enabling components to be modified quicker and more efficiently. Users will find higher levels of data and improved tools for creating geometry, along with enhancements to the plastic flow and progressive die analysis options.
"CAM updates include modifications to EDM and milling technology, plus higher automation levels. There've been a number of enhancements within the user interface, improving methods and availability of options. Using dialogs and variables is now more simple and there are more automated features."
Additional types of toolpath strategies have been incorporated into Hybrid Machining, extending the technology's ability to create new toolpaths that intelligently adapt the shape of their motions, according to workpiece geometry.
Radan: MACH will also be the first UK exhibition where Radan will show its universal quoting software, Radquote. This new module generates quotes for sheet metal, tube, bar and purchased parts. It provides a full breakdown of costs and allows each cost area to be altered, giving complete flexibility when negotiating. It integrates seamlessly into Radan's manufacturing solutions.
Radan sales and major accounts manager Kevin O'Connor says: "Following the enthusiastic reception Radquote received when it was previewed to Radan users late last year, we feel MACH is the ideal platform to officially launch what will be the perfect quoting solution for sheetmetal manufacturing."
Alphacam: A host of Alphacam 2014 R1 enhancements will be on view, including those to solid tools, multi-processing and CAD to CAM.
Cutting tools can now be defined from solids, which are displayed during solid simulation. The lathe module now supports multiple turrets, including revolver and platen type configurations. This gives the added benefit of enhanced graphical simulation; and improved collision detection within lathe, which is especially useful when using multiple turrets.
For multi-processing, Alphacam can still be operated at the same time that multi-core hardware technology is being utilised to generate complex toolpaths. This eliminates the need for the user to wait for one process to finish before starting the next, reducing part processing time.
Alphacam's nested-based automation tool, CAD to CAM, now supports the processing of solid models. Using style layer processing within CAD to CAM, these models have their own geometry features recognised before automatic machining and nesting. This gives the benefit of solids nesting, while reducing screen-to-machine time.
Edgecam: Edgecam's 2014 R1 release will be on show, demonstrating how its "game-changing" Workflow tools are even faster. Workflow was already renowned for enabling CADCAM engineers to apply toolpaths within seconds, but several enhancements in 2014 R1, give additional control and save even more time.
A wide-ranging array of machining and ease of use updates in Edgecam 2014 R1 are also being presented on the stand, including a new chamfering cycle, supporting both 2D and 3D geometry.
The revolutionary toolpath Waveform Roughing is also expected to continue to generate great interest on the stand. Designed to maximise material removal rates while prolonging both tool and machine tool life, it produces rough milling toolpaths that deliver shorter cycle times, greater tool life, better surface finish and are kinder to machine tools.
MACH 2014 - Birmingham NEC, 7-11 April