Added features and improvements include: the ability to automatically recognise weld joints embedded in CAD models, which simplifies and speeds up programming; the potential to transform operations and reduce multiple manual selections; and the ability to modify operation geometry (a section or the entire path) so the user can match the CAD model to the actual part where a mismatch exists.

Robotmaster can handle both simple and complex robotic tasks, from straightforward plasma-cutting jobs, to deburring and additive manufacturing applications. Today, Robotmaster software is used on robots that drill aircraft fuselages, polish automotive dies, cut material, support additive manufacturing, and add value to a multitude of processes at family-owned job shops around the world.

“Our goal was to revolutionise the way robots are programmed by creating software so intuitive that anyone can use it,” explains Garen Cakmak, leader of Hypertherm’s robotic software team. “It enables customers to enjoy error-free, task-based programming that takes collisions, singularities, joint collisions and other robotic errors into account before running the program live on a robot. In turn, this makes it possible to program new jobs without interrupting the robot, minimising downtime and instantly increasing productivity and profitability.”