June 18, 2012: RadCAM to Show Latest Radan Software at AMTEX, Delhi
June 18, 2012: RadCAM, reseller of the world’s most powerful
sheet metal CAD/CAM software, Radan, across India, will be highlighting the
latest edition, 2012 R2, at the Asian Machine Tools Exhibition, AMTEX, on July
27th – 30th.
Radan 2012 R2 features a number of new and improved
functions, along with two new laser and tube products.
With more than 20-man-years of experience in automating the
sheet metal industry in India, RadCAM Software Solutions has evolved into a
one-stop provider for metal cutting companies ranging from small, through
medium operations, to large corporates. Managing Director Siddhu Jolad says:
“Radan software for sheet metal design, development and CAM, along with our
business and technology consultancy, product engineering and application and
maintenance services, plays an essential role in helping manufacturers become
faster and more efficient.”
Radan 2012 R2, which RadCAM will be demonstrating on Stand
H7 in Hall 12A, at the exhibition, which is being held at Pragati Maidan, New
Delhi, takes that efficiency to the next level.
Punching: A new
function allows sheets to be automatically cut off on punching and combination
machines to create offcuts. Sophisticated tagging methods will secure the
remnant in place while unloading the sheet skeleton. And there is additional
functionality to the order mode tool list, including using visual feedback to
show whether the state of the tool is ‘not processed,’ ‘partially processed,’
or ‘all processed.’ The tool selection has also become more intuitive,
activating on selection to allow redraw.
The rectangular nesting algorithm for single parts has been
enhanced and shows increases in material utilization.
The user can specify the columns visible in the nest lists,
allowing custom part properties to be used to group, sort and identify parts.
Certain attributes have been machine specific, i.e. they
hold different values for different machine tools. This means that, for
example, the runtime of a nest can be stored with machine specific values.
Values calculated by Quick Estimates are now stored and can
be shown on the nest layout drawings, html setup sheets and nest project
Programming: A new way of storing
face, edge and vertex details, allows data to be repeatedly transferred between
Radan and its market-leading offline press brake programming system, Radbend.
This allows Radbend to recognise ‘similarities’ between parts, and
automatically re-program known parts.
The new Radm-ax and Radtube will also be featured on
Radm-ax is a 5-axis programming system for multi-axis laser
or water-jet cutting machines in the general engineering, automotive and
aerospace industries. And Radtube is specialist programming software for rotary
and multi-axis cutting machines used by the tube cutting and manipulation
Both come with a comprehensive machine and postprocessor
database making them fully compatible with machines from a large number of
manufacturers. Should a machine not be
supported, a Machine Setup utility means bespoke machine types and post
processing information can readily be configured.
Radtube: A library of parametric tube shapes
simplifies the creation of the tube material to be cut. And a library of
parametric hole shapes means specialist joint features such as duck tails,
clips and key holes can easily be added. Radan’s renowned nesting capabilities
help users to nest multiple parts on a single pipe or section, by creating
individual programs for each part, then simulating and checking the cutting
path. Previously machined parts can be nested into a multiple number of tubes
where each nested tube can be postprocessed to form a complete NC program –
giving maximum yield and minimum waste from expensive materials.
operations are generally divided into outer trims – the external forms of the
part – and inner trims, which represent the internal cut-outs and other
features to be machined. While their basic toolpaths can be generated
automatically, they can also be easily created and refined manually. Users have
full control over how each inner and outer trim is handled. The toolpath can
also be edited regarding how the cutting nozzle is angled towards it, or how it
handles jigs and fixture features – Radm-ax offers a number of ways of handling
fixtures, including importing them from external files and manually
repositioning them, or using the Fixture Design utility to create the support
fixtures in sheet metal.
Toolpath verification and simulation in both Radtube and
Radm-ax ensures there are no nasty surprises when cutting starts. A full solid
toolpath simulation shows the angle of the nozzle as it moves around the part,
providing instant feedback on whether machine head movement or accessibility
means a specific move is possible. Any collisions which are detected are
highlighted both on the model and via on-screen messages and can be manually
edited or corrected automatically. Once the toolpath has been completely
verified and optimised Radtube and Radm-ax quickly generate reliable NC code.
And a wealth of features help reduce machine tool wear while ensuring feeds and
speeds are maintained across the job.
Siddhu Jodal says: “AMTEX has constantly strengthened its
position over the last cv12 years as one of the largest shows of machine tools
and manufacturing technologies in Asia, growing by 300% in that time. This
makes it the ideal showcase for the world’s most powerful sheet metal CAD/CAM
RadCAM Software Solutions. Stand H7, Hall 12A
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