June 6, 2012: Vero Launches Radan 2012 R2 Sheet Metal CAD/CAM Software
June 6, 2012: Radan, the world’s most
powerful sheet metal CAD/CAM software, has just released its latest edition –
2012R2…along with new laser and tube products.
Radbend: A new way of storing face, edge and vertex details, allows data to be
repeatedly transferred between Radan and the Radbend press brake software. This
will allow Radbend to recognise ‘similarities’ between parts, and automatically
re-program known parts.
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,’ and ‘all processed.’ The
tool selection has also become more intuitive, activating on selection to allow
rectangular nesting algorithm for single parts has been enhanced and shows
increases in material utilisation.
can specify the columns visible in the nest lists, allowing custom part
properties to be used to, group, sort and identify parts.
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.
calculated by Quick Estimates are now stored and can be shown on the nest
layout drawings, html setup sheets and nest project reports.
new Radm-ax and Radtube are now available:
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 industry.
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.
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
Radm-ax: Cutting 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.
Vero Software develops and distributes software for aiding the design and manufacturing process in industry sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronic, medical, white goods, stone and woodworking. The company has direct offices in the UK, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Canada, Netherlands and China, supplying products to more than 40 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network. It has more than 120,000 licenses installed.
Visit for details: www.vero-software.com.