Software CAD/CAM suite enhanced for applications in mould, die industries

Editor: Eric Culp

Major graphic enhancements are part of the upgrade, the supplier says.

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(Source: Vero Software)

Vero Software has released VISI 20, which is said to offer many new features in all areas of the CAD/CAM software, providing further solutions for mould, tool and die makers. According to the supplier, major graphic enhancements include the ability to fast-view a file before opening, allowing pan and zoom functionality. Other enhancements incorporate improved rendering, a programmable command widget and the ability to show locked elements using a different graphical representation, the company said.

The wide range of significant CAD enhancements include a “collaboration mode” allowing multiple users to work on the same project dataset. The company noted that other improvements offer the ability to assign constraints to geometrical bodies, providing the tools to simulate the real movement of tooling and check for collisions. In addition, CAD translators have been updated to include support for Solid Works and Solid Edge assemblies, and support for PTC Creo and JTopen B-rep entities, it noted.

CAM developments include the ability to distribute the toolpath computation onto different machines connected to the same private network. According to the company, this technology uses “distributed computing”, where the computers interact with each other to achieve a common goal. Each goal is divided into many tasks, which are solved by one computer connected to the network. The main advantages are that the combination of slave computers can produce a similar computing resource to a multi-processor, super-computer and keep the master PC free from heavy calculations, the company said. It noted that a typical benchmark project for a mould cavity could easily consist of 30-40 complex toolpath operations. Moreover, Vero has introduced new toolpath algorithms which include an innovative hybrid roughing strategy, improved auto rest machining, multi-axis flank milling and multi-axis roughing.

The company has also developed EDM applications, such as the ability to auto detect undercuts. When the offset is larger than the radius of an arc, the toolpath can self-intersect, the company explained. the solid simulation has been enhanced to detect conditions where the toolpath crosses and highlight these in the movement list.

VISI Flow for plastic flow analysis has been made 64-bit compatible, the company said, with improvements to sequential moulding, gas assisted, and over-moulding, along with new tools for conformal cooling.