CAD/CAM system 4.1 Complete automation of all process flows in modern manufacturing companies

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Germany — Specialist in CAD/CAM and MES process solutions in model, die and mould manufacturing, Tebis, has broken new ground with the launch of its complete CAD/CAM system 4.1.

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Tebis 4.1 is a complete parametric-associative CAD/CAM system that supports highly automated processing in a single system for selected tasks in design, manufacturing preparation and CAM programming. Bernhard Rindfleisch, Tebis company founder and Chairman of the Board, explains: “With Tebis 4.1, we are providing both medium-sized companies and major enterprises with an end-to-end solution that will provide their manufacturing processes with long-term future viability.”

Robust CAD hybrid system combines free-form surfaces and solids

The newly developed parametric/associative system base is specifically adapted to the requirements of single-part and small-series manufacturing, where everyday challenges include tight delivery deadlines, frequent component changes, a large number of variants and varying levels of data quality. In contrast to many other volume-based systems, the company therefore doesn’t distinguish between surfaces and open or closed solids. All objects can be intersected without causing error messages. Tebis always calculates a result — even if there are gaps in the surface topology. Another benefit: Like in the CAM environment, templates can now be used to structure and standardize CAD activities.

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Simple and intuitive user guidance

A unique feature is the new user guidance, which has been improved in close collaboration with users. It is consistently oriented to the logical work methods of CAD designers and CAM programmers. The revised structure tree always gives the user a clear overview: In the CAD node, they can view CAD elements and quickly and easily adjust objects designed using parametric/associative methods based on their creation history. Analogously, the CAM node in the tree contains the Job Manager.

With the new Job Manager and NCJob technology, CAM programmers can create and manage all NC programs for all technologies needed to manufacture a component — from milling to turning to hardening. The Job Manager reflects the entire manufacturing process with clearly structured operating sequences and guides the user logically through CAM programming.

Another benefit is the personalized user interface: It can be configured individually and therefore be precisely adapted to specific tasks and requirements. These configurations can also be used as templates for company-wide standards.

Even more process automation

The 4.1 platform provides all the necessary prerequisites for safe, fast and reduced-personnel production and supports the automation of all manufacturing processes.

The Proleis MES software, with which even complex manufacturing projects can be planned, controlled and executed automatically, is fully integrated. As an integration platform, Proleis can also be easily combined with upstream and downstream systems like PDM, ERP and machine control systems.

The proven virtual process libraries, in which all of the real manufacturing components are represented to the last detail in the form of digital twins, have been supplemented with a clamping device library. This can be used to conveniently create and manage clamping elements and clamping device groups and to set up the machine in the virtual environment. All relevant information is transferred with the NC documentation to the person responsible for setup.

All measuring tasks are also fully integrated in the manufacturing process. This allows users to check in the CAM system to see if the component is correctly clamped and the blank is correctly dimensioned and oriented — ensuring shorter setup and machining time, higher component quality and fewer correction iterations.

For even greater safety, the machine head is fully accounted for in collision checking during NC calculation. In the event of potential collisions with the machine head, the affected areas are automatically reduced or excluded from machining. The same also applies here: The check is performed using the real head geometry, not a substitute geometry.

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