Progressive Components Expanded offering, now with native VISI CAD library
Progressive Components has expanded its CAD library further with new file formats, including VISI CAD.
USA-based Progressive Components from Wauconda, Illinois, has been providing free CAD geometry to mould designers for nearly 30 years, having continually add new products and file formats over the whole time.
The latest, which expands Progressive's CAD library further, is new file formats, including VISI CAD — one of the globe's leading PC-based CAD/CAM software solutions for the mould and die industry, the company recently announced.
Company President Glenn Starkey notes: “Our roots are in mould design.” He stated that the company has been offering CAD geometry for mould designers to integrate into their library since the business began. “This collaboration with VISI goes one step further — enabling our customers to take full advantage of the parametric advantages of full integration with a software provider," Starkey added.
Progressive's internal mould design team partnered with VISI experts to develop the complete Progressive Components catalogue, which has over 7,000 product SKUs in VISI format that make it the most extensive new CAD offering to date, according to the company. Several new features added to VISI CAD, include the option to add standard componentry using built-in VISI functions, automatic updates to the assembly manager and the BOM with ordering information for purchasing, and the ability to insert “Rapid Tooling Inserts and Accessories”.
Kevin Kelly, project engineer at Progressive added: “Offering standardised components is the basis of what we do. Direct integration of our library within VISI, helps standardise the CAD process for all VISI users using our components. Having off-the-shelf components and off-the-shelf CAD gives mould designers a leading edge."
VISI CAD, a product from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence based in Stockholm, Sweden, is a recognised leader for CAD/CAM software solutions for the made-to-order tooling industry.
Progressive is a supplier for the production tooling industry of industry-standard components and unique innovations. The company has three hub locations, namely in Europe, North America and Asia, and a growing number of wholly-owned regional service centres as well as strategic channel partners throughout the world.