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CAD/CAM Software Release

Graphic enhancements include geometry selection by "free-shape" brush

Developments in CAD, mold and CAM functionality are included in VISI 2016 R1, from Vero Software. The product naming convention also explains the move to a new six month release cycle, with two versions planned per year.

"VISI 2016 R1 introduces many new features in all areas of the product with continued emphasis on solutions for mold, tool and die makers," said a company spokesperson.

Major graphic enhancements include an updated GUI with quick access toolbars, live icon combinations on the mouse, improved hidden line removal and geometry selection by "free-shape" brush. In addition, CAD translators have been updated to support third party CAD formats, including Inventor 2016, layer categories for NX and attribute hole mapping for Catia V5.

"User efficiency continues to be a focus for product development and major CAD developments including significant picking and sketching enhancements, associativity improvements for 3-D dimensions, a redesigned part revision manager and multiple plotview updates," said the spokesperson.

VISI Mold developments include improved cooling channel management with support for solid groups, CAD transformations and updated catalogue components such as plugs, connectors and baffles. Additional enhancements include a tool to produce lubrication grooves and a rewritten database tool to manage and edit the 3-D standard element libraries.

For those involved in sheet metal stamping, VISI Progress updates include improvements to the part replacement for 3-D strip design, the ability to manage multiple strip designs within the same project, and the option for defining families of punches as instances; allowing for automatic updates of geometry if the parent punch is modified.

VISI 2016 R1 is another release with major CAM developments covering 2-D, 3-D milling and wire EDM updates. 2-D enhancements include significant speed improvements (especially on complex patterns), a final clearance milling path for zig-zag toolpaths and improved linking for pocketing operations. For 3-D machining operations, the user interface has been simplified to help define the geometry piece, stock and additional faces. An updated CAM engine is engineered for better memory management and improved performance, allowing VISI to run multithreads for a single toolpath calculation. This means that a single toolpath build can be split into parallel calculations, reducing the total build time (this is managed automatically by the CAM engine). Wire EDM developments include 64-bit engine support, improved 4-axis offset support and feature recognition for constant tapered apertures.

Other CAM developments include improved analytic material removal, updated stock/model comparison and a toolpath enquirer tool to allow the operator to analyze the underlying toolpath data and search for geometry, such as elements shorter than a given length or vertical arcs.

For more information contact:

Vero USA Inc.

2000 Town Center

Suite 1730

Southfield, MI 48075


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