Updated two-way file flow in latest WORKXPLORE

November 4th, 2019 8:57 am | by admin

Easier and more interactive printing
Specific simulation import, a couple of additional reader translators and client viewer measurements all feature in a number of enhancements in the latest release of WORKXPLORE, the powerful high-speed CAD viewer and analyser from Hexagon’s Production Software portfolio.

The software was originally created to efficiently import and analyse all file types and sizes at high speed. It often takes less than half the time to open a file compared to the original CAD application.

Amongst the new and enhanced two-way workflow functionality in WORKXPLORE 2020.1 is the ability to import and export the IGP file format for the Hexagon I++ Simulator, which is a server-based software for multi-kinematic simulation of process-oriented inspections to automate production metrology.

WORKXPLORE can export either opened or closed solids, mesh models as meshes, as well as meshes. Additional reader translators include Solid Edge 2D Importer, and the IGES Reader Translator. The ability to read drawings has been added to the Solid Edge interface. Currently, 2D supported versions are ST1 to 2019. While the IGES translator allows users to choose between the in-house integrated import library and the Datakit Advanced Import, giving a choice for the setting best suited to specific needs.

A Print Option enhancement gives more interactive printing functionality in the single view layout, by manipulating entities over the printing. Product owner Luca Clerici says: “The printing zone in WORKXPLORE 2020.1 can be defined through an interactive rectangle, with the ability to move the camera in the 3D screen.

“When the command is launched, a mask corresponding to the paper ratio, for example A4 landscape, appears onscreen. It’s then possible to move the model to precisely define the printing area. Also, another interactive rectangle provides an optional crop facility.”

A toolbar with the print options is now available on the right side of the screen, making it easier to select the target printer and define its properties, select the paper size and add headers and footers. He says that another important new function enables measurements done in WORKXPLORE can now be export to the Client Viewer.

This release also continues the software’s tradition of constantly updating supported formats. Translators in WORKXPLORE 2020.1 support a number of main formats, including: ACIS, several CATIA products, Creo, DXF/DWG, IGES, EDGECAM, I++ Simulator, INVENTOR, Parasolid, STEP, Solid Edge and SolidWorks.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
Tel: 01242 542040
www.hexagonmi.com
www.workxplore.com

 

                                                            

Hexagon’s new G-Code simulation software wows at Southern

February 13th, 2019 11:29 am | by admin

NCSIMUL exhibits with Hexagon’s CADCAM software for the first time in the UK 

Market-leading CAD/CAM software products EDGECAM, VISI and RADAN have exhibited in the UK for the first time since becoming part of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Production Software business.

They were also joined for the first time on the stand at the Southern Manufacturing trade fair by NCSIMUL, a G-code simulation software from recent acquisition SPRING Technologies.

Gareth Henwood, area sales manager for the Production Software business, says visitors to the stand were excited by and impressed with on-screen demonstrations of NCSIMUL, showing its versatility and ease-of-use:

“Although there’s a powerful simulator in EDGECAM, it simulates from the file, whereas NCSIMUL reads the data that’s actually going into the machine, giving manufacturers full confidence that when they start to cut metal there won’t be any collisions or gouging.”

Described as a high-end CNC simulation software, NCSIMUL manages the complete machining process from the NC program to the machined part.

Visitors to the Hexagon stand saw how its capabilities allow users to fully master the shop floor, including automatic G-code reprogramming and G-code simulation. Other benefits that complete the platform and enhance production include DNC program management, real-time machine monitoring and publishing technical content.

As well as NCSIMUL, three of the Production Software business’s CADCAM solutions were on display, along with the WORKPLAN ERP system, while a section of the stand was dedicated to Hexagon’s scanning devices.

Demonstrations of the latest release of EDGECAM included its Additive Machining module, supporting the Direct Energy Deposition method, offering a specific manufacturing cycle which accurately guides a laser as it deposits material to form a shape. After that, the shape is machined using EDGECAM’s milling cycles to create the final component.

Visitors also saw how RADAN 2019 R1 focuses on doing more with fewer clicks, plus a range of new and enhanced CAD/CAM functions in VISI, providing a boost for reverse engineering for the mould and die market.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
Tel: 01242 542040
www.hexagon.mi.com