RADAN Version 2020.1
RADAN 2020.1 builds on the existing workflow for nesting to potentially work endlessly – nesting is a constant flow of part requirements coming into the system and nests flowing on to the shop floor. This release focuses on feedback from the shop floor about when a nest is cut on a machine.
Common Grid Cutting
Requests to make the processing of regular grids more efficient have been addressed with adaptations to auto-tooling which detect and improve the tooling and sequencing applied to regular grids of parts.
Floating Scrap Test
Order mode has a new button to make it easy to check for floating scrap. Any points in the sequence where floating scrap is detected is highlighted, as well as the area on the sheet that is affected.
RADAN | Radm-ax/Radtube
Simple Line Font for Etching
A new, simple, single line font is now available which is not decorative, but clear and simple to etch.
Simple Font is the default font for use when adding text features. You can use the Choose button to select any font you have installed.
Enhancements to Imprint 2
Support for tenons was added a few releases ago which created tabs and slots for positive alignment, but these are not always suitable. Radtube 2020.1 offers a simple and quick way to provide guide marks on parts. Imprinting function now allows edges of one part to create lines on a neighbouring part which could then be etched to provide the visual clue required.
Cut sorting options are now part of the Auto Cut process. This allows users to choose the cut sort method to apply during the tooling process rather than as a secondary task. Optionally, users can set the desired sort method, then choose not to show that screen to enforce a consistent sort method for all following jobs.
Nesting CAD Files Without Tooling
Multi-nest can now work with Parasolid files (x_t or x_b file extension) which can be created from many CAD packages. After nesting the parts will be automatically cut.
Material information is not available from the source files, this can be specified before proceeding; the shapes, however, are detected automatically.
Import Nest Details from a File
Production details can now be imported from a file with a specific format to populate the Multi-nester. The file must contain 4 columns of data separated by semi-colons ";".
Parts can now be coloured for easier identification. The selected colour will be used in all nests that contain the part. The colours are also shown on the reports.
RADAN | Radbend
Programming for Multiple Press Brakes
A new checkbutton menu option under the menu Machine->Switch to other pressbrake to automatically rearrange and/or realign the toolsetups when switching to a different pressbrake.
Usually if you switch to another pressbrake, the other pressbrake has a different size and the tools are no longer in a default position (generally the middle) of that pressbrake.
If the menu option Rearrange toolsetups on switch to other pressbrake is on, while switching to a different pressbrake, the toolsetups will be rearranged and realigned according to the tool selection options for the new pressbrake.
If the menu option Realign toolsetups on switch to other pressbrake is on, while switching to a different pressbrake, the toolsetups will automatically be realigned according to the tool selection options for the new pressbrake.
Properties Menu when Generating NC Code
The part properties menu is now shown on each compile.
This allows users to change program or NC name or number or Comments while compiling without having to go to Program -> properties menu first. Furthermore, the Enter key will save the file and part properties.
Show Dimensions in Section View
The section view will now display dimensions by default; the user can still switch it on or off in the tree structure.
RADAN | Radquote
Import 3D Assemblies
Radquote can now automatically process 3D sheet metal assemblies from SolidWorks, Inventor, SAT and STEP.
Bars and Tubes
Radquote now allows any shape of bar or tube to be defined as a standard shape. A shape can have any number of dimensions which define its characteristics; this can range from an inner/outer diameter and a thickness to width, height, radii and thickness. Radquote holds values for linear density, cross section area and surface per linear metre.
Standard lengths are used when calculating material costs for bars and tubes; Radquote uses RADAN’s powerful nester to calculate the material cost.
The material use page now also shows a detailed overview of the material cost calculation.
RADAN | Designer
RADAN | Designer 2020.1 is a new application in RADAN’s product portfolio.
RADAN | Designer forms a pivotal part of our CAD CAM solution, preparing parts for bending, nesting and cutting. From model design, to part repair and modification, RADAN | Designer is the ultimate CAD solution for taking geometry through to manufacture.
Several powerful sheet metal functions area available to prepare a part for unfolding. RADAN | Designer has functionality to correct the thickness, change bend radii and make changes to flange angles and lengths.
Unfolding a sheet metal part couldn’t be easier. RADAN | Designer offers a flexible material library and several calculation methods to create the correct unfolded shape. Available are unfolding using a setback at 90 degrees, a k-factor, DIN correction, or using only the V-width of the die that is used to bend the part.
Unfolding parameters, such as bend allowances, can be controlled independently of the geometry, enabling an accurate development that is based on actual bending machines and tooling to be used in production. This leads to more accurate flat blanks, more accurate folding and ultimately, a higher quality product.
Extensive Range of CAD Interfaces
RADAN | Designer imports data from a wide variety of exchange formats including Parasolid, IGES, STEP, ACIS, DXF, DWG, STL and VDA files as well as native data from the following CAD systems:
- Catia V4 & V5
- Pro/ENGINEER & PTC Creo
- Autodesk Inventor
- Siemens NX
- Solid Edge
The extensive range of translators ensures that users can work with data from almost any supplier. Very large files can be handled with ease and companies working with complex designs will benefit from the simplicity with which their customer’s CAD data can be manipulated.
The sheet metal part can be modified by adding bends, opening closed edges, splitting faces and creating corner clearances using powerful and intuitive workflows.
Working With 2D Data
RADAN | Designer supports the import of DXF and DWG files allowing the user to transform existing 2D data into a 3D model by simply reusing the imported profiles from the original data. Imported data automatically creates sketch profile regions making the transformation from 2D to 3D easier than ever.
Direct modelling frees the user from the constraints of a traditional modelling system. Rather than modifying a lengthy series of parameters to make a design change, direct modelling allows the user to push, pull and drag the geometry to obtain their desired shape. These changes can be completely freeform or driven by numeric increments and measurements taken from existing geometry. Knowledge of how the original model was constructed is no longer necessary and design changes are not constrained to the original methods of creation. Direct modelling gives the user complete freedom of construction whether creating a new component or modifying an existing design created in any of the myriad of CAD formats that EDGECAM | RADAN | Designer supports.