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act/cut advantages in laser cutting

Significant material savings

  • Reduced loss rate thanks to the high performance of automatic nesting (possibility to choose among multiple strategies).
  • Optimized nesting in common cut.

 

Minimum programming time

  • Automatic assignment of cutting characteristics, including lead-ins/outs, reconfiguration loops, etc.
  • Automatic nesting functions with no or limited user intervention required.
  • Possibility to operate in full automatic mode.

 

Optimized time cycles

  • Optimized computation of the tool paths.
  • Automatic computation of the tool paths with common cut according to various configurations (common cut in rectangular grid or with precut of the neighboring parts).
  • Automatic or interactive control of fast trajectories in "head-up" or "head-down" modes.
  • Laser power control during rapid crossing.
  • Faster cutting of rectangular hole matrices using the automatic “quick grid” function.

 

Complete mastering of the technological process and complex machines

  • Ad hoc assignment of the cutting conditions according to various parameters (material, thickness, surface, perimeter and geometric complexity of the part).
  • Management of the different laser piercing modes.
  • Intelligent management of the cutting of plastic film-covered sheets (burning or vaporization).
  • Support of any laser cutting machine and of any related process (cutting conditions, piercing, engraving, tack welding, micro-welds, etc.)
  • Support of a wide range of machine and manufacturer specific features; for example, repositioning machines.

 

Full integration to sheet metal CAD/CAM to automate the unfolding-cutting-folding workflow

  • 3D import of sheet metal folded parts (STEP, IGES, native formats).
  • Easy interaction with act/unfold, our sheet metal unfolding module (import and modification of the geometry or machining of folded parts).
  • Plan of folding procedure generation for almaCAM Bend.

 

Improved quality of manufactured parts

  • Assignment of ad hoc cutting conditions according to various parameters (material, thickness, surface, perimeter, geometric complexity of the part, plastic covering).
  • Availability of various reconfiguration loops to ensure the best cutting results on angles (sharp right angles).
  • Heat distribution over the sheet with specific cutting sequence, etc.
  • Skeleton cutting management with various possible parameter settings to remove obstacles and level the sheet before cutting.
  • Possibility to re-launch a program in order to cut a single part.

 

Enhanced safety around the machine

  • Availability of several strategies to prevent collisions between the laser head and cut parts that may have toppled over: head lifting up, parabolic trajectory, cut part by-pass, or use of specific sequences minimizing risky passing over cut parts.
  • Height control to allow cutting near the sheet edge.

 

Eased handling in the workshop

  • Skeleton cutting management with various possible parameter settings to ease cut-off removal.
  • Part evacuation and sorting (palletization).
  • Hierarchical nesting according to priority groups to easily sort the parts during evacuation.
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