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New features for beam cutting and programming automation in act/tubes.

| 11/12/2013

In the latest software developments, the emphasis was laid on both beam cutting (the CAD import, 3D-geometry construction, cutting trajectories) and automation of  the programming process through the integration of a "batch" mode.

Focus on beam cutting

New features dedicated beam cutting are available in Tube Designer module since version 3.7 of act/tubes:

Import of 3D geometries: Real 3D geometries can be imported from the most common formats used in CAD system: IGES, STEP, SAT, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Solidworks, Catia, etc.  In such a case, the type of beam (I, L, T, and C) is automatically recognized along with its dimensions.

Import of IFC files: The IFC format allows describing a complete assembly of beams. Importing an IFC file allows importing the whole beam structure in just one click. Then, Tube Designer automatically regroups similar beams – this allows running the nesting function in order to produce the parts.

Import of DSTV files: The DSTV format, which allows describing real 3D parts face by face, is often used in the steel construction field.  When importing DSTV files, Tube Designer builds the 3D geometry from the face-by-face description contained in the DSTV file: the resulting 3D part can be visualized and modified if necessary.  

Creation of cutting trajectories: New algorithms have been developed to create the cutting trajectories on any type of beams (I, L, T, and C) and can be run directly from Tube Designer. These algorithms allow automatically computing the preparation of the beam from the 3D geometry, and take into account the constraints of the cutting technology, for example the maximum angle of cut. 

All these beam functions are available in act/tubes’s 3.7 version as options.


Batch function in Tube Designer

In case of mass production, the new batch function can automatically generate CN files. The user selects the desired nesting layouts and the application computes the whole sequence: a simulation step for collision detection is included and the machine characteristics (speed, acceleration, etc.) are taken into account. A log file containing warning information is generated at the end of the computation stage and allows checking the validity of the program.

The batch function is available in the act/cut 3.7 version as an option.

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