Despite the massive growth in laser cutting over the last thirty years, punching-nibbling remains a major sheet metal technology, all the more so since the machines have become considerably more complex to meet the productivity needs of the industry. The almaCAM Punch software is a perfect fit for the specificities of punching-nibbling. It is a highly automated, very high performance CAD/CAM solution, producing numerous varied parts on demand. It interfaces with all types of punching-nibbling machines, combined machines and the associated loading/unloading machines.
Punching-nibbling is a process that removes the material by making holes (classic punching) or by cutting inner or outer profiles by means of multiple punching strokes (nibbling). This process combines forward movement of the sheet that is being cut with vertical movement of the cutting tool. The sheet moves under the press containing the tool.
Punching-nibbling is suitable for thin sheets (up to 3 mm), and makes it possible to deform the material (eyes, small folds, stamped parts, threading, etc.). With the same field of activities as laser cutting, but not suitable for complex shapes, this process is faster and more economical for producing simple shapes and multiple holes. In addition, the capacity to include an unloading system makes it possible to completely automate the manufacturing process.
almaCAM Punch’s added value in punching-nibbling technology lies mainly in the software’s powerful automation (tool allocation, machining sequence, nesting, part evacuation, etc.). This makes almaCAM Punch a highly productive solution for on-demand production of numerous and varied parts. The software manages all the loading/unloading peripheral systems. It is also perfect for combined machines.
– automatic tool allocation according to the configurable preferences;
– automatic positioning of micro-junctions according to part dimensions;
– hole geometry identification for automatic punch strikes allocation using any kind of tools;
– automatic notching of various shapes and corners,
– automatic evacuation (trapdoor, lift) according to part size.