Alma has always supported development of tube cutting technology, and the associated innovations. Today it is possible to automatically control increasingly complex machines to cut tubes with standard or special sections, as well as all types of profiles. The almaCAM Tube software meets the specific needs of laser cutting, plasma cutting and oxy-cutting.
Technological breakthroughs over the last few years now make it possible to build highly automated, flexible tube cutting machines and robots, using increasingly sophisticated mechanisms: complex kinematics with multiple rotative axes, loading/unloading units, coupling and clamping systems, sensing units, etc. Other complex machines combine laser technology with mechanical operations such as conventional drilling, friction drilling, threading, countersinking or counterboring.
Different technologies such as laser, plasma and oxy-cutting are used to cut tubes and profiles with varied dimensions, geometries and thicknesses. Laser cutting combines speed, precision (+/- 0.2 mm) and burr-free cutting quality up to a thickness of approximately 20 mm, whereas plasma and oxy-cutting make it possible to cut thicker tubes at a lower cost.
The application fields for cutting tubes and sections are extremely varied: metal furniture, automobile industry, agricultural machinery, various consumer goods, and of course metal structural frameworks.
A specialized CAD/CAM software for tubes and sections facilitates design and preparation of parts and assemblies, whether this is for prototypes or mass production.
Given the investments required to install a system for cutting tubes and profiles, it makes no sense to penalize productivity with a programming software that is unsuitable or insufficiently automated. When you opt for the almaCAM Tube CAD/CAM software, which has already been installed on many machines and is capable of managing several cutting technologies, you are choosing an automated, effective and open-ended solution.