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Highly Intuitive 2D Drawing Tool For CNC Cutting Machines

Highly Intuitive 2D Drawing Tool For CNC Cutting Machines

Known as NUMcad, the new drawing software runs directly from the machine’s operator panel and also under Windows on any standard PC. Its user interface mimics that of many popular CAD packages and is highly intuitive, making it ideal for people with minimal design experience.


CNC specialist NUM has launched a unique 2D drawing tool that simplifies the design and creation of executable G-code files for CNC cutting machines. NUMcad is suitable for both design origination and design modification.

Simple drawing tools are provided for functions such as Line, Polyline, Arc 2P and Arc Center-Radius; and they are backed by a suite of editing tools such as Meet Two Lines, Shrink or Extend – and even Insert Micro-joint – which enables users to very easily customize and modify shapes. If a user already has a CAD file and wishes to modify it, NUMcad allows AutoCad DXF files to be imported. And in the event that the user does not have a DXF file, but has created the shape on the CNC cutting machine itself, NUMcad also allows this shape to be imported from their customizable parametric shapes library.

The NUMcad software package includes a post processor; shapes or patterns that have been drawn or imported can be automatically converted into an executable G-code file for the CNC cutting machine.

Using NUMcad, each segment of a cut can be set to rapid, marking, rough, medium or fine cut qualities, to achieve the user’s desired finish; the properties associated with the cut type are pulled from a Technology Table. Both standard shape and custom fly cutting functionalities are available, and associated functions include the ability to control the cut-side placement (kerf compensation) and tilt angle of the machine’s cutting nozzle. Nesting gives the user the option to create complex paths containing the same pattern. With settings like nesting type, number of pieces, sheet size, and scaling, the user can create a path that is sized and optimized to their liking. The added alignment settings allows the shapes to be rotated and offset for the minimization and optimization of uncut space–that could turn into scrap.

Much of the application development work behind NUMcad was carried out by the North American branch of NUM, which is based in Naperville, Illinois. According to Steven Schilling, General Manager of NUM Corporation, “We serve a large number of customers in the machine cutting industry, and wanted to create a software tool that would benefit as many people as possible. NUMcad meets this objective–it provides an exceptionally easy way to design or modify G-code files for 2D cutting applications.

Go to NUM CNC Solutions – North America website

References of Content:
[1] Press Release of NUM at FABTECH 2021
[2]
Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
[3]
AutoCAD is a registered trademark or trademark of Autodesk, Inc.

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Siemens Adds Augmented Reality To Solid Edge 2020

Siemens Adds Augmented Reality To Solid Edge 2020

Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Solid Edge 2020, the upgraded version of Solid Edge, features new functions such as augmented reality, expanded validation tools, model-based definition, and 2D Nesting. With these new functions, the software provides small and medium-sized manufacturing companies with next generation technologies to enhance collaboration and fully digitalise the design-to-manufacturing process.

Solid Edge 2020 delivers new augmented reality capabilities that enable users to visualise design intent in new ways, enabling enhanced collaboration internally, as well as with suppliers and customers during the design process. New and powerful validation tools have been integrated for conducting motion and vibration simulation, which can help customers reduce costly prototypes.

The addition of Model Based Definition enables customers to completely define parts, assemblies and manufacturing instruction digitally from their 3D model. 2D Nesting capabilities have also been added to optimise cutting patterns, reduce waste and costs, and accelerate manufacturing processes. Solid Edge 2020 also delivers hundreds of core CAD enhancements such as new sheet metal capabilities, almost 10x faster large assembly performance, new data migration tools, and others across the portfolio. These enhancements help facilitate a software application that is easy-to-use, deploy and maintain while also helping advance all aspects of the product development process.

“The new Model Based Definition offering for Solid Edge 2020 is exactly what we need,” said Daniel Froehlich, PLM Business Manager, Standardisation Department for Eagle Burgmann. “Not only will it help us go paperless, it’s a huge step toward moving to a completely digital environment. Using our digital model to create 3D PDFs will let us share our designs without having to create extra drawings.”

“The latest enhancements to the Solid Edge portfolio can help small to medium-sized manufacturers digitalise their entire product development process from end-to end,” said John Miller, Sr. Vice President, Mainstream Engineering at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “We continue to work on providing an advanced portfolio of affordable and easy-to-use tools to help our customers with their digital transformation, so they can reduce costs and accelerate product delivery.”

 

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