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Product Focus 62 MoldMaking Technology —— AUGUST 2018 Software Platform Updates Provide Improved Functionality Version 2018 R2 of the Visi software platform from Vero Software provides a module for reverse engineering, along with improvements for CAD and CAM processes. The platform is useful for the mold and die market. The reverse engineering modules enable loading of a points cloud and the relative mesh created by setting different options for refining and smoothing. The platform contains almost 250 new items, including updates to direct- modeling capabilities that provide additional editing for both solids and surfaces. The Edit Face module provides the ability to edit solid bodies by moving or pulling selected faces. Concentric faces can be automatically selected and edited as well. Enhancements to both Surface Extension and Fill Holes enables the user to work directly on a solid body's faces and not just on the surfaces, which saves time. Toolpath Mirroring copies the current project, mirroring all its toolpath operations. This can be achieved on any two-axis, three-axis, 3+2-axis, four- axis or five-axis toolpath. Improved workplane management, improved face selection on solids, and new contextual toolbars are additional features. Workplane management eases use as a workplane is automatically orien- tated as soon as the desired face of a solid is selected during any operation. Updates to the faces selection tool enables matching faces to be selected by providing specific conditions such as planar, cylindrical and fillet face types, along with radius condition, orientation and colors. Vero Software, East, Level 3, Booth 133114 CAM Software Improves Workflow, Enables Machine Simulation Open Mind Technologies's HyperMill CAM software includes a range of fea- tures: greater blending capabilities, 3D-optimized roughing and finishing, global fitting, rotational abilities for CAD electrode applications and virtual machining simulation. Virtual machining enables real-time communication between the machine tool controller and a remote simulation, which improves workflow. For 3D Z-level Shape Finishing, the Automatic Face Extension capability can be used to extend selected mill- ing surfaces, which reduces the need to modify the milling faces in the CAD system. Barrel cutters can also be used for 3D Z-level Shape Finishing. 3D Optimized Roughing improves machining when using free tool geometries. The Maxx Machining finishing module enables the use of conical barrel cutter technology to reduce machining cycle times. It is suitable for planar, ruled and curved surfaces found in five-axis components. The module offers functions for finishing, roughing and drilling. Open Mind Technologies USA Inc., East, Level 3, Booth 133351 Drills Tackle Tough Materials, Flat Holes OSG USA's A-Drill series includes the Exocard AD, ADO, ADO-SUS and ADF drills. Suitable for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials, the Exocarb AD and ADO carbide drills are designed to provide high-point strength with low cutting force. EgiAs coating, which features high-wear and heat-resistance character- istics, contributes to extended tool life. A coolant-through option is available. The Exocarb ADO-SUS coolant-fed carbide drill features a coolant hole shape and tool geometry designed specifically for drilling difficult-to-machine materials like stainless steel and titanium. The Exocarb ADF carbide flat drill is designed to machine flat holes without a separate end mill. One-step drilling reduces machining time and eases tool management. It is designed for work on inclined surfaces and curved surfaces and can perform counterboring, eccentric-hole and thin-plate operations. OSG USA Inc., West, Level 3 & Annex, Booth 432080 CNC's Touchscreen Interface Contributes to Ease of Use The ProtoTrak RMX CNC from Southwestern Industries functions on ProtoTrak machines designed for toolroom applications. A touchscreen interface contributes to ease of use. The controller also delivers context-sensitive instructions as users require them. Bulleted text, diagrams and videos are available as well. Defaults enable users to teach the controller idiosyncratic programming and machining styles. The Auto Geometry Engine feature includes the Tap-to-Guess function, which enables users to tap a point on the on-screen drawing to approximate the beginning, end or center of a geometry. Adaptive Machining enables users to increase the metal removal rate by 500 percent or more, the company says, through the selection of programming options. Trak Machine Tools, South, Level 3, Booth 338032 September 10-15, 2018 / Chicago, IL

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