Vero Software will release VISI 20, with major graphic enhancements like the ability to fast-view a file before opening, allowing pan and zoom functionality. Other enhancements incorporate improved rendering, programmable command widget and the ability to show locked elements using a different graphical representation (light wireframe and light shading).
The wide range of significant CAD enhancements introduce a new 'collaboration mode' allowing multiple users to work on the same project dataset. Other improvements include the ability to assign constraints to geometrical bodies (Concentric, Parallel, Coincident, Distance, etc.) providing the tools to simulate the real movement of tooling and check for collisions. In addition, CAD translators have been updated to include support for Solid Works and Solid Edge assemblies, and support for PTC Creo and JTopen B-rep entities.
VISI 20 represents another major release with significant CAM developments. One innovation is the ability to distribute the toolpath computation onto different machines connected to the same private network. This technology uses 'distributed computing' where the computers interact with each other to achieve a common goal. Each goal is divided into many tasks, each of which is solved by one computer connected to the network. The main advantages are that the combination of slave computers can produce a similar computing resource to a multi-processor, super-computer and keep the master PC free from heavy calculations. A typical benchmark project for a mold cavity could easily consist of 30-40 complex toolpath operations. The ability to share the computing processes across the network is a unique advantage, producing massive time savings and vital cost savings for the end user.
New toolpath algorithms include an innovative hybrid roughing strategy, improved auto rest machining, new multi-axis flank milling and new multi-axis roughing machining. The new roughing strategy is based on hybrid machining technology that allows the system to massively reduce the rapid moments, avoid tool plunging into material, optimize stepover in excess of 50 percent and propagate high speed transitions and movements avoiding feed reduction while machining.
The new multi-axis flank milling is a strategy developed especially to cover all issues related to machining fluid parts for turbo-engines or aeronautical parts. The flank milling is optimized to produce the target surface with only one cut, using the whole flute length of the tool. The new multi-axis roughing is a strategy that allows the user to create 5-axis roughing toolpaths on triangle meshes using different cutting patterns.
Other CAM developments include improved collision control, a new feature recognition engine, support for additional tooling (barrel cutters, convex tip cutters, radiused chamfer cutters and radiused dove cutter) and a new 'dynamic incremental stock' (DIS) command that automatically creates the stock model from the uncut material of the previous operations -- to be used as reference for subsequent milling operations.
VERO will be at IMTS 2012 in Booth E-3114.