TDM Systems offers version 4.6 of its TDM tool and resource management software, equipped with new 3D generators, graphic converters and improved CAM simulation. Version 4.6 offers a “data downloader” for Walter tools and a “tool loader” for tools from other manufacturers to ensure the required speed when populating the database. Along with the master data, users can access the simulation data as 2D and 3D graphics. A 3D-Revolve generator for rotationally symmetric tools and a 3D graphics converter for CAM systems accelerate process simulation and collision analysis. Models can be saved as STEP files and do not need to be regenerated. Using the 2D data and “tool contour generator,” the contour of the tool is generated and rotated with the “3D-revolve” generator to create a simulation-ready 3D solid model. According to the company, simulated 3D models are more exact and realistic than pure parametric models.
The TDM Machine Tool Manager is integrated in the base module for version 4.6. The software add-on automatically compares the tool requirements for a production order with the tool stock already available on the machine. The NC program creates a tool list, and the software compares the current stock in the machine magazine to automatically create a picking list. The Machine Tool Manager can also pick the required equipment including clamping and measuring devices.
A series of TDM Global Line modules are available for managing tool items, tool assemblies and tool lists, as well as tool crib entries spread across remote locations. Users can update and maintain tool data live in the system from anywhere, the company says. Modules will be available as add-ons from version 4.6 on.
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