VISI 16 includes an updated user interface and enhancements to the CAD for electrode design, surface creation, annotation and product documentation for concurrent design. VISI Mold includes improved cooling circuit design; assembly explode management; and an integration with VISI Flow. This feature enables mold and component designers to base their design principles using the integrated flow analysis to detect potential manufacturing issues before committing to the tool manufacturing process. According to the company, it also provides the maximum time frame for a corrective solution, which is made possible through an integrated CAD/CAM/CAE analysis.
VISI Progress, for 3D progressive die design is enhanced with non linear edges; bending management outside of the parametric tree; blanking with constraint edge mapping; strip enhancements; and a new feature manager.
VISI Machining is said to be improved in the realms of automated machining using automatic feature recognition techniques directed towards automatic plate machining. “Compass” technology allows the user to define a number of rules that link specific geometry with a sequence of predefined operations/parameters. This allows a company to implement adaptable toolpath strategies and cutting parameters to virtually any geometric model, the company says. Other features are said to include high speed milling techniques within 2D toolpaths; improved drilling cycles; enhanced 3+2 management; an updated 3D toolpath engine; and a new tooling library.
PEPS 7 features additions in PEPS Wire (rotary axis support; enhanced wireframe simulation; multiple workpieces; support for twin wire machines; direct editing of the cutting setup pages), PEPS Pentacut/Tubecut (simplified user interface; optimized rapid moves; body-to-body transform) and PEPS 2D Laser (add OpenGL support, enhanced simulation).
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