Renishaw FixtureBuilder 8.0 Reduces Set-Up Times
FixtureBuilder 8.0 from Renishaw enables users to design metrology fixturing set-ups without having to use coordinate measuring machines and other inspection devices.
Renishaw has released FixtureBuilder 8.0, the latest version of its 3D fixture modeling software. The software enables users to design metrology fixturing set-ups without having to use coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and other inspection devices, reducing set-up time and increasing productivity. Users can import CAD models of parts, then export the entire fixturing set-up, along with the new part, into inspection programming software.
In FixtureBuilder 8.0, users can model fixtures that use the Renishaw QuickLoad rail system, which is used on CMMs and designed to provide a secure workholding position when used in conjunction with QuickLoad base plates. These are attached to the rail on either side using quick-release magnets and location pins. The interchangeable design of the rail and plates maximizes the machine operator’s ability to inspect and release parts swiftly.
The software also now supports metrology tables, M12 fixtures, ¼-20 fixtures and many other new fixturing components, providing users with access to a wide range of fixturing components in the software’s library.
An improved mechanism mode provides real-life movement and collision detection with increased precision, resulting in faster fixture set-ups. Exporting the fixture model into inspection software has become faster and easier in the new version as well, making the inspection programming process more streamlined.
In addition to supporting Parasolid, STEP, ACIS, STL, IGES and many other file formats, FixtureBuilder 8.0 allows users to import and export the latest versions of these 3D CAD file formats.
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