Oct 21, 2014 -- Major enhancements in the forthcoming release of VISI 21, from Vero Software, will be on display for the first time in Germany at the Euromold Exhibition in Frankfurt (25.11.2014 - 28.11.2014, Hall 8, Stand K70). Due to be released Mid-November, VISI 21 includes 340+ product enhancements and a continued emphasis on intelligent solutions for mould making and stamping die industries.
Updated CAD developments include a new process for managing multiple instances of the same geometry within an assembly. For example, multi-insert moulds and dies can now be managed with a single ‘master’ part which will automatically update all references of the same geometry if any part modification is required. Importantly, standard catalogue components will also be managed by the multi-instance technology. The forthcoming release also includes motion study simulation tools allowing the user to define timelines which control the movement for various groups of components. The physical interaction of model geometry can be detected and the results of complex mechanisms simulated and investigated - ideal when validating the tool design and checking for potential collisions with slides, cams and lifters.
Other CAD highlights include Part Revision Management, where it is now possible to manage model changes after they have been released to manufacture. A revision history is automatically created when a model has been released with the model geometry automatically locked. Any change to a released model will create a copy of the data and update the revision number; providing a history track and ensuring part manufacture is always up to date.
VISI 21 represents a release with significant CAM focus, including a fresh new look to the CAM Navigator, command consolidation, and new dialogue box consistency within all milling operations, dramatically simplifying toolpath generation. Feature tree grouping, management of multiple setups/features along with drag & drop capabilities within the tree, make the feature list and navigation extremely efficient. All features in the tree can be moved, edited, mirrored, and with a new dedicated “undo” mechanism for CAM, user mistakes can be easily rectified.
Version 21 introduces the next generation of CAM toolpaths for VISI machining. As with the GUI, 2D milling operations have been consolidated and include a host of new options. A new ‘complex feature’ allow the users to define geometry to machine that have a complex side wall and island wall section shape. Typically requiring 3D strategies, the new ‘complex feature’ means that standard 2D operations can be applied. Re-machining on a 2D toolpath is another highlight, where a simple milling operation now bases all the re-machining on the previous operation. This means that all the correct areas are machined, even on the flat areas of the toolpath. Full collision checks on all lead-in and retract movements ensure 2D toolpaths are more efficient than ever.
The GUI layout for 3D milling operations now shares a similar format to that of the 2D CAM toolpaths. For example, the clearance area and oversize settings in the 3D operations will be in the same location as those in 2D operations, and vice versa. The overall quality of the surface finish is a major point for VISI 21 with significantly improved point distribution and enhanced accuracy. To complement the new 2D and 3D toolpath developments, a new G-code simulator provides users with an accurate virtual representation of the part, before committing it to the machine. The quality and accuracy of the model representation has been improved along with the number of axes that can be simulated. For true NC code checking, an extra option is available to simulate the real posted NC files from the toolpath. All the relevant G-codes, M-codes and moves are simulated against the real machine model to ensure that the NC file run on the machine will be 100% accurate.
Part of the Vero Software Group, VISI is acknowledged as one of the world's leading PC based CAD/CAM solutions for the Mould & Die industries. It offers a unique combination of applications, fully integrated wireframe, surface and solid modelling, and comprehensive 2D, 3D and 5 Axis machining strategies with dedicated high speed routines. Industry specific applications for plastic injection tool design, including material flow analysis and progressive die design with step-by-step unfolding, provide the toolmaker with unsurpassed levels of productivity. VISI offers dedicated solutions that eliminate the links between varying software suppliers and the solid-to-surface or CAD/CAM geometry conversions required by traditional systems.
Vero sells and supports its range of products through its direct offices in the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea and China, and through a comprehensive global reseller network across more than 45 countries.
Vero Software is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B; www.hexagon.com), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.