CAD/CAM Software

CAD/CAM and the Smart Factory

Integrated sheet metal fabrication software is moving far beyond nesting and production functions to step into Industry 4.0 management of end-to-end data flow and business administration tasks.
CAD/CAM Software: Articles

When Less Is More

One nesting approach that reduces scrap material is to leverage the optimal strategy for various combinations of parts and quantities to deliver highly efficient nests, continuously seeking the best strategy for the available parts as the nest is built. Nesting operations can be performed rapidly by using multi-threading technology that draws on the numerous processors in the personal computer to work on different tasks simultaneously. (First view)
The automation behind CAM nesting software helps shops become more competitive by reducing non-cutting time and doing more with less. Here are some of the latest nesting software advances and proven ways to use them to help your shop operate more efficiently and further reduce costs.

M is for Impact

In one shop, advanced nesting software reduced scrap by three percent, material drops from 130 to 10 (in some cases down to zero), and bridges with ERP/MRP systems through an on-line data transaction management system to automatically track work orders and inventory, saving over two hours of manpower per shift with a 30-40 percent increase in production without adding personnel or machinery.
Advanced CAD/CAM nesting software enables fabricators to become more competitive by making the greatest impact in these five process areas of profitability.

Little Options, Big Difference

Because Advanced Metal Components performs both static and dynamic nesting, Radan nesting customization features allow the programmer to designate the amount of time spent creating dynamic nests. Options within the software signal alerts not to spend any more than two, four, ten, or however many minutes to maximize a sheet. (First view)
The inherit flexibility of this CAM nesting software allows a job shop to not only program all of the different machine tools on their shop floor, but manually manipulate the options as needed to meet a wide variety of changing demands.

Using Software To Better Run Your Shop

2D blanks for cutting and bending are produced from 3D designs by using the bending factors and punching tool data gathered from the punching and bending programming software. Numerous 3D interfaces also make it possible to unfold different 3D designs, including those received from customers or an engineering department. 
In today’s manufacturing environment, software has evolved. No longer designed for simple NC code and nesting parts for the best material utilization, it has become an increasingly useful and necessary tool for any production facility. Look for software modules which can be tailored to your needs and can create an ideal interaction between machine, control system, and production software. 

Project Nesting: The New Ideal for Small Job Shops

The shop previously ran just one product or one kit of parts on a sheet, and all for the same customer. They hardly used to mix and match at all. Now the shop might have five sheets comprising different nests of different parts for different customers.
They can manufacture parts for customers across a range of industrial sectors at any one time, including medical, commercial vehicles, leisure, electronics and agricultural.
This engineering subcontractor explains how CAD/CAM project nesting technology has changed his life and completely revolutionized the way his job shop increased its workload capacity.


CAD/CAM Software: Industry News

Lantek Partners with Air Liquide Welding

Francisco Perez, Lantek Systems “This partnership fits well with both companies' stated objectives of building long-term technical partnerships and win-win strategic alliances. We have an extensive distribution network covering customers in over 100 countries and have our own offices in 15 countries, so this maps well with their distribution network, which will enable us to deliver the best sales and training solutions together, irrespective of the location of the customer."
Lantek sheet metal CAD/CAM software now drives Air Liquide plasma and oxy-fuel cutting systems.

SigmaTEK Opens Office in Thailand

The office in Phuket province will serve as headquarters for the Southern Asia and Australia regions.

Lantek Reaches Milestone

Lantek headquarters in Miñano. The company has consolidated its global presence in market sectors that include industrial machinery, shipyards, automotive industry, tool welding, metal construction, iron and steel, elevators, air conditioning, metallic furniture and distribution.
There are now 16,000 manufacturers that rely on their sheet metal software solutions.


CAD/CAM Software: Products

Advanced Sheet Metal CAD/CAM Capabilities

The new SigmaNEST X1 Dynapack-HD nesting engine from SigmaTEK handles multi-sheet nesting tasks as a hub or cockpit from which to integrate multiple machines, optimize production schedules, reduce scrap, and shorten cycle time through smart machine programming.

A Tool for Every Job

Luterbach uses JETCAM Expert Premium with free-form nesting and built-in collision avoidance logic to program this TRUMPF Trumatic 600L punch/laser combination machine. The software significantly reduces waste materials and can be set up to automatically avoid forms and clamps, either by lifting the head over the area or avoiding the area altogether. Once set, no further interaction is required by the programmer as the logic is applied automatically. (First view)
A review of some of the latest metal fabrication software solutions now available to job shops, contract manufacturers and metal service centers that need help with design, job quoting, reverse engineering, production operations, inspection and more.

CAD/CAM Software Creates More Compact Nests

Radan 2015 automatically calculates the thicknesses of imported redesigned parts to unfold them faster and more accurately. Users can manually specify the top face much earlier in the programming process to ensure that the visible face of a part remains scratch-free.
Radan 2015 from Vero Software spreads parts more evenly throughout the sheet, better utilizes the middle of the sheet, and automatically applies rectangular nesting for nearly-rectangular parts to maximize the sheet.