Modern Machine Shop

JAN 2018

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SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE MMS JANUARY 2018 132 The latest edition of Visi CAD/CAM by Vero Software features several time-saving features and upgrades. The 2.5-Axis Pocketing strategy is designed to improve toolpath quality, optimize tool paths on open features and enable machining from a stock model. When the stock model is defined, the strategy can identify the areas where it is necessary to remove the material and adapt the tool path to produce passes only when they are needed. The 2.5-Axis Waveform strategy (previously avail- able in 3D roughing) maintains constant tool cutting load, constant cutting feed rate and a smooth tool path which avoids sharp changes in direction to enable high-speed machining. The Re-machining strategy, based on the software's Pocketing functionality, automatically achieves rest area recognition based on the reference operations. A residual stock algorithm is used for 2D and 3D operations and the dynamic incremental stock command. This ensures con- sistent toolpath quality regardless of the operation type. | Vero Software 248-356-8800 | Collaborative Robot Software Provides Real-Time Data The version 5.2 expansion of Rethink Robotics' Intera software platform provides manufacturers with real-time data insights with its Sawyer collaborative robots. The product gives operators and line manag- ers data at a glance, including cycle time, part count, speed and force. The Insights feature displays key performance indicators via a customizable dashboard on the robot's onboard display, so it is accessible on the factory floor. The same charts are also fed back to the Studio platform, providing visibility to other members of the team. The feature is designed to help drive informed production decisions and save time and money by eliminating the need to invest in or create another data collection system. The release also includes additions to Sawyer's vision capabilities, giving manufacturers the option to integrate an external camera. This enables them to optimize cycle time with improved vision or leverage in-house vision systems. Intera 5.2 will be available for download on all existing Sawyer robots and will come standard on all new robots. | Rethink Robotics Inc. 617-500-2487 | CAD/CAM Strategies Save Time

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