CLS 2011 R2 includes support for Customer Notifications. The different notification types and the frequency of delivery can be configured per user. The dialog also displays a history of recent messages
2D File Import:
2011 R2 now allows a list of layer names to be specified in DXF or DWG files. therefore if a layer in the DXF or DWG files matches an entry on the list then that individual layer can be brought across and converted. If none of the layers in the file match any entry in the list then all layers will be brought across and converted.
3D Part Unfolding
Optionally the behaviour of 3D unfolding in 2011 R2 can be altered. This change allows the user to have greater control over the unfolding process. Previously when unfolding a 3D part, if there were some bending parameters missing the software would silently calculate these in the background. 2011 R2 now gives the user the option to be warned of any missing parameters.
3D File Import
RADAN 2011 R2 welcomes the upgrade to the R21 ACIS Kernel. This upgrade enables RADAN to bring both the Catia V5 and Parasolid translators up to date, so R20 and version 22 will be used respectively. In addition to this files from Pro/E Wildfire 5 are also supported.
Below is an overview of the supported 3D file types:
- ACIS R21
- Autodesk Inventor 2011
- SolidWorks 2011
- Solid Edge v20
- Parasolid v22
- Catia V4 4.2.4
- Catia V5 R20
- Pro/Engineer Wildfire 5
- Unigraphics NX5
Exclusion of Parts, Sheets and Remnants:
To gain more control over specific parts and sheet sizes, the user can exclude specific items from automatic nesting. To ensure the users individual requirements are taken into account they have the ability to set "Priority Parts" .
Multi Part Symbols:
2011 R2 now has additional functionality that enables the nester to recognise and use multi part symbols. By allowing the nester to recognise multi part symbols 2011 R2 will ensure that the correct parts are being made in the correct amounts, it will recognise that they are individual parts rather than one large part, allowing the user greater flexibility and control over the nest and production as a whole.
2011 R2 provides the users with the ability to set rules within the system to ensure that maximum sheet utilisation is achieved. If required, the user can specify that remnants should be preferred over rectangular sheets in automatic nesting. In 2011 R2, a value can be applied to remnants, this value represents the maximum percentage which the user is prepared to sacrifice of the remnants when they are being directly compared to rectangular sheets
A new publish remnants button allows remnants to be published into a central folder. The user can decide whether or not to publish the remnants as soon as the nest has been created as opposed to waiting until the part has been produced. After the remnants have been released the nest project should not really change, if it is this could cause problems with remnants that have already been used. 2011 R2 will provide a warning if the nest is changed or someone attempts to delete it after the remnants have been published. The user can then see if the remnants have been claimed by another operative and take appropriate action
Machine Set up:
Improving machine set up time is an obvious way to save both time and money and RADAN software is no exception. 2011 R2 optimizes the tool selection, preventing unnecessary tool changes. In addition to this 2011 R2 increases users' flexibility when it comes to stacking parts. Previous RADAN releases would stop the machine tool from operating if the stack was going to get too high, in this release a notification system now alerts the operator to the fact that they will need to remove parts part way through production, but RADAN will let production continue.
There have been additional enhancements to the infrastructure of RADAN 2011 R2, such as:
- Upgrade to visual Studio 2010
- New ACIS Kernel