The latest version of Hexagon’s AlphaCAM software helps to significantly reduce the time required to quote and process jobs by breaking multi-body solid models into individual components and batch processing assemblies, according to the company.
Part features, such as faces and holes, are automatically identified and parts automatically nested according to material types and thicknesses. Further automation is used to generate the G-code required to cut parts using computer-numerical control machinery, as well as the reports needed to communicate job details to machine operators, the company explained in a statement.
“Automating as many repetitive, time-consuming, error-prone and tedious tasks as possible helps make every step of the production process faster,” said Justin Beamish, Hexagon’s technical product manager. “The greater your ability to quickly put solid models to work, the less time employees spend extracting usable job information from design files. Using data more efficiently means that woodworkers can spend less time in the planning phase while devoting valuable time to other tasks.”
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