The latest release of VISI software
includes a boost for reverse engineering, along with a range of new and enhanced CAD/CAM functions for the mould and die market.
As part of a larger synergy project for reverse engineering and casting, VISI 2019 R1 introduces an extended direct interface to multiple portable measuring arms and laser trackers from Hexagon. This, together with the enhanced dedicated module, provides a reverse engineering solution, as well as the ability to generate casting and stock models from VISI’s existing modelling and machining environment.
VISI Product Manager Marco Cafasso says it means that a points cloud can be loaded either directly or indirectly, and the relative mesh can be created by setting different options for refining and smoothing. “Also, surfaces can be created automatically or semi-automatically by extracting different key geometrical references from the refined mesh. And scan data, stock or reference casting mesh models can easily be aligned to the original geometrical CAD model using dedicated commands to allow comparisons, gap analysis and optimised toolpath processes.”
Ejector pin labelling for plastic mould design
The new ejector pin labelling functionality, which has been specifically produced for plastic mould designers, enables all the ejector pins in a mould design project to be identified in a table by a user-defined label. “This feature simplifies the maintenance process of the mould itself where one or more ejector pins need to be replaced. It easily identifies any ejector pin for maintenance purposes, and updates it if it needs replacing.”
Conformal cooling channels for plastic mould design
VISI 2019 R1 introduces a function for advanced sketching of conformal cooling channels. It allows the use of wireframe circuits, previously created in CAD, along with selecting predefined or user sections, and automatically creates the conformal channels to form the desired cooling circuit. “It’s also possible to edit those channels, even after subtraction from the mould insert,” says Marco Cafasso. “All the information defined on the conformal cooling during the design phase are automatically managed by VISI Flow’s thermal analysis. And the Flow thermal analysis itself has also been enhanced to provide a graphical temperature display on a dynamic section on the inserts.” The result is a simplified process and time saving of the mould design and Flow analysis.
Pressure pad management for progressive die design
The blanking process has been enhanced, to set the faces on the model affected by the pressure pad, by simply defining the relative force to apply. This allows the material to flow, based on the applied force on the pressure pad.
He says users can also set constraints to simulate the effect of a uniformly distributed blank holder force. “In fact, it’s possible to define a friction value and the force value to be applied for the blanking phase. This leads to a more accurate blanking process, which gives additional support to the user during the design phase of the die.”
About Vero Software
Headquartered in England, Vero Software designs, develops, and supplies CAD/CAM/CAE software radically enhancing the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, providing its customers with exceptional value through high productivity gains and significantly reducing time to market. The company’s world-renowned brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, SURFCAM, WorkNC and VISI, along with the ERP/MRP systems Javelin and WorkPLAN. Despite the diversity of application, these solutions have one thing in common: they all address the rising challenges of achieving manufacturing efficiencies and bring huge value to the operations in which they are deployed.
Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network.
Vero is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries.
Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 21,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.