New developments in the 2013 release of the sheet metal CAD/CAM software, Radan, provide considerably improved support for multi-tools, meaning they are much easier to use.
Radan General Manager Chris Aston says the traditional way of setting up multi-tools in the machine system data file is cumbersome and time-consuming. However, a major concept change in Radan 2013 provides considerable support for multi-tools. “We take the principle that a multi-tool is a tool, not a turret, which has implications as to how multi-tools are deployed by Radan and configured and manipulated by users. In Radan 2013 multi-tool configurations are deployed by taking the ‘variable (to buy)’ for the machine tool in question”.
“For example, a configuration for a Trumpf machine will have the definitions – the shape and number of stations – of all multi-tools the customer may purchase for their machine tool, without allocating it to a tool station at that time. This is less work-intensive and more flexible than the traditional system of always allocating a multi-tool to a station.” The combination of all enhancements in Radan 2013 provides greater automation while still giving the user manual options if required. It contains key enhancements to the navigational tools, increasing accessibility to functions; along with improved integration of Radband; and the addition of colour making it easier to identify parts, both pre and post production.
Chris Aston says: “Extensive research and ongoing development ensures Radan constantly enables users to gain the absolute maximum performance from their CNC machines and the CAM process for sheet metal, maintaining a competitive edge.”