RADAN Latest Release 2014
Import and Export
Import and export of many of the supported 3D file formats are now done using a common translation technology. This will make it easier in future releases to keep the software up to date with the latest file format versions. It also improves the software's ability to extract material details for setting the part's Manufacturing Properties.
This version of the software supports import of CATIA V5 R23, Creo Parametric version 2, Inventor 2013, Parasolid version 25, SolidWorks 2013, and Unigraphics NX 8.5 files.
There is a powerful new facility to automate the process of unfolding 3D parts and enter them to the nest parts list. Simply clicking a new button in the 3D toolbar will unfold all the parts in the current assembly and its sub-assemblies, using default settings for new developments. If any part fails to unfold then a warning is shown, to allow you to investigate the problem. Parts that are not required for nesting can easily be excluded.
Patterns in Splitter Window
The Patterns and Patterns List dialogs have been replaced by a Patterns panel in the right-hand splitter window. The Patterns button in the main toolbar now shows or hides that panel. A number of different views of the drawing's pattern structure are available, including a Tree view. The context menu (on the right mouse button) and buttons above the panel provide all the same functions as were in the old dialogs. Most of these functions apply to the patterns that are currently selected in the panel.
Special Geometry Properties
In Part Drafting mode, if you are working with an unfolded 3D part that has bend lines, a Special Properties panel is shown in the right-hand splitter window. The panel lists the bends that are present in the part. When you select one or more bends in the panel, those lines are drawn normally in the graphics while the remainder of the part is dimmed.
Scrap Cuts in Apertures
For profiling machines, automatic tooling can now add scrap cuts in the apertures of parts. This offers an alternative to tagging for pieces of part scrap that are at risk of tipping. Both horizontal and vertical scrap cuts may be added, with a lead-in for each cut.
Cluster or Gang Tools
For punching machines, automatic tooling can now use cluster tools for punching groups of holes simultaneously.
Common Cut Parts
For punching machines, support for common line cutting has been improved when using automatic tooling on a nest. Specifically, mid-line tags are now created correctly in common cuts.
For punching machines, you may now force autotooling to place a mid-line tag at a particular position in a common cut by marking the desired location.
Asymmetric Wheel Tools
Asymmetric wheel tools are now better supported in manual tooling. The available types of wheel tool now have customizable template graphics for drawing the tool symbols.
The Sheet Scrapping and Offcuts dialog may now be used to add scrap cuts and offcuts to non-rectangular sheets, and to sheets that have holes.
Common Line Cutting
Options for common line cutting in the Multi-Part Nesting dialog, which were formerly available for profiling machines only, are now available for punching machines as well.
In manual nesting, the 'Common cut' checkbox is now available when placing parts in the nest both for punching machines and for profiling machines. The Clearances for Manual Nesting dialog allows the common cut gap width to be changed.
New status icons inform the user of outstanding tasks when nesting and preparing parts, making the workflow in RADAN more intuitive and improving the efficiency by automating obvious tasks.
Graphics and User Interface
When preparing an NC program in RADAN 2014, the user is assisted by updated graphics and new visibility modes which greatly increase efficiency and feedback. Changes in settings are immediately reflected in the current view giving greater security for complex programs and a more intuitive interface for new and occasional users.
Further changes give a more ‘friendly’ appearance to detailed information, further allowing easier adaptation of the software.
Making full use of the improved graphics, the new simulation mode allows detailed investigation of the cutting sequence, as well a quick and fluent overall overview of how the sheet will be processed.
New technology in RADAN 2014 ensures run time estimates from new and re-configured existing postprocessors to achieve a significantly higher accuracy than was possible before.
The program that installs the software onto server and client computers has been replaced.