Major VISI Modelling developments include a new tool to manage multiple instances of the same geometry, component revision management, new surface modelling tools, tolerance application for drilling, enhanced tool/motion kinematics and updated CAD translators.
The development focus for VISI Mould and VISI Progress was aimed at improving process safety and also increasing the speed for managing large component models, including an updated Param-NG standard component engine to optimize 3D tool design.
VISI 21 introduces a new GUI and completely new 2.5D milling strategies based on the well-known, powerful Hybrid Technology (HM strategies). A new ‘complex feature’ routine allows the user to choose the processing geometry for a feature has a complex form on the side wall / island / pocket.
An updated GUI, improved point distribution and toolpath accuracy (by 'smooth movements') means the dynamics of the machine tool itself makes full use of the software improvements to ultimately produce shorter cutting times and a better surface finish.
To complete the new 2D and 3D CAM, development of a NC simulator provides the user with an accurate virtual representation of the cutting process of the component before it is made on the machine. For real NC code verification there is an additional G-code option available.
VISI 21 incorporates many new Wire EDM features including "Smart" operations to quickly create the simplest NC-code by analysing the upper and lower contours of a feature and applying the most efficient toolpath. In addition to the new toolpath functionality, the new Agie Charmilles HMI control is now fully supported.