Radan 2017: New Changes for The Future Of Manufacturing Sheet Metal
Andrew Wheeler posted on December 15, 2016 | 5418 views

Radan 2017, created by England-based Vero Software, is the first step in the company’s attempt to change the CAD/CAM sheet metal manufacturing industries. With an emphasis on improving user experience for expert and novice users, this update promises to “reorganize how manufacturers will be using Radan in the future,” according to product manager Olaf Körner.

Körner and Vero Software are excited about the changes that have been made to allow Radmanager to create nests from different parts and different orders to minimize waste scrap. The process used to cut the parts will also be optimized by collecting data automatically and determining the best solution for production.

For example, a cut that would take a few minutes by laser could take up to two hours on a water jet. The upgraded algorithms allow for faster navigation and increased nesting. With updates to some old tools, the program has been designed with the intention of being a time-saving and dependable software for the manufacturing industry.

Improved graphics and frame rate speed allow for a more fluid 3D experience—even on a tablet, and switching between top, side or front views has been made seamless.

The Automatic Order Style Editor employs a simulation to improve upon the traditional text-based system used to communicate the path of the laser and accounts for floating scraps that are potential health and manufacturing hazards.

Nest projects are simple to create with templates. Navigating between projects has been improved in order to reduce redundant tasks that users previously experienced. Inside the software, multiple tools have been added or updated to increase productivity and efficiency.  

With the ability to manage the engineering of both 2D and 3D parts, Radmanager was designed to be a catch-all engineering system. Pick a part, any part. (Image courtesy of Vero Software.)
With the ability to manage the engineering of both 2D and 3D parts, Radmanager was designed to be a catch-all engineering system. Pick a part, any part. (Image courtesy of Vero Software.)
Radan Nest Editor allows you to edit a nest project, and navigating between projects got a bit easier. (Image courtesy of Vero Software.)

The profiling has been enhanced by improving autotooling routines used to place tags and for common cutting and clean cutting in scrap for the foil-cutting function. Radbend will now let users toggle between “Design” and “Result” values on holes and highlight areas where hole deformation might occur close to bends. Touchpoint TruBend, a multi-touch technology, will also be supported and gives industrial control to users, “as all Trumpf press brakes will move to this state-of-the-art controller.”

The increased control given to the user is just another step in the eyes of Körner. He believes that they are on their way to achieving great heights in automation by following the direction they’ve taken with the latest release of Radan. 


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