Hexagon has launched RADAN 2020.0. With user experience as a top priority, the new release of RADAN is set to make this leading CAD/CAM software for the sheetmetal industry easier to use than ever before. A further reduction in mouse clicks and improvements to nesting and reporting allows customers to see a real increase in efficiency, saving both time and costs.
The new quick nest mode in RADAN 2020.0 provides a more visual interface, with limited upfront setup for projects. And a redesigned new project dialog allows users to ‘get nesting quicker’. Time benefits can also be achieved with machine specific projects and templates.
As well as a quicker start to projects, it is also easier for users to pick up onprevious projects. The new streamlined mode benefits from reduced mouse travel and an autosave function so that work is never lost. The ease of use ensures the software is simple to learn and allows more complex projects to be completed efficiently.
Complex projects can also be achieved using the new punching tool type. Punching plays an important part of the manufacturing process, and he says customers are getting more creative with their tooling for punch presses, to set them apart from lasers. Now there’s a new tool type for flattening features in the tool editor.
Radtube sees further improvements to the popular common line cutting feature, added in the previous release.Users can now optimise the nest either by material usage or by cycle time. When optimising the cycle time, the nest starts looking for common cuts more aggressively.
Radtube reporting has also been improved to include QR codes, bar codes and images, making the recognition of parts simpler and more accurate. The reports can be outputted automatically and in the required format.
In this release, Radquote has been enhanced with many updates; a highlight being the new nesting engine for material calculations. This feature has the ability to increase the number of orders won due to its accurate and achievable estimates. As soon as a quote turns into an order, Radquote automatically exports all the information needed, in the form of a PDF file for records; for emailing to the customer as an order confirmation; or as data in CSV ortext format. This can be seamlessly linked to the company’s ERP/MRP system.
A new Radquote feature, Customer Specific Import Template, allows information such as DXFfiles to be automatically analysed according to the specific customer by setting up a template. “This can greatly improve the workflow, as without it, the file would need to be manipulated, which can be time consuming.
A default delivery time can also be added automatically to the quote along with a calculation for delivery costs based on a new ‘distance’ field for customer data.
Radbend now has additional monitoring in place which checks the unfold geometry in a number ofstages to ensure it is manufacturable. Olaf Körner product manager for RADAN explains: “For example, automatic checks can be carried out for holes too near to bends. Analysing the part, we can see whether the design is manufacturable in terms of whether any holes in the part are going to be deformed by the bending process.” Further checks have also been added to support intermediate bends, breaking down the process into two steps where needed, to ensure accurate results. Previously this could only be accomplished by physically changing the model and making different bends and stages; therefore this new function saves a considerable amount of time.
Overall RADAN 2020.0 benefits from further upgrades to workflow, increasing efficiency, saving time and optimising resources.
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