OMAX Corp. (Kent, Wash., USA), a provider of advanced abrasive waterjet solutions, and Spatial Corp. (Broomfield, Colo., USA), a provider of 3-D development components for manufacturing applications, have combined their technologies to create what is said to be an easy-to-use 3-D tool pathing solution. The new Intelli-CAMTM software tool for OMAX JetMachining Centers generates 3-D tool paths from solid 3-D models as well as quickly performs 3-D to 2-D file conversions.
Intelli-CAM incorporates Spatial’s 3D InterOp to import CAD files from a variety of 3-D sources, including CATIA, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Autodesk Inventor, Siemens NX, Pro/E, Creo and much more. Intelli-CAM then applies custom solutions from OMAX and Spatial such as the advanced AutoPath function or slice plane to convert the geometry into full 3D paths suitable for waterjet cutting, ensuring the most precise part in the least amount of time and with minimal operator involvement.
According to Carl Olsen, lead software engineer for OMAX Corp., Spatial’s 3D InterOp technology allows OMAX to provide extremely robust and proven 3-D file import capabilities to its JetMachining Center owners. “Our customers can now import practically any major 2-D or 3-D CAD drawing out there, which is especially beneficial to job shops because they often don’t know the original CAD system for a file,” he said. “Plus, they don’t have to purchase expensive CAD software filter packages.”
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