Flow International Corp. (Kent, Washington), a developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet machines for cutting applications, has announced FlowXpert 2016 waterjet machining software. FlowXpert is a CAD/CAM waterjet software platform for 3D pathing and cutting that allow users to work more effectively in 3D, with less complexity. The software integration was engineered in partnership with ANSYS SpaceClaim and is said to realize the full advantages of Flow’s more than 40 years of waterjet application expertise. Incorporating waterjet best practices — such as application tips, material cut speed knowledge, improved pathing algorithms, and expanded lead in/out customization — the program anticipates what steps are needed to provide a premier cut. Integration with the CAM Flow Sequencer module lets users design a part and path it in the same program. Modifying the geometry of a part is possible without losing the path, and the integration with Flow Sequencer will automatically update the path to accommodate the changes. FlowXpert 2016 will detect model and path errors and suggest fixes.
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