Virtek Vision International Inc. (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has released Virtek LaserEdge PLANNER version 1.0 specifically designed to meet customer needs by bridging the gap between engineering CAD designs and precision laser-assisted manufacturing processes. Import capabilities include neutral file formats (IGES and STEP), native CAD formats such as CATIA v4 and CATIA v5, as well as CSV, PLY, CAL and TXT support. The software also provides a full range of tools, designed to reduce or eliminate time-consuming and expensive shop floor tests. Simulation tools show the user exactly how the laser control file will execute on the shop floor and, based on the simulations, users can edit content and sequence details, create additional projection geometry or add non-projection elements to improve the overall build sequence.
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