The Numroto Draw function allows users to simulate precise details of tools prior to production, or to confirm the ground geometry of a tool as part of the delivery process. The developer also indicated the software will be popular with tool resharpening companies, who can use it to provide customers with documentation of their work, before or after it is complete.
“Our software is extremely popular with tool manufacturers and resharpening companies,” offered NUM Numroto group R&D head Patrick Schmid, who described more than 3,000 installations for more than 50 different machine types. “Numroto Draw is the latest technological milestone in the evolution of tool grinding software. By effectively automating product documentation, it will help users accelerate production verification, aid quality control, and lead to faster order delivery.”
Most currently available product documentation software for multi-axis tool grinding are relatively simple drawing generators, generally limited to a single type of tool, such as a drill, and present information as parameterized drawings. While these are adequate for documenting the outer geometry of a tool, they do not show the precise cross-sectional details of a complex, ground geometry.
Numroto Draw works by integrating the drawing functions with the multiple data sources in the core Numroto software. A drawing is derived directly from the same data source as the CNC program, ensuring there is no ambiguity in the process. Using data that defines the spatial course of the tool’s cutting edge, the software automatically calculates all dimensions that require presentation and then generates the appropriate drawing. If any of the dimensions do not meet a customer’s requirement, they can be amended very easily.
In addition, if the Numroto program also includes the grinding wheel data, Numroto Draw can process this information to create 3D details and integrate them with the drawing. 3D details can be represented as color images or as wire frame models, and provide an extremely accurate portrayal of the tool’s profile or cross-sectional geometry between or at any position(s) along its length.
Drawings created in Numroto Draw are fully editable. Users can structure header information to suit a customer’s requirements, and the tool designation can be taken directly from the Numroto database. A separate table showing a tool’s main parameters can be created either by the user or adapted from one of the program templates, and populated using values from the Numroto database. The documentation (which can be structured to occupy several pages if desired) also may include a graphical representation of the grinding wheel pack, together with a table containing information about each wheel, such as its diameter, width and grinding angle.
The CNC software developer stated that Numroto Draw function helps to shorten the sampling process. Customers of tool-grinding companies often describe their requirement for a new tool vocally, with the help of hand-drawn sketches. After creating a CNC program for the tool-grinding machine, the company then grinds a sample tool. At that point any necessary revisions to the design become apparent, and the process is often highly iterative.
Using Numroto Draw, companies can now present customers with a drawing showing the precise grindable geometry of the tool very early in the development cycle. A 3D model can be created, so the customer can view the proposed tool from various perspectives. Any design changes can be implemented immediately, prior to grinding a sample tool, accelerating the process and minimizing costs and scrap.
NUM also reported enhancements to other Numroto capabilities. The number and type of measurements that can be performed during grinding operations has been extended significantly. Typically, operators can maintain tolerances to within ±3 microns, even when producing a wide range of tools that may involve as many as 15 different measurements. Also, the software now features an XML data interface, so tool geometry parameters such as length, diameter, rake angle, relief information and many others can be exported for use in other programs, or imported from a customer’s database to shorten the design-to-production path.