JETCAM today announced the launch of version 19 of its Expert CAD/CAM and nesting software, featuring several major new features and hundreds of improvements across the software. Several new features focus around nesting. Multi-sheet nesting takes advantage of JETCAM’s powerful high-performance nesting module to nest parts across multiple sheets at a time, drastically improving overall material efficiency while taking less time to generate the nests. Both the standard free form and high performance nesters now also can nest punching parts to be common cut — again improving material efficiency and reducing machine runtime. Automatic turret nesting works across all of JETCAM’s nesting modules to take the turret loading into consideration when nesting, ensuring that nests are always able to run on the machine based on the loaded tools.
There have been dozens of advancements for JETCAM’s new user interface, with the most notable relating to importing of CAD files and orders. Users can drag and drop a CAD file (e.g., DXF) directly onto the main component screen. In the orders lists users can drag/drop one or more JETCAM component files for ordering. In-grid editing allows quick modification of quantities if required, or alternatively the user can specify a single quantity for all during importing.
Automatic Generic Sucker Placement can be applied during the automatic tooling process. This functionality is used to specify the pickup location on the part for machines that have a robot unloading device.
V19 includes hundreds of other enhancements within the core product, additional modules and postprocessors. Nine new postprocessors were also added, covering Mazak, Messer Griesheim, Sonderhoff, Komo, Pierce, Vector, Accumax, Umbra and Dardi CNC machines. The update is available free of charge to customers with a current maintenance contact.
JETCAM has also launched an online video training center — ‘JETCAM University’ — which is available free of charge to all customers. There are several courses, covering core JETCAM products, with each course divided into categories, and each video taking only a few minutes to watch. The university keeps track of where the user has watched up to, serving the next video when they log in again. A keyword search facility is also available, allowing them to find tutorial videos on specific issues. Learn more at www.jetcam.com