RADAN Designer will form a pivotal part of RADAN’s CAD/CAM functionality in preparing parts for bending, nesting and cutting. From model design to part repair and modification, it is said to be the ultimate solution for taking geometry through to manufacture.
While the module is available on the new RADAN 2020.1 pricelist, existing RADAN 3D users have the option of a free upgrade. Product Manager Olaf Koerner says it contains a material library and several calculation methods to create the correct unfolded shape. “Unfolding parameters such as bend allowances, can be controlled independently of the geometry, leading to more accurate flat blanks, more accurate folding, and ultimately, to a higher quality product.”
A major innovation in RADAN 2020.1 allows for an endless nesting workflow. Olaf Koerner describes nesting in previous releases as being a snapshot. “The operator had a list of parts to produce, and cleaned up the workspace once the nests were finished. They started, finished, cleaned up the workspace and started the next job.”
Now, the new release delivers a more flexible, fluent approach, by enabling parts for additional jobs to continuously go on to the nest, which he says leads to improved machine and sheet utilisation. “It means manufacturers can react to changing priorities. They can simply add more parts without having to clean up the workspace, so the nesting process, and production, keeps going with no interruption.”