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Nesting Software for Various Cutting Processes

April 26, 2016
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, SC, has released version 1.3 of its Columbus nesting software−CAD/CAM programming software optimized for plasma, oxyfuel, laser and waterjet cutting. This latest version of Columbus offers many new features and updates to simplify programming, improve material utilization, increase productivity and streamline workflow.

The most powerful function is the new Job Wizard, which automatically creates NC programs from customer orders. For the parts and plates within a customer’s library that are marked for automatic process, Job Wizard can automatically nest all parts on the correct plates and assign the best machine to cut the part. For job shops, Job Wizard can perform these functions automatically within minutes after a customer releases the order.

Columbus version 1.3 also features a simplified and optimized user interface, menu-driven to complement the screen icons and help keep the workspace organized. The workspace can be customized by hiding or showing all features in each section and organizing the different menus with dockable windows over more than one monitor.

Other enhancements include a zoom-overlay window that shows details without zooming the complete layout; visual control for users to detect parts on a table grid which will tilt after cut; and commands that improve cut quality and production time when beveling, by optimizing the cutting path.
Industry-Related Terms: LASER, Material Utilization, NC, Nesting
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Technologies: Bending


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