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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Software for Manufacturing
from hours to minutes, say company officials.
For tube bending, the software auto- matically extracts key manufacturing infor- mation such as bend angles and rota- tions from a native SolidWorks model or a common CAD file, and creates the bend table for immediate use on a CNC bending machine, as well as the XYZ coordinates and a 2D drawing of the modeled tube. Ver- sion 2.6 of TubeWorks extends this func- tionality significantly, by enabling users to “unbend” the CAD models of bent tubes into flat (or straight) configurations con- taining full details of all holes and cutouts, to provide the input data for laser tube-cut- ting machines.
ifying the required length change and the point at which it should be applied. This compensates for the elongation shown by a coordinate measuring machine. Users then can create a new YBC file for the bend- ing machine and a new ParaSolid file for the laser-cutting machine.
As well as automating the extraction of manufacturing data, TubeWorks offers numerous functions to further help users minimize the preproduction design time of machine-based tube cutting and bend- ing. These include automated centerline creation through tubular geometry (for
round and non-round profiles) and auto- mated conversion of imported tube mod- els into native SolidWorks models for cen- terline-radius modification.
The latest version of TubeWorks also now offers an automated Deduct Length function that enables users to shrink flat- tened tube configurations simply by spec-
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