ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has released Columbus CAD/CAM Nesting Software version 1.3, a CAD/CAM programming and nesting software for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting. This latest version of Columbus offers many new features and updates to make programming easier and more efficient, improve material utilization, increase productivity, and streamline workflow.
ESAB says 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, as well as assign the best machine to cut the part based on strategy settings. For job shops, Job Wizard can perform these functions automatically within minutes after a customer releases the order, saving hours of time.
Influenced by customer requests, Columbus version 1.3 now features a simpler, optimized User Interface (UI). The menu-driven user interface complements the screen icons to help keep the workspace organized and keep important functions at the user’s fingertips. 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, commands that improve cut quality and production time when beveling by optimizing the cutting path and eight more improvements that simplify programming and cutting. ESAB offers total online support for Columbus software. All support is done on-line, which allows questions to be answered as quickly as possible to get customers up and running faster.