GDML is an application-independent geometry description format based on XML.Click image to enlargeCGTech’s Vericut software’s new 3DLive Interface can now read Geometry Description Markup Language (GDML) files.

GDML is an application-independent geometry description format based on XML.

3DLive is available in MachiningCloud for products that require kinematics such as machine tools and workholding devices. MachiningCloud provides 3D models of cutting tools for Vericut and other related CAD/CAM and simulation software.

DMG MORI, HAAS Automation, Mazak, Kennametal and KURT Workholding are among the first to supply GDML machine tool, driven turret units and fixture models to MachiningCloud.

Vericut is the first software of its kind to support the import of 3DLive files for use in verifying, simulating and optimizing NC programs, eliminating the need to measure and model the components by traditional means or request 3D models from the machine tool builder.

The 3DLive catalog in MachiningCloud currently has more than 8,700 products containing kinematics, travel limits, minimum and maximum feed rates, initial machine location and 3D geometry colors in a single file format.

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Programming station for lathe controls

Heidenhain has introduced a new programming station, the DataPilot MP 620 for Manualplus 620 control and DataPilot 640 for CNC Pilot 640 control.

Solid carbide drill

Walter has introduced the DC160 X∙treme Evo Advance solid carbide drill.

New tool holding products mirror modern metalworking demands

In general, tool holding (tooling) equipment has not undergone any fundamental changes for a long time.

Safe and fast MIG, TIG weld cleaning system

Surfox 304 MIG & TIG is the lastest member of Walter Surface Technologies' Surfox family. It's a patented electrochemical cleaning system with a flowthrough system to facilitate cleaning of MIG, TIG and spot welds without altering the surface of the material to be welded.

Vision-guided robots cut set-up time

Integrated Vision is a new smart camera system from ABB Robotics that the company says makes vision-guided robotics applications faster and easier to deploy. 

Robotic bending system for large parts

Amada's HG 1303 Rm robotic bending system is designed for large parts, which typically requires two operators to safely handle or are difficult to manage by a single operator.

Quick-change 5 axis workholding

Carr Lane's CL5 quick-change, five axis workholding system consists of three components: a subplate, a riser, and top tooling made up of a vise or a fixture plate. The subplate transforms a T-slot table into a modular fixturing plate, allowing flexible and easy clamping and locating of other tooling and/or fixtures. Every plate has built-in clamping and locating for risers, which allows for quick and accurate set-ups.

Digital readouts feature new software, hardware

A new line of three digital readout (DRO) products for the machine tool marketplace is available under the Acu-Rite brand from Heidenhain.

World Premier: 5-axis travelling column

DMG MORI's newly released DMF 200|8 five-axis travelling column machining centre can handle structural components and mold inserts up to 2,300 mm long and up to 2,000 kg.

No setup or downtime for smart factories

by Andrei Petrilin, Iscar technical manager

Manufacturing's push towards comprehensive digitizing will impact almost all stages: product design, process planning, machining, assembly and logistics. The driving force behind the changes is a series of technological breakthroughs related to Industry 4.0.

2D vision measuring system

QI-C Quick Image series is the latest addition to Mitutoyo’s lineup of 2D vision measuring systems.

Saw cutting system with stronger leg structure

SawGear is a portable, automatic lineal cutting system made by TigerStop, that now has a more robust leg structure to its optional jobsite tables. The new table legs were provide increased stability. The new legs branch in two directions from a direct connection point. They are connected at the top to the table with a sheet metal faceplate. The tables come in three different lengths to accommodate the 8, 12, or 16 ft working length SawGear.

Auto work changer added to five axis vertical machining centre

Mazak has announced the addition of a high capacity auto work changer to its VARIAXIS i-300 simultaneous five axis vertical machining centre.

Cutting fluid for aerospace machining

Castrol has announced that its Hysol SL 45 XBB soluble cutting fluid for aerospace machining operations has received Boeing BAC 5008 approval.

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