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Advanced CADCAM Software Solutions For The Manufacturing Industry

PEPS Pentacut Laser is an industry leading 5 axis Laser CAD/CAM system developed specifically for the general engineering, automotive and aerospace industries. It offers an intuitive environment for the comprehensive programming of multi-axis laser or water-jet cutting machines.

Features at a glance:

  • Intuitive graphical user interface
  • Extensive range of CAD interfaces; both for import and export
  • Comprehensive machine and postprocessor database
  • Locate large parts with simplified part location system
  • Automated Fixture Design
  • 'One-click' application of toolpath for inner and outer profiles
  • Manual application of toolpath for selected areas
  • Edit cut technology and nozzle setting at unlimited positions
  • Total control of nozzle angle; either interactively or explicitly
  • Create and apply saved technology data at any point
  • Inter- and Intra-cut collision detection
  • Full Solid 3D simulation of machine, nozzle and part

Comprehensive machine and postprocessor database. PEPS Pentacut Laser contains a comprehensive database of laser and water-jet machines from a large number of Machine Tool manufacturers; including NTC, Prima, Trumpf and Amada. Should a machine not be supported, PEPS Pentacut Laser also contains a Machine Setup utility that allows the configuration of bespoke machine types and postprocessing information. The advanced postprocessors aren't just limited to the use of generic G and M codes; special posts are easily configured to suit different head configurations and table sizes.

Automated fixture design. Stamped forms typically need to be held using fixtures and within PEPS Pentacut Laser this can be done in a number of ways. One way is to import clamps and fixtures from external files and then manually reposition them. Another way is to use the Fixture Design utility to create the support fixtures using sheet metal. Simply define the number of horizontal and vertical support sheets, how they interlock - including locking features if you require them, and how they run-off the part. Once these details have been defined, PEPS Pentacut Laser creates each sheet, nests them on standard metal sheet sizes, adds assembly notes such as number references and creates the NC code with which to manufacture them.

Cutting-path creation. Cutting operations within PEPS Pentacut Laser can generally be divided into two areas: inner and outer trims. Outer trims are the external forms of the part whilst inner trims represent the internal cut-outs and other features to be machined. The basic toolpaths for these cutting operations can be automatically generated by the automation tools built into to PEPS Pentacut Laser. User interaction is available for all toolpath types to allow for manual creation and refinement. PEPS Pentacut Laser provides a great amount of control over how each inner or outer trim is handled; for example, creating micro-joints to hold the material in place until processing is finished becomes quick and uncomplicated. The toolpath can also be edited in terms of how the cutting nozzle is angled towards it or how it handles jigs and fixture features.

Reduce machine wear. PEPS Pentacut Laser has a wealth of in-built features that allow for the optimization of the laser toolpath. For example, by smoothing out the toolpath in areas around tight corners or small features, PEPS Pentacut Laser will optimize the toolpath to reduce the wear on the machine tool at the same time; ensuring that feeds and speeds are maintained across the job.

Toolpath verification and simulation. Within PEPS Pentacut Laser the toolpaths are presented showing the angle of the nozzle as it moves around the part. Instant feedback is provided about whether or not a specific move is possible - either in terms of machine head movement limits or accessibility. Any collisions that are detected are highlighted both on the model and via on-screen messages. The trim-path parameters can be edited directly or, in the event of a collision, automatically corrected at any time; ensuring that your toolpath is both safe and using the optimum strategy to reduce processing time. Once the toolpath has been optimized, simply select the piercing and cutting conditions from the pre-defined technology tables and PEPS Pentacut Laser quickly generates reliable NC code.

NC code simulation. The NC code can be re-imported into PEPS Pentacut Laser and simulated within the same environment in which it was created. The NC simulation shows how the tool moves through space, allowing the toolpath to be sanity checked before any metal cutting occurs.