OMAX and Spatial Co-Develop 3D Tool Solution for Waterjet Machining
OMAX Corporation, the leading provider of advanced abrasive waterjet solutions, and Spatial Corp., the leading provider of 3D development components for manufacturing applications, have combined their technologies to create what could be considered the market's easiest-to-use 3D tool pathing solution. The new Intelli-CAM™ software tool for OMAX JetMachining® Centers generates 3D tool paths from solid 3D models as well as quickly performs 3D to 2D file conversions.
Intelli-CAM incorporates Spatial's 3D InterOp to import CAD files from a variety of 3D sources, including CATIA, SolidWorks®, Solid Edge, Autodesk® Inventor®, Siemens® NX, Pro/E®, Creo® and much more. Intelli-CAM then applies custom solutions from OMAX and Spatial such as the advanced AutoPath function or slice plane to convert the geometry into full 3D paths suitable for waterjet cutting, ensuring the most precise part in the least amount of time and with minimal operator involvement.
"Helping OMAX expand the 3D capabilities of Intelli-CAM highlights the power of the Spatial component platform and the value our partnership with OMAX," explained Vivekan Iyengar, vice president of research and development for Spatial. "For Spatial, data reuse means delivering data in a manner that allows applications to more easily integrate into existing workflows with minimal disruption and high reliability. Reliability is important to OMAX. To their end user, any problem in the workflow has an associated cost and is typically seen as a problem in the application, not as a problem in the integrity of the incoming CAD model. 3D InterOp does the most to prevent the user from ever seeing those problems by automatically cleaning and repairing the CAD model during the import process."
According to Carl Olsen, lead software engineer for OMAX Corporation, Spatial's 3D InterOp technology allows OMAX to provide extremely robust and proven 3D file import capabilities to its JetMachining Center owners. "Our customers can now import practically any major 2D or 3D CAD drawing out there, which is especially beneficial to job shops because they often don't know the original CAD system for a file," he said. "Plus, they don't have to purchase expensive CAD software filter packages."
Olsen also noted that OMAX customers doing 3D programming for 5-axis waterjet cutting will find Intelli-CAM greatly simplifies those operations, suggesting that Intelli-CAM "may be the easiest to use 5-axis CAM software ever."
Intelli-CAM, which interfaces directly with OMAX's intuitive Intelli-MAX® Software Suite, is available as a free update to OMAX JetMachining Center owners and is backed by the company's unparalleled support.
Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systèmes subsidiary, is the leading provider of 3D development software components for technical applications across a broad range of industries. Spatial 3D modeling, 3D visualization, and CAD translation software components help application developers deliver market-leading products, maintain focus on core competencies, and reduce time-to-market. For over 25 years, spatial 3D components have been adopted by many of the world's most recognized software developers, manufacturers, research institutes, and universities. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Spatial has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, China and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.spatial.com.
OMAX® Corporation designs and manufactures the world's most advanced abrasive waterjet technology in a variety of table sizes and price points at its headquarters in Kent, Washington. Backed by unmatched support and powered by the company's intuitive control software, OMAX and MAXIEM® JetMachining® Centers bring affordable performance to a continuously expanding range of industries. For more information on OMAX products and accessories, contact Sandra McLain at 800-838-0343 or visit www.omax.com.