IMTS 2016: See the VISI CAD/CAM Solution


Significant developments in CAD, mold and CAM functionality are available within the latest release of VISI.


Major graphic enhancements include an updated GUI with quick access toolbars, live icon combinations on the mouse, improved hidden line removal and geometry selection by ‘free-shape’ brush. In addition, CAD translators have been updated to support the latest third- party CAD formats, including Inventor 2016, layer categories for NX and attribute hole mapping for Catia V5.


User efficiency continues to be a focus for product development and major CAD developments, including significant picking and sketching enhancements, associativity improvements for 3D dimensions, a redesigned part revision manager, and multiple plotview updates.


VISI Mold developments include improved cooling channel management with support for solid groups, CAD transformations and updated catalogue components such as plugs, connectors and baffles. Additional enhancements include a new tool to produce lubrication grooves and a rewritten database tool to manage and edit the 3D standard element libraries.


For those involved in sheet metal stamping, VISI Progress updates include improvements to the part replacement for 3D strip design, the ability to manage multiple strip designs within the same project, and the option for defining families of punches as instances; allowing for automatic updates of geometry if the parent punch is modified.


For 3D machining operations, the user interface has been simplified to help define the geometry piece, stock and additional faces. An updated CAM engine provides better memory management and improved performance, allowing VISI to run multithreads for a single toolpath calculation. This means that a single toolpath build can be split into parallel calculations, significantly reducing the total build time (this is managed automatically by the CAM engine).


Wire EDM developments include 64Bit engine support, improved 4-axis offset support, and feature recognition for constant tapered apertures.


Other CAM developments include improved analytic material removal, updated stock/model comparison, and a new ‘toolpath enquirer’ tool to allow the operator to analyze the underlying toolpath data and search for geometry, such as elements shorter than a given length or vertical arcs.


  • Variable neutral fibre calculation
  • Part analysis & bend study
  • Automatic blank development
  • Step-by-step unfolding
  • 3D strip design & shearing simulation
  • Bending & shearing stress calculations
  • User-defined tool templates
  • Parametric component libraries
  • Automatic link to plate manufacture
  • Associative tool detailing
  • Automatic B.O.M. creation



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