Mould & ProgressBack
The development focus for VISI Mould and VISI Progress was aimed at design efficiency and user experience. Mould makers will see significant enhancements to cooling, component libraries and a new tool for lubrication grooves. Die makers will benefit from major 3D strip upgrades and ‘instance’ support for punches.
Mould – Cooling
CAD transformation commands are now automatically notified and managed within the Cooling system. When selecting a cooling channel during a translation operation, the system automatically selects all of the relevant the cooling parts (solid, 2D and standard elements). After the CAD transformation (including copy), the system will automatically update the relative cooling structure within the cooling toolbox.
Secondly, it is now possible to manage Cooling channels within Solid Groups. Importantly, it is also possible to manage a solid with subtracted Cooling channels as an instance. In this case, When copying or transforming the instance, the relative Cooling data will be managed and updated accordingly. It is also now possible to add a standard element directly during the cooling channel sketching process.
- The cooling/standard elements interface has been reviewed providing better management during the standard elements definition.
- It is now possible to insert standard elements using the multiple selection within the cooling toolbox.
- Within the cooling toolbox tree structure, the icon status will change in the event of the segment or solid losing the linking with the 3D plate.
Mould – Lubrication Grooves
A new Lubrication Groove command has been developed for 2016 R1. This command allows to creation of lubrication grooves on the selected face of the plate using a builders that provides the user with a number of shapes & customization parameters.
Parts Replacement using Instances management – This improvement applies any modification to the original master part geometry to be automatically added to the 3D strip without any rebuild, significantly saving time during the process. This new methodology provides an automatic associativity between the reference parts and the strip design. It is also possible to define Punches in the Strip using the instances management. This means that punches can now be managed as instances within the project (including the ability to extrude punches). Therefore any modification to the parent geometry will be replicated on all instances.
Multiple strip analysis – Using 2016 R1 it is now possible to review multiple strip parameter configurations as a separate 3D strip design. This is particularly useful during the estimating phase, where the user may work on more than one strip project to evaluate the best solution.
Elements Configuration – An updated tool to edit 3D component libraries provides additional capabilities for easy catalogue selection, easy editing of element properties and better element and Rule table editing. There are also new options when inserting standard components to “Remember Settings” which allows the user to define all parameters within the insertion mask, and recall for a different scenario.
Material Database – Completely revised material databases are available for VISI 2016 R1. Any grade has been verified using the TESTISO reference model so to provide the correct linear shrinkage values. The following databases have been reviewed and updated at present:
- COPOLYESTER.mdb (new)
- MABS.mdb (new)
- PLAST.mdb (the generic materials of the above families)