From 26 to 29 October 2021, the 15th Blechexpo trade fair in Stuttgart will focus on networking, automation, and digitalization in sheet metal processing. At the SPI stand in exhibition hall 1, booth 1005 you can expect live demonstrations and personal discussions on the topics of “continuous process chain, manufacturing-ready sheet metal unfolding, cost calculation alongside design” and more.
Our trade fair highlights
Dimensioned unfolding with a single click
A function that was developed for the SPI SheetMetal product line at customer request is the automatic creation of three views including fully dimensioned unfolding with minimal effort. The new function saves the user several laborious individual steps. The preferred sheet formats can be defined as favorites and then automatically used to create the drawing. With one command, the three views and the unfolding are automatically generated and dimensioned.
All file information at a glance
The SPI CAD Viewer is an application for quickly viewing GEO files without having to start a CAD programme. A handy and practical tool for checking data in design, sales, and work preparation. With the CAD Viewer, it is now possible to apply both text and barcodes (QR code) to a sheet metal part, either as engraving, laser cutting, or punching. The text function allows user-defined text to be placed anywhere on the sheet metal part. The size and rotation of the text can be adjusted. Furthermore, the size, diameter, and spacing of the pixels of the code can either be saved as a preset or set individually. Each code can contain any text information and can be easily scanned throughout the manufacturing process.
Optimization of manufacturing costs in real-time
Another software tool that ensures optimized processes is SPI’s SheetMetal Calculator, an add-on for the SheetMetal CAD software. The cost calculation, which accompanies the design process, includes the work steps that are necessary for manufacturing the design. The designer works with the parameters of a rule-set that only allows the subsequent steps that are possible with the material used. For each 3D CAD model, it is thus possible to analyze in detail which parameters form the basis of the design in order to calculate the costs incurred. The data can then be output in a user-configurable PDF file or transferred directly to ERP systems for further use within the process chain.