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Visual Programming for CMMs

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The Visual Programming module provides a quick and convenient way of creating CNC measuring programs visually. Programs are created from the CAD drawing or in learn mode. One of the benefits of Visual Programming is that the program can be fully developed and tested for its functionality in a simulation using a 'dry run' mode. Programs can be run either in full or in parts from user selected convenient start points. With the addition of multiple breakpoints, execution can be started, continued or stopped from any convenient part in the Program. Where necessary, the CNC Program Editor together with the Variable Manager function enables the user to write or create their own standard measuring sequences. For scanning/reverse engineering applications, there is a facility for self adaptive template scanning routines which can be easily adopted for specific user requirements

 

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Click and Measure directly from CAD model
The Axel CNC strikes perfect balance between power and ease of use. Majority of applications can be handled with Click and Measure functionality . As soon as the feature is measured from the CAD, its measuring sequence is created automatically as well as the collision free approach moves from the previously measured feature. Also Axel chooses the best probe position to measure the feature.

Automatic collision avoidance
Collision detection warns user about possible collision during the move before the move starts. During CNC programming with CAD model, Axel employs multiple collision avoidance strategies to move between measured features.

Graphical program editing
There is gallery of graphical editing functions to allow graphically edit feature CNC program. Typical feature editing functions are; changing point distributions, measuring depth, length of measurement and many other feature dependent operations.

Initial CAD alignment
Axel provides facility for a full offline part programming. The initial CAD alignment is used to move the CAD model into the measuring volume of the virtual 3D CMM machine model. The CAD model is positioned the way as it will be positioned on the real machine.

CAD feature extraction
Axel provides extensive facilties to extract features from the CAD model. The features may be extracted as entities or measured with individual data grid points.


Program Dry Run for off-line simulation and testing
One of the benefits of Visual Programming is that the program can be fully developed and tested for its functionality in a simulation using a 'dry run' mode. Programs can be run either in full or in parts from user selected convenient start points. With the addition of multiple breakpoints, execution can be started, continued or stopped from any convenient part in the Program

Program Variables Manager and extensive set of commands
Where necessary, the CNC Program Editor together with the Variable Manager function enables the user to write or create their own standard measuring sequences. Properties are set for each command to specify such values as speed, probe type, position etc.

Self-Adaptive scanning routines 
For scanning/reverse engineering applications, there is a facility for self adaptive template scanning routines which can be easily adopted for specific user requirements