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CAD/CAM software simplifies the production of complex tools in a single clamping.

The ideal, fully equipped CAD/CAM software package makes it easy for designers to create complex workpiece profiles for high-performance tools. Directly integrating this software into the grinding machine to produce the tool makes things even easier and more convenient. This includes the option to produce tools in a single clamping, regardless of whether this is the production of a single part or series production.

Ideal user benefits thanks to CAD/CAM software

If the CAD/CAM software simulates a tool exactly like the machine grinds it, this results in the most benefits to users. This exact representation of actual production processes in the digital world means that design, scaling, time calculation, collision checks and other software functions visualize what to expect when operators start grinding parts. WALTER HELITRONIC TOOL STUDIO includes these fully fledged functions.

Creating a reference tool model not only makes it possible to produce a tool within a very short space of time, it also enables users to use a single model at different production sites to reproduce the same quality levels each time by cloning the technologies between sites. As an option, the user can update the simulation after each parameter change and thus get an optimal representation of the tool. The 3D simulation always illustrates the tool identically to how it is ground by the machine as all important dimensions, such as machine reference data, wheel and blank data, etc. are accounted for in the calculation.

In an effort to reduce the time required to complete tool designs, CAD/CAM software simplifies the process to illustrate characteristics on drawings in detail thanks to draft models that are used for documentation purposes which are used for documentation purposes during the preparation of offers and supporting sales. These drawings enable accurate checks and verification of the tool data in due time. Consequently, users can expect successful results as part of any grinding task. WALTER has integrated these functions into its HELITRONIC TOOL STUDIO so that the software is fully functional, just like individual programs would be, with the obvious, added advantage of being able to directly control WALTER HELITRONIC machines.

Tool Balancer

Tool Balancer is a simple method for analyzing center-cutting tools with an odd number of chip spaces, unevenly divided tools or special tools and balancing them if necessary. This method boosts efficiency and brings two key functions: firstly being able to analyze the center of mass and secondly automatically balancing the tool with different strategies. The procedure is simple and can quickly be completed with only a few clicks. Thanks to the analysis during the development phase, the process to produce prototypes can be significantly accelerated. Balanced tools boast a longer service life, can run at higher speeds, produce surfaces with higher quality and guarantee lower levels of wear.

The software features tiered licensing options that allow the users to only select the functions they need. WALTER HELITRONIC STUDIO includes these modular characteristics to make the software suitable for a large number of users. A standard license covers, for example, assistant-based production as well as regrinding. Upgrade options allow the scope to be enhanced almost without limits.