ShapeNest – Profile Cutting Software

profile cutting software

Technology to fit your profile. Improved over many years to make CNC profile cutting quick and simple.      …

TECHNOLOGY TO FIT YOUR PROFILE.

Gas Head Thermal Cutting

Thermal Cutting by OXY-Acetylene, Plasma or Laser

Shop Floor Profile Cutting steel plate

Profile Cutting Shop Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve spent years in development to make CNC profile cutting quick and simple. This means you get the most from resources and materials using Oxy-acetylene, Plasma, Laser, Water-jet and in fact any profile cutting technology.

ShapeNest is a practical solution to the problems of fitting parts on stock material and efficiently cutting them out, carefully taking in account heat distribution, component handling, operator convenience, use of consumables and cutting time.

  1. Draw the geometry or import CAD with DXF files
  2. Nest and Post Process
  3. DNC by RS232 or WiFi to cutting machine
PUTTING YOUR PRODUCTION IN BETTER SHAPE.

Compared to more antiquated methods, Shape Nest will save at least 15% on materials, consumables and time. Easily paying for itself in a few months.

OTHER BENEFITS:

QUICK TURN ROUND JOB TO JOB

Off line programming ensures the cutting machines keep cutting. Design drawing data can be used to directly describe and define the shape to be cut with lead in and run off moves added automatically to your own preferences. Repetitive shapes, either simple or complex can be recalled and sized using the shape library, thus reducing programming time.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

You can combine multiple orders in a single nest with part marking to help the operator collect and sort the components.

SO HOW DO I GET STARTED?

A beginner’s tutorial tutorial  is installed which explains how to use ShapeNest and sets out worked examples.

USER MANUAL

A very detailed user manual is installed and the same information is available, context sensitive, on-line on the F1 Key. With the Manual, it’s easy to search (CTRL F) for your points of interest when not running either the Design or Nesting modules.

DXF IMPORT

The AutoCAD Data eXchange Format is widely used to facilitate the sharing of CAD data between systems. ShapeNest reads DXF files to draw the component profiles for nesting and cutting.

ESSI IMPORT

Just as DXF imports CAD data, ESSI import reads CNC cutting files and generates the part geometry.

DSTV IMPORT

The DSTV file format is of German origin, and is targetted at Structural CAM. In many respects DSTV is very specific to the manufacturing process unlike DXF. The format covers many types of section, however ShapeNest only handles sections that are of Plate type.

NESTING PROFILES

Draw the profile with the Design module or Import from CAD
Part definition can include details of drilled holes or burned holes / shapes
Drag and Drop – Repeat – Mirror – Rotate – Scale.
Profiles are easily recalled from the component library and arranged on the plate.
The Multi-Burners / Multi-Torch / Multi-Head
Material utilisation calculated, operator instructions printed and the part sent by DNC to the cutting machine.

THE MULTI-BURNERS TRADE-OFF

Shape Nest can help you work out whether it is better to cut the nest quickly with multiple burners or make the most out of the material,  taking more time. Then the appropriate program can be issued to production.

STEP BY STEP

1) Part definition point, lines and circles.

These basic shapes and more complex functions are picked from icons and menus, hot keys are also used to give a very rapid and effective user interface.

Where CAD drawings are available from internet and magnetic media, simply read in the geometry and display the finished part.

2) Save the component as an outside profile with apertures and holes, giving it an easily recognised name and with a preferred, but not mandatory, material grade and thickness.

3) Call up a new rectangular plate or recall a remnant, giving material grade, thickness and plate sizes. Select from the list of components you have stored and preview the shape as you select it. Semi-automatic nesting puts the shape just clear of the edge or adjacent to other components. Spin and slide the shapes to best fit the material repeating parts and optionally use multi-head cutting, check the order of cutting and if you want to you can add a start and stop positions, then put in continuous cutting in place of short rapid moves. Add special features for line, punch and part marking.

4) Click the Icon to produce the cutting program with operator instructions and dimensioned drawings. The cutting program is transferred automatically into the job queue for the DNC link down to the cutting machines.

5) On the cutting the machine the operator can browse the Job Queue to select the next nest of parts to be cut.

Cutting analysis give an inventory of parts in the nest and manufacturing time.

Functions and Features

  • Part geometry and standard shapes definition
  • CAD interface for DXF DSTV and others.
  • Auto trim and extend
  • Line marking
  • Text marking
  • Component library sorted by Customer and Plate thickness
  • Dimensioned drawing
  • Cutting instructions
  • Continuous cutting
  • Scale – Rotation – Mirror
  • Microsoft Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Platforms Windows 32 and 64 bit  XP to Windows 8
  • Multiple head cutting
  • Common line cutting
  • Automatic overlap check
  • Variables and expressions input definitions
  • Automatic Lead-in and Run-off added
  • Calculated cutting time and distance
  • Stand Alone or Networked
  • Job Queue DNC Server – Single or Multiple machine
  • Cutting program management
  • Operator instruction sheets
  • Part Inventory  and Plate Utilisation % figures
  • Repeated features – Linear and circular repeat
  • Looping (program format)
  • Open and closed profile definition.
  • Preview component selection
  • Left hand / Right hand mirror
  • Interference check
  • Dynamic position checking for overlaps – shape in Blue – profiles are too close.
  • Duct – bends – square to rounds, cones, cylinders, lobster backs
  • 3D visualisation of ducts .
  • Drilling and punching on sub-sequent machines.
  • System manager stores all the setting for Shape Nest for easy selection from lists of options.

DNC

Shapenest is delivered with a completely automatic DNC system to link your PC with your cutting machine on the shop floor. DNC Server allows the operator at the cutting machine to call programs from the Job Queue. So the software constantly monitors all connections ready to deliver the requested program to the control unit. This is particularly useful with shift work.

The default setting is the Burny 2 but can be configured to other systems. ShapeNest DNC can be extended to cater for many cutting machines using Serial RS232, WiFi and Networked folders.

  • Connected to the COM (Serial RS232) Port
  • RS422  (Current Loop)
  • USB to serial adapter option
  • Single Cutting machine
  • Two Cutting machines by two Com ports (optional upgrade)
  • Manual switching box on the shopfloor
  • Automatic multiport switch 4, 8 or 20 Ports (optional upgrade)
  • WiFi connection for up to 250 Cutting machines (optional upgrade)

DNC

ShapeNest is delivered with a completely automatic DNC system to link your PC with the cutting machines on the shopfloor.

Options cover

  • Connected to the COM (Serial RS232) Port
  • RS422  (Current Loop)
  • USB to serial adapter option
  • Single Cutting machine
  • Two Cutting machines by two Com ports
  • Manual switching box on the shopfloor
  • Automatic multiport switch 4, 8 or 20 Ports
  • WiFi connection for upto 250 Cutting machines

WIFI

Using the e-Net E-P 132 W (high gain) and e-Net E-P 132WA DNC Server can address upto 250 Cutting Machines. Easy to install because there is no need to lay a cable from the PC to Cutting machine(s). Our installation service provides users with a fully functioning  network on a dedicated or existing corporate WiFi network and configuration instructions are detailed in the ShapeNest configuration manual.

WiFI Serial Adapter                           http://ces-ltd.co.uk/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page

WIFI SERIAL ADAPTER

PROTOCOLS.

Control units have their own language which they use to communicate with the computer. Some comply with a standard set down may years ago by CMC for the Burny controller. ShapeNest’s DNC Server supports machines of the following types:-

Burny 2.5
Burny 4
ESAB
NCE280
NCE290
NCE520
Lynx
Farley
Messer Griesheim
BTR RTU by CES
MDNC Terminal by CES
Kaltenback
NUM DigiSaf
Heidenhain TNC 410 (FE)
Heidenhain TNC 246 (FE)
CLINK (Burny without the DNC option)

THE LANGUAGE THESE CONTROLS SPEAK AND HOW THEY ‘HANDSHAKE’.

BURNY
MachineName = “Burny”
JobQName = “Burny”
mRXPROGRAM = “UPLOAD PROGRAM”
mTXPROGRAM = “DOWNLOAD PROGRAM”

BURNY  4
MachineName = “Burny4″
JobQName = “Burny”
mTXPROGRAM = Chr$(7) (10 times) & Chr$(13) & Chr$(10) & “—- REQUESTING DOWNLOAD OF PROGRAM- ”

NCE280
MachineName = “ESAB280″
JobQName = “ESAB”
mRXPROGRAM = “TH ”
mTXPROGRAM = “FH ”
mTXDIRECTORY = “DH”
mSIGNON = “>” & Chr$(13)
mSIGNOFF = “~” & Chr$(13)

NCE290
MachineName = “ESAB290″
JobQName = “ESAB”
mRXPROGRAM) = “TH ”
mTXPROGRAM) = “FH ”
mTXDIRECTORY) = “DH ”
mDELETEFILE) = “BR ”
mSIGNON) = “~” & Chr$(13)
mSIGNOFF) = “~end” & Chr$(13)

NCE500
MachineName = “ESAB500″
JobQName = “ESAB”
mRXPROGRAM) = “TH ”
mTXPROGRAM) = “FH ”
mTXDIRECTORY) = “DH ”
mSIGNON) = “>” & Chr$(13)
mSIGNOFF) = “~” & Chr$(13)

NCE520
MachineName = “ESAB520″
JobQName = “ESAB”
mRXPROGRAM = “TH ”
mTXPROGRAM = “FH ”
mTXDIRECTORY = “DH ”
mDELETEFILE = “BR ”
mSIGNON = “~” & Chr$(13)
mSIGNOFF = “~end” & Chr$(13)

LYNX
MachineName = “Lynx”
JobQName = “Lynx”
mRXPROGRAM = “!Rn”
mTXPROGRAM = “!Sn”

FARLEY
MachineName = “Farley”
JobQName = “Farley”
mRXPROGRAM = “ABST”
mTXPROGRA) = “ABSE”
mSIGNON = “ABTSU” & Chr$(13) ‘Test Comms

MESSER
MachineName = “Messer”
JobQName = “Messer”
mRXPROGRAM = mUNAVAILABLE ‘”3″ ‘Upload
mTXPROGRAM = Chr$(13) & Chr$(10) & Chr$(13) & Chr$(10) ‘Download
mSIGNON = Chr$(13) & Chr$(13) ‘Alternate Signon to Download

CES BTR/RTU Device
MachineName = “RTU/BTR”
JobQName = “RTU/BTR”
mSIGNON = Chr$(2) & “000000″ & Chr$(3)
mSIGNOFF = Chr$(2) & “010001″ & Chr$(3)

MDNC Terminal
MachineName( = “Terminal”
JobQName = “Terminal”
mSIGNON = Chr$(18) + Chr$(18) + Chr$(18)

Kaltenback Wagner BeamDrill Protocol
MachineName = “Kalt”
JobQName = “Kalt”
mTXPROGRAM) = Chr$(27) + “1″ ‘Download

‘Heidenhain TNC 410 (FE)
MachineName = “TNC410″
JobQName = “TNC”
mSIGNON) = Chr$(1) ‘Signon
mSIGNOFF) = mUNAVAILABLE ‘Signoff

‘Heidenhain TNC 246 (FE)
MachineName = “TNC246″
JobQName= “TNC”
mSIGNON) = Chr$(1) ‘Signon
mSIGNOFF) = Chr$(4) ‘Signoff

‘MDNC LoopBack
MachineName = “Loopback”
JobQName = “”
mRXPROGRAM) = mUNAVAILABLE ‘
mTXPROGRAM) = mUNAVAILABLE ‘
mTXDIRECTORY) = mUNAVAILABLE ‘
mDELETEFILE) = mUNAVAILABLE ‘
mSIGNON) = mUNAVAILABLE ‘
mSIGNOFF) = mUNAVAILABLE ‘

‘CLINK need <ESC>!FDnnn !FD in the nestcfg.ini and  chr$(26) at the end
MachineName = “CLINK”
JobQName = “Burny”
mRXPROGRAM) = “UPLOAD PROGRAM”
mTXPROGRAM) = “!FG” ‘”DOWNLOAD PROGRAM”
mTXDIRECTORY) = mUNAVAILABLE
mDELETEFILE) = mUNAVAILABLE
mSIGNON) = mUNAVAILABLE
mSIGNOFF) = mUNAVAILABLE

 

   Download and Install 14 day evaluation software

ShapeNest Evaluation download contains all the software, cutting data and supporting files for DNC and device driver. It will work for 14 day free of charge, after which you will need to buy the Authorisation code.