Fried Vancraen, Managing Director of Materialise is convinced of the added value of this major upgrade: "It's amazing what our tooling software team has done. After creating a technological breakthrough for mould analysis and quotation with version 1, they have integrated close to all customer requests in version 2. Stunning is that they created such rich functionality while even improving the ease of use and speed of introduction. Every toolmaker can benefit from this product."
Tool quotations: on the way to full customisation
With the new version, the company meets the toolmakers' demands in analysis and tool quoting. This automated software, that uses in-depth analyses to estimate tool cost systematically, has gained a lot of functionality. The geometrical analysis functions have been improved and the software can not only calculate tool cost, it now also estimates the different numbers of hours involved in different techniques (e.g. CAD hours, CAM hours and machining hours). In other words, it supports the quoting and the planning and enables every toolmaker to match the software perfectly to his specific business requirements. Part cost calculation is available and everything can be linked to Microsoft Excel. So Tooling Expert can even feed the Excel spreadsheets the toolmaker used before.
On customer request
Customer feedback gave Materialise clear direction on which features customers would value and use most. Certainly a value-adding new feature of is the automated 'price per part' estimation. The interface has become even more user-friendly since the different parameters can be handled more easily: they have been grouped in clear and easy-to-use sections: 'Technology Manager', 'Injection Material Manager' and 'Machine Properties Manager'. This offers more flexibility and a clear overview of all possibilities.
Other novelties include:
- a Charmilles draft analysis
- a progress bar for analysis
- an 'all analysis' button to perform all analyses in one single step
- better conflict resolution (i.e. loading files with different currency rates, technologies, )
- a sharp triangle filter
- triangle reduction
For more info, please visit the company's website: http://www.materialise.com/
Materialise, with headquarters in Belgium, started in 1990 in the sector of rapid prototyping. Since that time, the company has experienced an exponential growth. Materialise is more than just one of the leading European Rapid Prototyping providers. Materialise also develops innovative applications enabling advanced use of the rapid prototyping techniques. Materialise software is used worldwide by the leading companies of the automotive, aerospace and consumer electronics. The 'Magics' software line provides a variety of solutions for data handling in product communication, rapid prototyping and rapid tooling. Materialise has offices all over the world and the largest software development team in the RP sector with locations in Belgium and Kiev (Ukraine).
For more information, contact: In the US: Materialise US 6111 Jackson Road Ann Arbor MI 48103 phone (734) 662 5057 E-mail: Email Contact In Europe: Materialise NV Technologielaan 15 3001 Leuven, Belgium phone +32 (16) 39 66 11 E-mail: Email Contact In Japan: Yokohama Portside Building 2F 8-1 Sakae-cho-Kanagawa-ku Yokohama phone 81-45-440-4591 E-mail: Email Contact In the rest of Asia: Unit D6-03 Phileo Damansara 1 No 9 Jln. 16/11 46350 Petaling Jaya Malayasia phone (603) 7765 2966 E-mail: Email Contact