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PNX File Export

New with ONGAA CAM – for Homag, V 1.3.44 is the PNX file export capability during Nesting and Assembly level MPR generation.

PNX files are intended for integrating Panel Saw Optimization with CutRite / MagiCut.

As stated in the PNX format specification, the file contains the following fields with comma separators:

  • Part Code
  • Material Code
  • Length
  • Width
  • Quantity
  • % Over
  • % Under
  • Grain
  • EdgeCode
  • L1 Edgeband
  • L2 Edgeband
  • W1 Edgeband
  • W2 Edgeband
  • InfoBox1
  • InfoBox2
  • InfoBox3
  • InfoBox4

Fields from L1 Edgeband to InfoBox4 are filled from Solidworks Custom properties, where all other fields are filled from ONGAA CAM data properties.

The actual format including which fields to shown is configurable (order and whether shown or not) which allows ONGAA CAM to integrate with other applications / process streams using only one format.

The intended usage is as follows: 

A model is created in Solidworks where some parts are to be machined … Read the rest

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ONGAA CAM – G-Code Released

The latest version of ONGAA CAM specifically designed for G-Code driven machines has been released.

Vertical Drilling, Vertical Milling and Vertical Pockets provide the functionality required by most for wood panel machining.

In addition, Nesting makes the process of panel machine complete, with both assembly based and batch based nesting.

Labels can be created for automated placement as well as manually placement.

An standalone G-Code visualization tool allows you to preview both individual parts and nested sheets before machining.

Currently released:

Syntec Controller
Fanuc OM

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DrillTeq V/H/D Dowelling

New with the HOMAG DrillTeq H/V/D series machine come a new version of WoodWOP to support a new instruction. ‘Insert Dowel’.

Although the function is not new, a new instruction was introduced in WoodWOP 7.2 which expands the control of the dowel insertion opreation.

ONGAA CAM now also fully supports this new <192 / Dowel insertion instruction in its MPR generation. This includes not only the creation of the <192 process over the creation of 2 separate drill and insert processes (ABD_ENU replacement) but also includes the setting of ‘Side variables’ to ensure correct part placement.

Additional enhancements have been made to allow a single ONGAA CAM process to generate ‘all’ Dowel Insertions on 2 sides of a part, no matter how many dowels are refined.

Single ONGAA CAM Process for dowels on opposite sides
Solidworks part – Opposite faces selected with ‘All-Holes-On-face’ function

With the single process ONGAA CAM … Read the rest

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ONGAA CAM – for G-Code based machines

Development and testing are currently underway on the latest addition to the ONGAA CAM line up. ONGAA CAM for G-code will be able to create .nc .gcode style programs for machines such as Thermwood, AXYZ , Anderson and NANXING (SYNTEC).

The same, easy to use, intuitive interface is used. Adding machining processes is simple selecting a process type, selecting the edges that define it and picking the tool (if needed).

The primary release will be provide 3 axis machining suitable for nesting table as well as pod & rail machines and will also provide the ONGAA CAM nesting option.

Processing functions in v1 will be Vertical Drilling, Vertical Milling (Routing), Vertical Pockets (Rectangular w/ round corners) and Vertical ‘Polygon’ Pockets.

Vertical Saw will follow as will Horizontal Drilling.


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Generating Better Labels Improves Automation

Working with many parts with many manufacturing steps poses a challenge in keeping things organized.   To have even a fighting chance parts need to be identified – labeled – to ensure that everyone know what the part is.

Even with the sophisticated – ‘123-4567’ / project-part numbering scheme we very often need more information and to ensure that the next guy know what to do.

ONGAA CAM has expanded its label printing capabilities in Nesting to support not only the following information:

  • Project with Sheet number
  • seq# and Part Number/Name
  • Dimensions
  • Material Name

These have been expanded to include 5 Solidworks custom properties (one of which can be printed as a barcode) and an image of the part itself.

In the above example, the first custom property indicates the edge banding color and sides to edgeband.  The part number is barcoded for QC / Part Count as well as auto … Read the rest

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Automatic Nesting Contours

With many facilities using multiple software packages to program/optimize/nest it gets hard to keep track of what parts were actually programed and which were not.

Many shops use Cut Rite for the simple rectangles and WoodWOP for the more complex components.  We see this as the best of both worlds — except that its gets messy keeping the parts straight.  Cut Rite ‘wants’ a file with dimensions or a MRP to load dimensions and WoodWOP definitely wants a program.

ONGAA CAM can now take the tedium out of programming the ‘regular’ rectangles automatically, whether or not you have made allowance for edge banding in the Solidworks parts or not.

With both ‘Edgeband Size Vars’ and ‘Add Nesting Contour’ turned on, ONGAA CAM will automatically create a ‘bounding-box’ contour and associated a Vertical Route process with it.  All process options are configurable including Tool, direction, compensation, approach and even ‘midline start’.… Read the rest

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ONGAA CAM – Biesse – CIX file generation

In order to promote the effectiveness of ONGAA CAM when working with bSolid instead of BiesseWorks, ONGAA CAM now produces CIX programs in addition to BPP.

Although bSolid will import straight forward BPP files without any need to manipulate the file in any way, we have had several reports of bSolid importing some process options incorrectly which would either ‘break’ a process or negate its usefulness.  In particular, Vertical milling in steps was rendered ineffective as Z and Depth were swapped when imported.  Horizontal steps was also ‘broken’ due to the step increment being imported as a negative.

To support our customers who are now using bSolid, we have endeavoured to both debug the BPP  import issues as well as provide a better working solution.… Read the rest

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Edgebanding considerations when using CutRite

Do I model with edgebanding included in the parts or do I model the raw parts and add edgebanding are parts to my assembly?  Do I have to make two models?

Modelling parts which may or may not be edge banded (depending on materials) pose a challenge when it comes to other software which may be part of a production flow.  This is particularly challenging when both sets of programs / files  are always sent to the shop and the flow is chosen on the floor.

Take for example a shelf which may be made or oak or  a plywood of some kind.  In the case of the plywood the 2 visible edges would need edgebanding, in the case of oak however it would not be.

Ideally the model of the part would be the same and therefore so would the program IF all possible production streams are equal.  But … Read the rest

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Tool Visualization

By far the fastest way to verify the programs do not have ‘basic’ programming errors would be to ‘see’ what has been programmed.  ONGAA CAM now shows a reasonable representation of the tool in is starting position.  The tool dimensions are taken from the Tool Database and are shown with the programmed compensation, depth (or through depth).  This will help in ensuring tool compensations are correct as well as showing potentially unexpected interference with other areas of the part.

Tools that are incorrectly identified appear as red tools of a standard diameter where as all recognized tools appear as green.

V Drill, V Route, V Pocket, V Saw, H Drill are all supported.

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Nesting interface improvements

The ONGAA CAM nesting interface has been improved to provide easier manual movement of parts as well as allowing renestiong of single sheets (in a multi sheet nests).

USER INTERFACE

The initial view of the nest remains the same with the first 4 sheets displayed.  By double clicking on any sheet a full screen view of the sheet is displayed.  Both the initial 4 sheet and the single sheet now includes the sheet scrap material and also left and right mouse button drag & drop movement.  If the sheet boundary is exceeded both the part and the sheet scrap boundary are highlighted to indicate this.

RENESTING

An option has been added to allow renesting of a single sheet for those times when then nesting strategy works for most sheets but not all.

The renest option also allows you to resize the ‘working area’ of a sheet and/or change the strategy … Read the rest

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