April 28, 2014
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has released Columbus III™ version 1.2, a CAD/CAM programming and nesting software designed for plasma, oxyfuel, laser, and waterjet cutting.
The new release provides improved CAD functionality, with a standard shape library that simplifies part program creation using an extensive collection of predefined part geometries. Parts can be imported from an existing assembly without the need for customized import filters, allowing efficient data exchange from the software to ERP.
The software optimizes remnant cut geometry automatically on the existing layout, helping to simplify remnant plate creation and maximize material utilization, states the company.
Three new bridge configurations allow continuous cutting of external contours with a single pierce and provide improved links for bridges from part to part. Burn marks on bridge transitions are eliminated. The resulting part geometries feature negative-shaped bridges to help simplify the removal of parts from the skeleton.