Hypertherm division has new versions of NestMaster, TurboNest software

Hypertherm's MTC Software is unveiling new versions of its CAM nesting software. NestMaster 2010 and TurboNest 2010 contain functionality that contributes to improved ease of use, productivity, and profitability for users of conventional plasma and oxyfuel cutting processes.

TurboNest 2010 features these new developments:

  • Hole Slowdowns provide improved control over how holes are cut using new Process Parameters settings. Users can control the feed rate at which small interior profiles are cut based on hole diameter and material thickness.

  • Pre-Lead Out Ramp-Down, a new cutting techniques setting, gives users the ability to reduce feedrate at a specified distance from the beginning of a lead-out.

  • Interior Leads Placement is a new settings-enabled feature allowing interior leads for holes and slots to be automatically adjusted to begin at the hole's center or along the slot's center line. This allows users to improve hole/slot quality by piercing at the furthest distance from the hole's edges.

  • Automatic height control functionality, for use with cutting machines equipped with an automatic height control (AHC) or torch height control (THC) system, allows users to disable this system in scenarios where there is a risk of torch diving. AHC can be disabled at a specified distance before lead-outs or on holes of a user-defined size.

NestMaster 2010 also includes new developments:

  • Single Part Output now lets users create machine-ready NC output for a single part. Output for a single part or group of single parts can be created directly from the part list. A new output setting, Part Home, lets users set the home point to use during single-part output.

  • Importing Parts is enhanced to allow import of a CAD drawing that contains multiple parts. Users can import the multi-part drawing as a single unit or break it up into separate parts for individual nesting.

Standard features of both products are expanded. Entity Smoothing and Reduction on CAD import permits users to improve cut quality and reduce NC file size by combining lines and arcs or by converting multiple line segments into a single arc. Also, zooming and panning enhancements make it easier to improve program usability.

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