We covered the design related tools in Tebis last month. If you missed it, then perhaps a quick recap is in order to get you up to speed.
Tebis is, unashamedly, a surface-based system and one that works, for the most part, without history. Yes, there are areas where you can track the history of your operations, but these are few and far between and chosen when it makes the most sense.
Instead of relying on a history-based approach, the development efforts are placed on giving you a set of tools that lets you take data from a wide variety of sources and prepares it for manufacturing — whether that’s tooling design, adaptation for machining or any of the many areas that the system is used in.
This month, however, we’ll be looking at how the system handles the process of taking that 3D data and preparing the numerically controlled processes that produce it.
Let’s start with the basics, in terms of the tools that apply to all areas of the system, then start to investigate the options and add-ons and how they all work together.
If you’ve ever investigated in a CAM solution, you’ll be familiar with the modularity that’s pretty much ubiquitous. After all, if you have a specific set of machines and capabilities, why licence the software that you don’t actually need? If you’re just running a 3 axis, then you don’t need to shell out for 3+2 or 5, do you?