LG Motion has launched a new piece of software to make laser machining and 3D printing easier.
The Basingstoke-based firm, which designs and manufactures a wide range of motion control products and systems, has released the new CAD/CAM software from Polaris which enables a machine operator to design parts, import part files run by the machine and inspect the finished product.
The single piece of advanced software also controls the laser source, positioning stage, galvoscanner and machine vision camera.
LG Motion works closely with a number of other specialist motion control specialists who are able to offer complementary products to enable the engineering firm to provide a comprehensive range of motion control solutions.
Polaris Motion specialises in the design and development of control solutions for CNC machines in laser-based manufacturing, diamond tool cutting and grinding of optical surfaces and for other specialised CNCS used in high performance applications.
Comprehensive and flexible software
The comprehensive software allows a wide range of 2D and 3D CAD files to be imported.
Objects are easy to draw – lines, circles, arcs and rectangles. You can draw by hand and add precision parameters for size and position.
All parameters such as size, position, motion and laser parameters can be entered as variable which are easy to control and change.
Additional features and functions:
· Polaris CAD/CAM has a stitching tool and infinite field of view (IFOV) to combine fast motion of the Galvoscanner and the long stroke motion of the stage. Stitching allows the division of a large object into tiles, and centring each object in the Galvo field. Infinite field of view synchronizes and coordinates stage motion and Galvoscanner motion automatically.
· Hardware in the laser CNC machine can be controlled through digital and analogue I/O and serial port commands.
· The software includes a virtual joystick to control the positioning stage manually.
· Polaris CAD/CAM integrates machine vision with laser machining processes. Machine vision can be used to inspect actual markings or it can be used to super-impose fabrication trajectories onto the image of the cut part. Camera view is calibrated to match the stage coordinates. Several cameras may be used, for both wide and zoomed-in views.