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Flow International Corp. releases FlowXpert 2016 model-based waterjet software

September 6, 2016 - Flow International Corp., the world's leading developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet machines for cutting applications, announced today the next generation of waterjet software, FlowXpert 2016. FlowXpert is a robust CAD/CAM waterjet software platform for 3-D pathing and cutting that allow users to work more effectively in 3-D, with less complexity.

“FlowXpert is the leading programming tool in the waterjet industry,” says Chip Burnham, vice president of marketing for Flow. “The 2016 release provides users greater flexibility in design and pathing which will significantly increase the benefits for basic and complex waterjet parts.”

The software integration was engineered in partnership with ANSYS SpaceClaim and realizes the full advantages of Flow’s more than 40 years of waterjet application expertise. Incorporating waterjet best practices -- such as application tips, material cut speed knowledge, improved pathing algorithms, and expanded lead in/out customization -- the program anticipates what steps are needed to provide a premier cut. Users get faster, smarter, interactive modeling integrated into a familiar interface.

“FlowXpert 2016 is based directly on feedback from our customers,” continues Burnham. “The end result of extensive field testing is a smarter system that allows work to be completed in fewer steps with a more intuitive design process. This is powerful, straightforward 3-D, and anyone can use it.”

The integration with the CAM Flow Sequencer module lets users design a part and path it in the same program. Modifying the geometry of a part is possible without losing the path, and the integration with Flow Sequencer will automatically update the path to accommodate the changes. FlowXpert 2016 will detect model and path errors and suggests fixes. The straightforward control means users get cutting faster.

New capabilities in FlowXpert 2016 include:

  • Ability to create full 3-D models and assemblies
  • Optimized pathing, including new pathing algorithms for smarter auto-pathing
  • 1-Click pathing for 2-D files
  • Ability to program directly from the native model without converting file types
  • Fast, versatile sheet metal processing from SpaceClaim
  • Waterjet specific geometry analysis with advanced clean up tools customized to your waterjet

FlowXpert 2016 will be available beginning in the third quarter of 2016.

 

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