The latest STRIKER CAD/CAM & nesting software is out. The 2018 version includes a comprehensive programming and nesting solution that addresses the unique requirements of CNC punching. STRIKER 2018's objective is to provide complete punch programming automation.
“Automating CNC punch programming can be much more difficult than automating laser programming,” states Mike Boggs, Striker Systems’ VP of Sales. “With a multitude of tooling, tool placement, and machine options, the biggest challenge to automation can be optimum tool selection and fit.” Special tools, tool sequencing, micro-joint placement, drop door support, and sheet repositioning must also be taken into consideration. STRIKER CAD/CAM has always included advanced automatic punching algorithms as well as flexible tool substitution capability. Release 2018 further refines this technology to minimize or eliminate user intervention in the tooling process.
“The level of programming automation that can ultimately be achieved is dependent on many factors,” says Boggs, “but it all hinges on a properly tooled part.” STRIKER CAD/CAM provides extensive configuration options that adapt to particular punching techniques and can also remember punching preferences over time to become increasingly automated. The result is a reduction in programming time and increased throughput in CNC punching operations.