Radan Product History

Listed below are the previous releases of Radan, to view what features where introduced in each of the releases click the buttons below.

Radan Version 2016

RADAN 2016

 

General

Radan CAD/CAM 2016 is now available as a 64bit version for installation on new systems.
 

3D CAD:

Import and Export

Import and export of many of the supported 3D file formats are now done using a common translation technology. This will make it easier in future releases to keep the software up to date with the latest file format versions. It also improves the software's ability to extract material details for setting the part's Manufacturing Properties.
This version of the software supports import of CATIA V5 R25, Creo Parametric version 3.0, Inventor 2015, Parasolid version 27, SolidWorks 2015, and Unigraphics NX 10 files.

3D Side Panel

Radan 3D now features a ‘Side Panel’ that allows the user to quickly analyse the 3D model on the screen. This can be useful when importing 3rd party assemblies and removing parts that are not of interest.

The panel can show the contents of the model as a list or as a tree, showing the assembly structure if present. In Selection mode, parts selected in the side panel are highlighted in the 3D window and parts selected in the 3D window are selected in the side panel. The user can perform a number of actions from the side panel, including delete, change name, material and visibility.
 

Profiling:

Open Profiles

Automatic tooling now allows the user to specify a start condition to open profiles. In the automatic tooling dialog, a new page shows the parameters to specify the details. Start conditions can also be set for sheet scrap cuts and offcuts.

Cutting Conditions

Cutting conditions are now represented in a more user-friendly form, allowing shorter familiarization times for new users and providing more clarity and consistency for existing users. Actions assigned to colors are now set in one single location, giving instant feedback to the user.
 

Punching:

Automatic Tooling Mode

Most applicable when creating NC programs for punching machines, the user can now use the automatic tooling routines for selected profiles on a part or on a nest. This way, the user can use automation to its full extent and easily vary the settings for a single or a group of profiles.

Importing Settings

New options in material specific dialogs allow the user to easily copy settings from different materials to the current application.
 

2D Geometry:

2D Import

In Radan CAD/CAM 2016, the user has more control over how geometry is translated from 2D DXF and DWG files. Using very specific parameters or using broad generalisations, the output can be tailored to suit a more automated process. Geometry on specific layers can be ignored or transformed using detailed output settings.

Raster to Vector

In Radan CAD/CAM 2016, a new import option allows bitmaps to be imported – the resulting geometry can be imported as a new part or drawing. A number of options allow the graphics to be manipulated to suit before the translation into vector graphics is performed.
 

NEW SETUP SHEETS:

XtraReports

In Radan CAD/CAM 2016, the user can use a new WYSIWYG report design to tailor the information on machine setup sheets to suit the exact needs. The reports can include graphics, charts, bar codes and QR codes and the designer is easy to use with a short learning curve.

 

RADBEND:

Minimum Flange Definition

Radbend 2016 has improved handling for small flanges. The calculations used to determine the minimum flange length that can be bent with a die have been improved. When the user manually selects a die and the software detects that the flange to be bent is smaller than the minimum length allowed for the selected die, the message shown explains this clearly.

Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) Support

Radbend 2016 further improves on the support for LVD TOOLCELL machines, allowing a nominal gap to be introduced between the tool parts.

Manual Tool Selection “Heel tool usage”

The new options/status in manual tool selection shows usage of heel parts and angle measurement parts. The user can force the usage of heel tools and or 1, 2 or 3 measurement tool parts while entering the required length and apply.

Unfold values for Hemming

Unfold values for hems are not easy to setup in bending tables in CAD systems because the process is quite different from air bending. Setback is undefined for 180 degree hem bends and neutral axis values can’t be extrapolated for (very) small radii. In Radbend 2016 you can setup unfold values based on values found in practice but independent of specific designed radii.

 

 

Radan Version 2015

RADAN Version 2015

 

3D CAD:

Import and Export

Import and export of many of the supported 3D file formats are now done using a common translation technology. This will make it easier in future releases to keep the software up to date with the latest file format versions. It also improves the software's ability to extract material details for setting the part's Manufacturing Properties.
This version of the software supports import of CATIA V5 R24, Creo Parametric version 2.0, Inventor 2015, Parasolid version 26, SolidWorks 2014, and Unigraphics NX 9 files.

Accuracy

Support for material names and automatic thickness calculation has been greatly enhanced which will improve automation.

Top Face

To further aid automation, the user can now specify the ‘top face’, i.e. the face that is to be considered top during the cutting and bending process.

Flat to Fold

The flat to fold module has been greatly enhanced to use extended geometry properties for analysis of the flat blank and a more stream lines process to create the final 3D part from 2D geometry.

 

Punching:

Tool Stations

The user can now – per tool – specify preferred tool stations. This will greatly reduce the need to configure and manage ‘standard turrets’ when using the system. Each tool station can also be designated as ‘specialised’, i.e. only tools of specific types may be loaded.

Sheet Deformation

New functionality allows automatic reduction of sheet deformation by altering the punching sequence.

Automatic Canned Cycles

This version allows users to make use of the machine’s canned cycles more automatically to reduce the memory usage of a program.

 

Profiling:

Undercut Lead-ins

For tight-fitting purposes, lead-ins can now be ‘under-cut’, removing the need for any manual finishing when the cutout has a tight fitting tolerance.

Heat Avoidance

A new approach will allow the user to easily specify a cutting sequence that automatically reduces the heat build-up in a nest.
 

Nesting:

Rectangular Nesting

Radan’s rectangular nesting algorithm has been replaced with a version that is faster, more controllable and – most importantly – produces better results. The new algorithm is automatically applied for parts that are more or less rectangular in shape.

Optimization

The user can now control the nester to produce more stable sheets, and/or more useable remnants.
 

Material Handling:

Sheet Loading

Support for sheet loading devices and manual sheet loading has been greatly enhanced.

Part Removal

Support for part removal devices such as part pickers has been enhanced to perform more validation checks to ensure more safe and reliable removal of parts and scrap.

 

RADBEND:

System Control:

Radbend now offers the user new configuration tools through the user interface to further optimize the bending processes.

Technology

Creating and managing heel tools has been made more intuitive and Radbend now offers more control over the hemming process.

 
 
 

 

 

Radan Version 2014

RADAN Latest Release 2014

3D CAD:

Import and Export

Import and export of many of the supported 3D file formats are now done using a common translation technology. This will make it easier in future releases to keep the software up to date with the latest file format versions. It also improves the software's ability to extract material details for setting the part's Manufacturing Properties.

This version of the software supports import of CATIA V5 R23, Creo Parametric version 2, Inventor 2013, Parasolid version 25, SolidWorks 2013, and Unigraphics NX 8.5 files.

Automatic Unfolding

There is a powerful new facility to automate the process of unfolding 3D parts and enter them to the nest parts list. Simply clicking a new button in the 3D toolbar will unfold all the parts in the current assembly and its sub-assemblies, using default settings for new developments. If any part fails to unfold then a warning is shown, to allow you to investigate the problem. Parts that are not required for nesting can easily be excluded.

2D CAD:

Patterns in Splitter Window

The Patterns and Patterns List dialogs have been replaced by a Patterns panel in the right-hand splitter window. The Patterns button in the main toolbar now shows or hides that panel. A number of different views of the drawing's pattern structure are available, including a Tree view. The context menu (on the right mouse button) and buttons above the panel provide all the same functions as were in the old dialogs. Most of these functions apply to the patterns that are currently selected in the panel.

Special Geometry Properties

In Part Drafting mode, if you are working with an unfolded 3D part that has bend lines, a Special Properties panel is shown in the right-hand splitter window. The panel lists the bends that are present in the part. When you select one or more bends in the panel, those lines are drawn normally in the graphics while the remainder of the part is dimmed.

 

AutoTooling:

Scrap Cuts in Apertures

For profiling machines, automatic tooling can now add scrap cuts in the apertures of parts. This offers an alternative to tagging for pieces of part scrap that are at risk of tipping. Both horizontal and vertical scrap cuts may be added, with a lead-in for each cut.

Cluster or Gang Tools

For punching machines, automatic tooling can now use cluster tools for punching groups of holes simultaneously.

Common Cut Parts

For punching machines, support for common line cutting has been improved when using automatic tooling on a nest. Specifically, mid-line tags are now created correctly in common cuts.

For punching machines, you may now force autotooling to place a mid-line tag at a particular position in a common cut by marking the desired location.

 

Tooling:

Asymmetric Wheel Tools

Asymmetric wheel tools are now better supported in manual tooling. The available types of wheel tool now have customizable template graphics for drawing the tool symbols.

Sheet Cutting

The Sheet Scrapping and Offcuts dialog may now be used to add scrap cuts and offcuts to non-rectangular sheets, and to sheets that have holes.

 

Nesting:

Common Line Cutting

Options for common line cutting in the Multi-Part Nesting dialog, which were formerly available for profiling machines only, are now available for punching machines as well.

In manual nesting, the 'Common cut' checkbox is now available when placing parts in the nest both for punching machines and for profiling machines. The Clearances for Manual Nesting dialog allows the common cut gap width to be changed.

 

Workflow Status:

New status icons inform the user of outstanding tasks when nesting and preparing parts, making the workflow in Radan more intuitive and improving the efficiency by automating obvious tasks.

 

NC Programming:

Graphics and User Interface

When preparing an NC program in Radan 2014, the user is assisted by updated graphics and new visibility modes which greatly increase efficiency and feedback. Changes in settings are immediately reflected in the current view giving greater security for complex programs and a more intuitive interface for new and occasional users.

Further changes give a more ‘friendly’ appearance to detailed information, further allowing easier adaptation of the software.

Sheet Cutting

The Sheet Scrapping and Offcuts dialog may now be used to add scrap cuts and offcuts to non-rectangular sheets, and to sheets that have holes.

 

Tooling:

Asymmetric Wheel Tools

Asymmetric wheel tools are now better supported in manual tooling. The available types of wheel tool now have customizable template graphics for drawing the tool symbols.

Simulation

Making full use of the improved graphics, the new simulation mode allows detailed investigation of the cutting sequence, as well a quick and fluent overall overview of how the sheet will be processed.

Time Estimates

New technology in Radan 2014 ensures run time estimates from new and re-configured existing postprocessors to achieve a significantly higher accuracy than was possible before.

 

Installation:

The program that installs the software onto server and client computers has been replaced.

 

Radan Version 2013

RADAN Latest Release 2013

General:

Multi-Tools

A new approach to the definition of multi-tools allows the user to apply multi-tools in a more flexible manner than ever before. By regarding the multi-tool as a tool and a turret, the concept feels more ‘natural’ – both in the way multi-tools are configured in the system and when used in the software.

Material and File Names

The limits for the lengths of material and file names have been increased. Material names up to 100 characters are now valid, and file names up to 125 characters are supported.

Single Click Region Selection

In Radan 2013, geometry can be selected using just a single click. This new selection method can be used to copy geometry (jump to cursor) or grabbing parts.

 

Nesting:

Single Part Layout

Single part layout has been fully integrated in the nest projects environment. A new setting is available in the SPL dialog to specify whether or not to allow overproduction. Where multiple sheets are needed, SPL will generate a sheet count that will or will not satisfy the batch quantity. Where not enough parts are required to fill a sheet, if overproduction is not allowed the sheet will be left half-empty.

The SPL dialog can now be used to edit a nest produced by the automatic nester with only a single part on it, to modify clearances, etc., which has not been possible previously.

Part Identification

Parts in nest projects now have color assigned to them. The chosen color can be linked to any property of the part to be nested. The nesting colors are also used when generating the setup sheet.

 

Radan 3D and Radbend:

3D

Third-party file formats can now be imported by ‘dropping’ a file onto the 3D window. The resulting parts will be placed at the current work space. The user confirms the material before the import is completed, along with the thickness if this is not to be calculated automatically.

SolidWorks and Inventor

Radan 3D and Radbend support the direct import of SolidWorks 2013 and Inventor 2013 files.

Radbend

New Radbend CAD interfaces for Inventor and SolidWorks have been introduced, so Radbend can be used a bend simulation tool for engineering.

Radan 3D and Radbend

The improved connection between Radan 3D and Radbend allows parametric programming of parts. After a change to the 3D model in Radan 3D, the Radbend program (tool selection and fingerstop positioning) is automatically updated.

 

 

Radan Version 2012 R2

Punching:

Offcuts

Our unique and powerful approach to creating offcuts for profiling machines has now been introduced for punching and combination machines.

Users with punching or combination machines can now specify the exact dimensions of offcuts that they wish to keep, not only saving money in materials but also saving time and money on the shop floor.

Naturally avoiding the clamps and using an intelligent approach to tagging, settings are stored per material thickness and strategy which inlcudes the choice between profiling and punching on combination machines.

Tool Lists

Following feedback from customers we have made enhancements to the interactive and dynamic tool list that was introduced in 2012 R1. Users will notice enhanced performance and functionality.

A similar list has been introduced in nest mode. Whilst in order mode, the same technology has been used to improve user experience.

 

Ease of Use:

Alphanumeric Standard Tool Loading Files

To improve the user experience when using STL files, the user can now specify the files using names rather than just numbers.

Geometry Selection by profile:

To facilitate feature selection, a new selection method is available, which allows entire profiles (open or closed) to be selected with a single click.

 

Nesting:

Rectangular Nesting

As part of our continued investment in our world class nester, Radan 2012 R2 introduces a completely new algorithm for near-rectangular parts.

Customisable Columns

The user can now freely configure the information shown in any of the lists used in the Radan software, these lists can then also be grouped according to the user's needs.

 

Quick Estimates:

Radan 2012 R2 enables the results of Quick estimates to now be stored in the part/drawing attributes, which in turn means they can be shown on nest project reports or html set up sheets.

 

Face Selection with Radbend

Selecting a part in Radan 3D to be transferred to Radbend is now more robust and repeatable. By default, the user only selects the part to be transferred, Radan 3D will select the most optimal face-edge-vertex combination.

The user can manually override the selection using the 'Pick' option and revert to the automatic selection using the 'Auto' option.

The selection is stored in the part for repeatability.

 

Radan Version 2012 R1

Profiling:

Enhanced Tagging

  

Significant developments in Radan 2012 R1 offer more control when automatically applying tags and micro joints for profiling machines.

Settings for micro joints and tags can now optionally be configured in the Rules and Styles, which effectively means that the application and style of tagging can be made dependent on the size and type of profile.

The end of a profile can be defined as an overburn or tag.

Bridge Cutting

To save pierce time on thick materials, parts can now be joined using ‘bridges’. A small bridge (either with a gap or overlapping) is added between two external profiles which will join them together
 

Interactive Tool List:

A new interactive and dynamic tool list offers users programming punching or combination machines an unprecedented level of assistance. It allows the user to easily view, verify and manipulate the tool selection applied to a part.

Nesting:

Sheet Priorities

Expanding on from material utilization introduced in the previous release greater efficiency and cost savings can be made with the introduction of sheet priorities in 2012 R2 .This additional functionality allows a priority to be set against a sheet size, which ensures that this sheet size will be used before other sheet sizes are considered, sheets sizes with the same priority will then be compared on utilization.

Common Part Properties

The parts list in automatic nesting can now be more easily manipulated by either using the new bulk-edit or the existing individual edit functions.

Improved Documentation

Optionally filled parts and sheets increase the readability of the graphical documents created within Radan, with thumbnails now always drawn with a white background users will be ensured consistent graphics regardless of the individuals user’s screen preferences.


New Nesting for Common Cutting:

Intelligent nesting for complex parts

Radan 2012 R1 provides users with greater control over the nesting process when common cutting is involved. Introducing the Same Part option allows that the user to specify the maximum number of the identical parts that it wants nested together using common cutting, the customer can have multiple shapes per sheet, and by utilizing the Same Part option the nester will find the right pattern for numerous shapes while keeping each shape within its specified batch as well as allowing for the best common cut, improving machine times and use of consumables.
 


Updated Unfolding with Radbend

Creating NC code for a press brake or even just to verify manufacturability can have implications regarding the bend allowances used during the unfolding process. Enhancements to unfolding within Radbend means that the 3D model is now automatically updated with the information from Radbend and can be unfolded within the correct parameters as specified.

Radan Version 2011 R2

CLS Licensing:

CLS 2011 R2 includes support for Customer Notifications. The different notification types and the frequency of delivery can be configured per user. The dialog also displays a history of recent messages


2D File Import:

2011 R2 now allows a list of layer names to be specified in DXF or DWG files. therefore if a layer in the DXF or DWG files matches an entry on the list then that individual layer can be brought across and converted. If none of the layers in the file match any entry in the list then all layers will be brought across and converted.


3D Part Unfolding

Optionally the behaviour of 3D unfolding in 2011 R2 can be altered. This change allows the user to have greater control over the unfolding process. Previously when unfolding a 3D part, if there were some bending parameters missing the software would silently calculate these in the background. 2011 R2 now gives the user the option to be warned of any missing parameters.


3D File Import

Radan 2011 R2  welcomes the upgrade to the R21 ACIS Kernel. This upgrade enables Radan to bring both the Catia V5 and Parasolid translators up to date, so R20 and version 22 will be used respectively. In addition to this files from Pro/E Wildfire 5 are also supported.

Below is an overview of the supported 3D file types:

  • ACIS R21
  • IGES  
  • STEP
  • Autodesk Inventor 2011
  • SolidWorks 2011
  • Solid Edge v20
  • Parasolid v22
  • Catia V4 4.2.4
  • Catia V5 R20
  • Pro/Engineer Wildfire 5
  • Unigraphics NX5

Nest Projects:

Exclusion of Parts, Sheets and Remnants:
To gain more control over specific parts and sheet sizes, the user can exclude specific items from automatic nesting. To ensure the users individual requirements are taken into account they have the ability to set "Priority Parts" .


Multi Part Symbols:

2011 R2 now has additional functionality that enables the nester to recognize and use multi part symbols. By allowing the nester to recognize multi part symbols 2011 R2 will ensure that the correct parts are being made in the correct amounts, it will recognize that they are individual parts rather than one large part, allowing the user greater flexibility and control over the nest and production as a whole.
 

Remnants:  

Utilization Premium

2011 R2 provides the users with the ability to set rules within the system to ensure that maximum sheet utilization is achieved. If required, the user can specify that remnants should be preferred over rectangular sheets in automatic nesting. In 2011 R2, a value can be applied to remnants, this value represents the maximum percentage which the user is prepared to sacrifice of the remnants when they are being directly compared to rectangular sheets
 

Publish Remnants

A new publish remnants button allows remnants to be published into a central folder. The user can decide whether or not to publish the remnants as soon as the nest has been created as opposed to waiting until the part has been produced. After the remnants have been released the nest project should not really change, if it is this could cause problems with remnants that have already been used. 2011 R2 will provide a warning if the nest is changed or someone attempts to delete it after the remnants have been published. The user can then see if the remnants have been claimed by another operative and take appropriate action


Machine Set up:

Improving machine set up time is an obvious way to save both time and money and Radan software is no exception. 2011 R2  optimizes the tool selection, preventing unnecessary tool changes. In addition to this 2011 R2 increases users' flexibility when it comes to stacking parts. Previous Radan releases would stop the machine tool from operating if the stack was going to get too high, in this release a notification system now alerts the operator to the fact that they will need to remove parts part way through production, but Radan will let production continue.


Infrastructure

There have been additional enhancements to the infrastructure of Radan 2011 R2, such as:

  • Upgrade to visual Studio 2010
  • New ACIS Kernel

Radan Version 2011 R1

Import Utility

2D DXF & DWG files can now be easily converted and added to either the nest schedule or the current nest project. It combines the operations of converting and setting material properties and nest parameters in one easy to use user interface.

Nest Projects

A new icon in the Nests area of the Nest Projects GUI allows various reports to be generated from the current Nest Project using report templates.
The following report templates are supplied:

  • Material Summary: this report shows a summary of the sheets and remnants used in the project, as well as any remnants that have been generated from the nests.
  • Nest Overview: shows all nests in the project and the parts nested on them.
  • Nest Summary: shows all nests in the project with material, utilization and cycle time information.
  • Part Overview: shows the parts in the project and on which nest(s) they can be found.
  • Part Summary: shows a summary of the parts and quantities nested in the Nest Project.

Nest Results

Building on the nesting engine that was introduced in 2010 R2, the nester is now fully multi threaded. The nester will automatically use all available processing power while it searches for the best arrangements of parts on the sheet. The result is a faster more effective nester that provides you with excellent material utilization.Program Reduction

Radan 2011 R1 also sees the return of Program Reduction, this is now available when using both the Rectangular Nester and the True Shape Nester. Program Reduction aims to reduce the number of different nests that are generate, rather than reduce the amount of material use. In some cases, using Program Reduction has even been seen to improve the overall material utilization.

Quick Estimates

Now available in 2011 R1, Quick Estimates will give you the ability to calculate an estimate of the costs of your parts. The Quick Estimates will take the following costs into consideration:

  • Material cost
  • Machine setup cost
  • Machine run time cost
  • Labour cost

Quick Estimates can be used with individual parts, nests or nests projects.

.NET Framework

Customers of Radan have been able to add plug-ins using VBA since the release of Radan 05, with the release of 2011 R1 plug-ins can now be written in any language that is supported by .NET.
 


Get the most from the latest release!

Attend one of 2011 R1 upgrade courses to ensure you get the most out of the latest release - for available dates visit the training section.

Radan Version 2010 R2

2D CAD

A number of enhancements to 2D CAD include:

  • Now able to import AutoCAD 2010 DWG & DXF files.
  • Proxy objects now are displayed in Radan.
  • The automatic correction of minor errors in DXF files, increasing reliability of imports.
     

Nesting Performance

Helping you get more metal for your money!

  • New part arrangements -  Ground breaking enhancements to the nesting software, enables intelligent analysis of the sheet material in order to find the most effective way of arranging parts for nesting.
     

Nesting Engine

The flexibility offered by the new nester has enabled Radan to add new features that will be of significant interest to users including:

  • Nesting in apertures setting
  • Part placement options
  • Part mirroring
  • Nesting parts with multiple external profiles
     

Results Report

The nester produces a clear summary and a detailed report which is available immediately after nesting or at a later stage. It will assist by:

  • Providing a summary of what has been completed
     
  • Giving an option to view a more detailed report
  • Saving time by helping if errors were made

Radan Version 2010 R1

2D CAD Enhancements

A number of enhancements to 2D CAD greatly reduce editing time.

  • Line previews
  • Previews for parallel features and profiles
  • Single - click partial delete

 

3D CAD Enhancements

Incorporating the latest technology is paying off   

  • New ACIS 19 Kernel
  • Printing of 3D views
  • New translators for:     
    Parasolid V20
    Catia V5 R19
    Pro/E Wildfire 4

DXF Import

No longer lost in translation

  • Improved Support for
    - Dimensional Tolerances
    - Special Characters
    - Regions

Saving Material Made Easy

  • Single Part Nester now uses true shapes
  • Punching features under the clamps are automatically split

Maximum Control During Nesting

Building on the newly introduced Nest Projects interface, parts, sheets and nests of verying materials can now be easily managed.

  • Material Matching (filtering)
  • Grouping of parts and nests according to any property

Massive steps forward in programming complex machine tools

  • Alternative Strategies allow the software to propose the ideal part removal strategy.
  • Improved constraining makes automating the machining process easy and safe
  • The powerful automatic sequencing routines are now available at your finger tips.