Design, nest and cut round, square and rectangular pipes with ease.
Pipe Cutting includes several tools to enable the easy creation of pipe parts:
- Pipe Shape Wizard creates perfect 3D drawings based on mating pipes of any diameter with a multitude of joints at any angle and any size; including T joints, end caps, miter joints, Y joints and through pipes
- Pipe Sizing Wizard automatically sets OD and thickness of standard pipe sizes
- 3D solid model of pipe joints includes disassembly to preview what both sides of the joint will look like
- Flattened view allows for easy design of custom patterns of any shape; including slots and text
- "Ghost" layout in 2D views show feature wrapping with no interruption
- Pipe True-Shape Nesting enables efficient use of material
Smart360™ automatically cuts precision, bolt-quality holes with minimal taper for holes with a diameter to thickness ratio as low as 1:1.
Smart360™ Hole Cutting Technology produces excellent hole quality:
- Auto-recognition of small holes utilizes lower feedrates reducing the internal taper
- Temporarily turns off THC to prevent diving
- Early torch turn-off prevents extraneous marks at the end of hole
- Line-arc lead-in reduces mark at beginning of hole and ensures a uniform feedrate along the entire cutout
- Dynamic kerf compensation enhances the accuracy of each hole
- Can be applied to any small feature—even if it is not a round hole
HPR Auto-Gas Control
Seamless access to all of the HPR controls, gas control, commands and messages, so you can cut precision parts with high definition plasma quickly and easily. Includes Smart360™.
Full system and gas control on HPR 130, 260, 400, 800 Plasma Systems including diagnostics:
- RS-422 connection provides seamless communication between the FlashCut interface and HPR system
- Auto-gas control for mixing the plasma and shield gases
- On-screen control of amperage and pressure
- Separate amperage settings for ramping and full speed cutting
- Seamlessly change from marking to cutting settings on the fly
- Real-time torch status and diagnostics shows status and error messages
- Integrated cut charts for HPR and HSD families
- Precision height control using FlashCut’s Stingray® THC
- Ohmic disconnect circuitry protects system from noise and voltage spikes
- Includes Smart360™ Hole Cutting Technology
Multiple Simultaneous Fabrication Heads
Link multiple oxyfuel or waterjet stations together for simultaneous cutting.
Multiple Simultaneous Fab Heads allows for oxyfuel or waterjet machines to link multiple stations for simultaneous cutting:
- Increase productivity by cutting a part multiple times simultaneously
- Match settings and timing across multiple cutting stations
- Designate a primary station for positioning and process settings
Commonly Used Plate List
FlashCut CAM remembers recently used material and sheet sizes for quick selection.
Customizable Cut Charts
Pre-loaded cut charts from the manufacturer with recommended settings such as feedrate, pierce height, cut height and THC set point can be customized.
Standard plasma cut charts can be overridden with custom values using any spreadsheet editing software.
Advanced Text Tool
The Advanced Text Tool allows for more powerful manipulation of Text in CAD and CAM:
- Enables text to be fitted to curves—great for signs and other artistic work
- Generates toolpaths in CAM without needing to Explode the object into geometry
The Nest Printing feature (included alongside Part Numbers) can create to-scale printouts and part labels for entire nests:
- Enables printing of hard copies for referencing which parts are included in the nest
- Includes ability to print part name/number labels to any standard label sheet for the use of identifying parts
The Part Numbers feature (included alongside Nest Printing) allows visualization of part names or numbers within a nest in both CAM and CNC modes.
Marker and Plasma Marking
Laser Support:-Go from design to toolpath to full CNC control for advanced Laser control automatically adjusts the laser power level with feedrate including acceleration and deceleration. Easily import or draw precision parts and create toolpaths instantly with lead-ins and kerf compensation. includes: • Support positioning mode • Capacitive height sensing • Height sensor calibration • Pre-collision offset • Teo different poser levels for cutting and marking • Dynamic control of power w/ respect to feedrate and acceleration • Programmable machine status monitoring with statud lights • Focal position adjustment of laser head • Focusing lens calibration of laser head • Adjustable height settings for safe height, pierce height, cut height and pierce delay. •
With FlashCut CNC and our integrated CNC/CAD/CAM package you can go from design to toolpath to full CNC control for waterjet including advanced cornering, pump and abrasive controls. Pre-pierce at low pressure for delicate materials such as glass and marble. Advanced cutting formula automatically calculates feedrates and kerf for given material properties. Features • Corner slowdown and small arc slowdown • Multiple pierce options: straight, wiggle, circular • Corner looping • Support for low pressure mode for glass, marble and other delicate materials • Separate pierces and cuts • Support the operation of multiple simultaneous waterjets fab-heads • Advanced formula calculates cut parameters based on material, thickness, abrasive and pump pressure • Torque based zero sensing (Servo Only)
Oxyfuel - All of the gas and ignition controls are at your fingertips from preheat to pierce to XY cutting. Precision gas control makes sharp, accurate cuts. Cut charts for leading brands of oxyfuel torches takes the guesswork out of kerfs and feedrates.
Mill and Router Support
Laser Pointer Hardware and Software
Sleek laser pointer plus software support for using a laser pointer.
Inlcudes laser pointer, mount, cable and software to drive the laser pointer. Great for setting program zero and doing a dry run of a toolpath using the laser pointer instead of cutting with the fabrication head. Distance between laser pointer and fabrication head is automatically compensated for.
Software support for using a laser pointer as well as the Workpiece Alignment feature:
- Includes ability for setting Program Zero using a laser pointer
- Enables a 'laser pointer lock' button to run a toolpath with the laser pointer instead of cutting with the fabrication head
- Automatically compensates X/Y distance between laser pointer and cutting head
- Allows skewing the toolpath to match the material's rotation and provides tools to determine the sheet's angle of skew
Auto Tool Change for spindle
Enables multiple tools to be automatically switched through a program using a rack or carousel tool changer.
Smart Touch Off
Enables additional features to improve the speed of the Touch Off routine.
THC Performance History Chart
A diagnostic tool for height control that displays height data and feedback for the previous ten runs.
Rip Cut is used to execute simple cuts without making a drawing or writing a G-Code program.
Move to Point in Viewport
Enables the ability to click in the Viewport to designate a specified location to move to while in Move To Point mode.
Move-to-point allows you to move (jog) your tool to a specified exact point. You may specify the feed rate to be used for these moves by editing the value in the Feedrate field.
CNC will display a progress bar showing the total estimated time to complete the operation and a countdown of the elapsed time.
Kerf Crossing Detection
Turns off THC while crossing a previous cut on the sheet to prevent unwanted diving.
Rotary Axis Support
Allows the use of and visualization of rotary axes in the CNC Viewport.
Enables the Program Coordinates to be rotated to accommodate a sheet that is skewed on the machine and conform to the dimensions and orientation of the workpiece.
When using 2-point alignment, the position of the tool is used to define two points on the workpiece that define the angle of rotation. The angle of rotation is calculated by comparing the relative positions of two points selected
Motor Current Sensing
Allows for a torque-based material sensing option for servo drive systems.
Run File Forward and Backwards
Runs the program forward and, optionally, in reverse.
This is useful when troubleshooting a program in simulation mode or dry run mode. Not typically used while actually cutting. Some commands are not possible to reverse through; For example, M106(fabhead change) and G611(advanced pierce options).
Dry runs the program in forward or reverse as long as the hollow button is held.
Run a program without cutting.
Jump to Line
This button allows the user to jump or skip ahead to a specific line in the program.
Dynamic ventilation systems sense the location of the cutting head, and only activate the ventilation system in the specific zone where it is needed.
The ventilation system is distributed over several zones, each with a damper that can be opened and closed on command. If your machine is equipped with a dynamic ventilation system, its behavior can be controlled through these settings. For example, by configuring the length of the overlap between adjacent zones, you can ensure that the dampers controlling the airflow to the ventilation system have sufficient time to open and close as the cutting head passes between zones.
Automatic Lead-in on Restart
This option allows for mid-program recovery by cutting an impromptu lead-in whenever the fabrication head is jogged away from the toolpath after a feed hold.
Advanced G-Code Management
Automatically load and run a g-code from a barcode or run a series of g-codes in succession in batch
Advanced file management gives you the ability to automatically load and run a g-code from a barcode or run a series of g-codes in succession in batch mode automatically. Both features are great for streamlining production and minimizing keying errors on the factory floor.
Plasma Communications for Power Max or HPR via RS 485 or RS 422
Enables two-way communication to a variety of plasma models for real-time current, pressure, and gas control as well as error reporting.
FlashCut Integrated StingrayTM THC adjusts Z axis height thousands of times/second.
Maintain a precise distance between the plasma torch and your work. Any pattern, any speed, producing smooth edges, sharp details and high precision. Warped stock, bent stock and corrugated sheet stock are handled with ease.
Automatically adjust leads and cut sequence to prevent torch crashes with material.
Increase productivity, reduce cut time and prevent torch crashes by automatically adjusting leads and cut sequence to prevent torch crashes with material.
Customizable Post Processor
Advanced Small Hole Processing
Automatically reduces feed rate for given small hole size ?
Custom views of Kerf Width, Cut Direction , Toolpath, Rapids and Part Geometry
Cutout or Part Mode
Drag, Delete, Rotate, Copy parts on the nest
Assign Different Operations to each Part
Animated 3D Cutting Simulation
To ensure a clean cut, you may set the torch to continue through a cut along the same toolpath.
To ensure a clean cut, you may set the torch to continue through a cut along the same toolpath. This feature allows you to determine how far this overburn will go. Lead out lines appear after the overburn
Graphical editing of Leadin and Lead out location
Ability to easily edit the strategy or placement of each lead with one simple tool.
There is no need to be an expert on adding lead-in and lead-outs to all of your individual part features. Our CAM software will automatically place them in optimal spots using strategies you define including the size, angle, line vs. arc, and overburn amount. If you want to make any changes to what was auto-generated, you have the ability to easily edit the strategy or placement of each lead with one simple tool.
Part Numbers can be displayed on a nest and printed
Generates a report from the nested parts, estimating material use, waste, and cost.
Generates a report from the nested parts, estimating material use, waste, and cost. Material price can be input directly into the field. All other information is generated automatically from the drawing.
Corner looping minimizes dross on sharp, exterior corners
The toolpath proceeds past the corner and describes a loop to reorient the fab head in the desired direction to cut the next section of the part. May result in a more precise cut at the corner.
The grid nesting function duplicates a part in a grid pattern.
The grid nesting function duplicates a part in a grid pattern. In the parameter window, type in the count of parts that you want to cut along with the X and Y spacing of parts in the grid. The number of rows and columns is determined by the sheet size.
Multi-Sheet and Fill Sheet True Shape Nesting
Nest parts on multiple sheets that are needed for a given nest.
Nest parts on multiple sheets that are needed for a given nest. This allows the operator to load each additional sheet to complete the nest. Fill the sheet is allows you to specify a part or multiple parts and it will automatically fill the sheet.
Import Parts From External File
Automatic Kerf Compensation
True Shape Nesting
Our True Shape Nesting quickly arranges multiple copies of one or more shapes in a manner that minimizes material usage.
The TrueShape nesting function will duplicate, rotate, and translate each part to create a nest that minimizes the amount of material used in a sheet
Arc Fitting Tool
Reduces the number of nodes of a drawing by converting adjacent line segments into arcs.
Greatly simplifies and reduces the size of large artwork drawings by combining many adjacent line segments into arcs within a user given tolerance.
This tool imports a two dimensional DXF or DWG file into the drawing.
- imports lines and arcs from a DXF CAD drawing
Multi Layer Color Import
This tool creates shapes from the source drawing based on color which can be nested.
This tool creates shapes from the source drawing based on color which can be nested. Boundaries between different colors define where the lines are drawn. Each new shape is placed on a unique layer, which is color coded.
Silhouette Image Import
Imports a silhouette image to instantly create a toolpath.
Imports a silhouette image to instantly create a toolpath.
Centerline Image Import
Imports a bitmap image and renders each feature as a single toolpath line down the center of the feature.
Imports a bitmap image and renders each feature as a single toolpath line down the center of the feature. Images with defined lines generally result in a cleaner drawing that requires fewer revisions
Free Form Stretching and Manipulation
Any objects or set of objects can be stretched, positioned, or rotated.
Any objects or set of objects in FlashCut CAD can be stretched, positioned, or rotated by manipulating a set of control points with the cursor, or by entering values using the toolbar.
The tool allows for measurement between any two points.
You can measure entities in one of three modes: as a ruler between points or between entities, or as a protractor between points on an arc. The tool allows for measurement between any two points, and displays offset in X and in Y directions.
Shape Welding Tool
Quickly combine multiple shapes into a single shape
Quickly combine multiple shapes into a single shape. The three available operations:
- Weld (combine) solid areas
- Weld Cutouts
Bridge Entities Tool
Connects two or more objects with a bridge that spans the gap between them
Connects two or more objects with a bridge that spans the gap between them. Can also be used to divide a single object into separate objects. The width of each bridge can be set individually
Easily detects and fixes small breaks or overlaps in any drawing.
The Fix Drawing Tool will easily detect and fix small breaks or overlaps in any drawing - no matter if it was imported from a DXF file or created directly in FlashCut CAD. Once detected, it will draw a circle around the flaw and give you the choice to fix it on your own, or have FlashCut CAD automatically fix it for you. Works on even the tiniest drawing flaws that you cannot see with the naked eye.
FlashCut CNC offers a library of shapes for both simple and complex parts.
Our Shape Library will allow you to make typical everyday parts like gaskets, flanges, covers, etc. in an instant. Each shape can be tailored to your needs using our simple menus. Any part generated from the Shape Library can be further edited using our drawing tools.