3D Systems has announced the release of version 13 of its Cimatron™ software for mould, die and tool makers. The new version introduces new and enhanced capabilities that the company states can dramatically accelerate productivity.
As part of 3D Systems’ end-to-end solutions, Cimatron is seen as a key component in digital manufacturing workflow, allowing users to optimise their processes and unlock greater productivity on the factory floor. “Cimatron 13 eases the growing pressure tool shops are facing to stay competitive in quality and delivery time,” said Calvin Hur, Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer, Software Products, 3D Systems. “This significant update provides the means for tool shops to create better tools and parts, faster.”
Cimatron 13 was beta tested by Bastech, an Additive Manufacturing services and equipment supplier headquartered in Ohio, USA. Using Cimatron as part of an end-to-end workflow, Bastech accelerated its design process for conformally-cooled injection moulds then used 3D Systems’ ProX® 200 to manufacture the moulds. The finished moulds were inspected prior to use using Geomagic® Control™ 3D inspection software from 3D Systems. This process was reported to introduce savings across the board by not only reducing design time, but cutting the time and cost of manufacturing as well.
“By using Cimatron to design conformal cooling, our process has changed from a very manual, to a very automated approach, saving us 70% on mould design time and cutting our mould costs by 16%, which led to a 14% reduction in injection cycle times and an overall increase in part quality,” stated Ben Staub, President of Bastech. “Cimatron helps our mould-makers make better decisions about how to set up cavities, cores and inserts, before bringing them into reality using 3D Systems’ direct metal 3D printing.”