toolcraft AG, Georgensgmünd, Germany, has partnered with BCT Steuerungs- und DV-Systeme GmbH and Janus Engineering AG to create an interface between OpenARMS and Siemens NX. Toolcraft can use the OpenARMS software as a machine-oriented solution to precisely adapt tool paths during the further machining of additively manufactured components.
Until now, however, there was no interface to Siemens NX, which could make the transition from engineering to manufacturing difficult. In close coordination and cooperation between Janus, BCT and toolcraft, this interface was designed and ultimately programmed and implemented by JANUS. Measuring points can be selected directly on the CAD model in the Siemens NX environment and the measuring operation can be transferred to OpenARMS via the interface with one click. The automated, adaptive post-processing can then take place on the component by OpenARMS. This has enabled toolcraft to advance the automation of the manufacturing process chain for additively manufactured components.
In the future, toolcraft intends to continue cooperation with BCT and JANUS to explore and unlock other areas of potential offered by interface programming. Plans are already in place to develop a training course on this topic at AMbitious – a business area of toolcraft specialising in training, consulting and software in the area of additive manufacturing. This will act as a ‘one-stop training’ for Siemens NX and OpenARMS.