In Part 2 of the series on “Factors to Consider When Choosing a CAD/CAM Nesting Software Solution”, we will be addressing a few more questions that will help you make a decision on the best software solution for your cutting requirements.
Can the CAD/CAM Software Be Customised?
Purchasing CAD/CAM software that is modular can be beneficial to your business. This will offer you the flexibility to make any changes if the need arises. The flexibility of the architecture will guarantee that you pay for the options and features that you actually need and will use.
What Are the Particulars About CAD Import and Part Creation?
Almost all CAD/CAM nesting programs have the ability to import regular DWG and DXF CAD files. Many advanced software are equipped with their 2-D CAD programs that are integrated and in case you want to use 3-D CAD for part creation, then you must consider if the software can import the 3-D CAD directly.
What Are the Other Ways to Increase Productivity?
Find out if collision avoidance is supported by the nesting software. This helps to avoid tip-ups of the part and reduces the cut-to-cut time drastically. Also, check if the system has a skeleton cut-up facility. This allows the skeleton material to be removed easily and safely from the cutting table and you can also recycle it.
Will the CAD/CAM Software Work with the Existing MRP or ERP System?
In case you already have an existing MRP (manufacturing resource planning) or ERP (enterprise resource planning) system, it will be greatly advantageous to integrate the existing software with the new CAD/CAM software. However, you must keep in mind that only advanced versions of the CAD/CAM software will support the MRP/ERP integration.
What Are the Other Features to Be Considered?
Hundreds of features are offered by any CAD/CAM software that caters to the various requirements of the customer and applications. You must review the product specifically and select one that is suitable for all your cutting requirements.
What Is the After-Sales Support and Training Offered?
The after-sales support offered by the software developer is a very important aspect to be considered. Questions you must ask when you purchase the software are: Is support included in the purchase? Are there any limits to the support given? What is the kind of training offered? Are there online videos, training modules, etc.? Are the software updates free of cost or are they chargeable?
When deciding on the right CAD/CAM nesting software for your cutting system, you must ensure that you get answers to all your questions before purchase. This will help to save you any trouble later on and allow your business get best results from the software.