ESAB upgrades Columbus III software and CutCloud

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ESAB upgrades Columbus III software and CutCloudESAB Welding & Cutting Products demonstrated its new Columbus III version 1.6 CAD/CAM software for mechanised cutting at EuroBLECH, which took place in Hannover, German in October. The new ESAB CutCloud 3.0 version utilises Microsoft Azure IoT and the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC, which respectively allow for on-premise, hybrid and cloud based architectures and functionality to import and visualise machine data.

Columbus III version 1.6 now includes the ability to calculate offers and orders for customers based on actual production data. An easy-to-use cost calculator enables fabricators to enter cost variables, such as costs for machine time per hour, cutting process (including associated consumables), preparation, programming and materials. After nesting parts using built-in design tools or importing a parts nest, Columbus III can calculate costs based on length, duration or weight of material cut. Data can be exported to Excel and used for future cost calculations.

Additional new functions include keyboard shortcuts to move and rotate a parts nest in user-defined increments, rotating the parts nest and/or plate orientation to consider grain direction, a new colour to clearly delineate Cut Rapid mode (fastest cut without regard for edge quality) and a Direct Mode function that allows dragging lines over parts to quickly and easily sequence them.

Holger Hahn, Global Product Marketing Manager Application Software, ESAB says: “Our continuous improvements reflect the input we obtain from our two-day Columbus III user group meeting, held annually at our Karben, Germany location. With our software developers connecting directly with users, we are able to make many improvements each year, which helps keep Columbus III one of the most successful software suites for mechanised cutting.”

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