Hexagon Metrology PC-DMIS
Hexagon Metrology has announced the launch of PC-DMIS 2013, a significant development release of the world’s most popular metrology software. PC-DMIS focuses on the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data to reduce scrap, improve throughput, reduce costs and build lean manufacturing operations.
Among the enhancements, PC-DMIS 2013 rolls out a major new feature, Width Construction, which facilitates the construction of width features from two opposing sides of a notch, tab, or other similar surface. This new construction is useful for GD&T applications that require the width as a datum in Feature Control Frames. Two dimensional width features can be secondary and tertiary datums, while a 3D width can be used as the primary datum.
Other enhancements include a new ClearanceCube definition that allows collision-free movement around complex geometries without a CAD model. The user simply sets two points at opposing corners of the measurement piece or holding fixture and PC-DMIS 2013 automatically creates the ClearanceCube definition. The same tools may be used to adjust offsets and toggle work-planes or features on and off. Also new for PC-DMIS 2013, Collision Detection Path lines now blink when selected to ensure there are no missed probe collisions.
PC-DMIS 2013 also includes new Solidworks, JT and CATIA v6 Direct CAD Translators, plus updated support for CATIA v5, Pro/Engineer and Unigraphics. It also includes updated Direct CAD Interface support for CATIA v5, Pro/Engineer and Unigraphics.
Enhanced Custom Reporting tools present fast and easy to read interactive gages and graphs to PC-DMIS reports. They allow the user to see the percentage of features out-of-tolerance or near tolerance limits at a glance.
"PC-DMIS 2013 is the next advancement for our flagship software package. It focuses on a continual improvement of the user experience,” states Ken Woodbine, president of the PC-DMIS software division of Hexagon Metrology.