ModuleWorks, supplier of CAD/CAM software components, and Energid, software supplier for cooperative and high-axis robotic systems, have extended their partnership. The two companies already supply CAM developers with solutions for subtractive and additive robotic manufacturing and are now extending and intensifying this cooperation to accelerate the development of automated, customized workflows for robotic manufacturing.
“Energid is a recognized expert for ultrafast kinematics solutions”, says Lothar Glasmacher, Head of Additive & Process Technologies at ModuleWorks”. “Together, we want to bring robotics toolpath planning to the next level. Robot programming should become standard and no longer a niche application in manufacturing processes.”
Example of robotic welding using Energid Actin with integrated ModuleWorks components
The cooperation combines the functionality of the Energid Actin software for complex kinematic scenarios with the latest ModuleWorks toolpath calculation algorithms, 3D simulation and NC-code post-processing software. The combined software generates high-performance, collision-free toolpaths with minimal operator intervention for highly automated and efficient manufacturing. Automatic collision avoidance and path planning for more than 6-axes is built into the ModuleWorks APIs for simplified integration and fast development of complex robot-assisted additive, welding and dispensing solutions with automatic NC-code posting.
“Energid’s long relationship with ModuleWorks has enabled the implementation of powerful, individualized solutions for customers in a very short time”, says Neil Tardella, President of Energid.“We’re excited to extend our partnership and look forward to future projects using our combined technologies to meet customers evolving requirements”.
ModuleWorks is the leading software component provider for the digital manufacturing industry. With over 200 employees and 1000 person-years of software development, ’ expertise in toolpath creation and simulation is recognized throughout the industry and its software components are already optimizing the performance and quality of over 500,000 installed seats of CAD/CAM and CNC software around the world. From standard products to exclusive development projects, ModuleWorks helps companies to bring their vision of Industry 4.0 to life. With its comprehensive portfolio of cutting-edge software components, ModuleWorks enables its customers to optimize their CAD/CAM solutions and connect to CNC/MTB systems to increase their competitiveness and help them Get There Faster.
Founded in 2001, Energid brings its NASA engineering roots to provide highly sophisticated motion control for industrial, medical, commercial, collaborative, and consumer robotic systems. Energid provides Actin: the industry’s premier commercial software development kit (SDK) and tasking framework that supports real-time, advanced motion control. For developers of robotic systems in dynamic environments, on moving platforms, using multiple arms or manipulators, or with unpredictable or varying workpieces or orientations, Energid offers differentiation and dramatically faster time to market. Energid is a division of Universal Robots—a Teradyne Company.
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