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QMT Products: November 2008
Enhanced PC-based probing software for machine tool users

Renishaw's Productivity+ Active Editor Pro, which brings easy programming and a powerful macro suite to machine tool probe users worldwide, has been significantly upgraded with the release of version 1.4. The new version of Active Editor Pro dramatically increases the number of users who can benefit from its simple programming style, by adding support for CAD models from a large variety of CAD formats, and extending the range of postprocessors.

In addition, the new 'constructed features' function (for prismatic parts with multiple circles and planes), along with support for many more languages, open up new possibilities for flexible part programming and bring process control into the reach of more CNC machine tool users than ever before.

Renishaw's range of Productivity+ software allows the machine tool to automatically update itself based on measurements it has made. For example, the machine can find a component, or identify a wrongly-loaded part, with no user input required. The level of detail is up to the programmer to decide - from simple job set-up through to advanced process control and reporting, the Productivity+ software allows the easy creation of automatic routines on the machine.

Productivity+ Active Editor Pro is an interactive CAD-based editor for programming probing tasks on machine tools, bringing a wide range of benefits to all probe users - whether they are experienced or absolute first-timers.
By adding a wide range of import capabilities into Active Editor Pro, Renishaw has opened up the benefits of simple programming to a large number of users - all of whom can now program parts using the software's easy feature-based point and click system.

The new CAD formats include Parasolid, STEP and IGES as standard items, with the option to add support for Pro/Engineer, Catia (v4 and 5), UG/NX .prt files, ACIS, SolidWorks and Inventor files. Loading files without intermediate conversions means a much faster workflow when developing new programs.

Productivity+ Active Editor Pro 1.4 also adds the ability to update the machine tool using "virtual" (or constructed) features, which have been built from other measured features. 'Constructed Circle' allows users to create PCD features using drag-and-drop functionality - and to use the real-life dimensions of that PCD to adjust the operation of the machine tool.

The new 'Constructed Plane' feature is ideal for measuring complex components before levelling them using the Productivity+ 4th-axis levelling function. It allows parts with many islands on a plane to be aligned accurately.

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