I'm excited to share that we've launched a brand new update to OCTOPUZ! Our key focus of this update was improving how we support programming for cutting and machining applications. Our host of new features means you'll be spending less time in your CAM software and more time programming your robots in OCTOPUZ.
Without further ado, here's what we've done...
We've added several new features to our Create Path tool, specifically tailored for easy creation of complex cutting and machining paths.
First, some big changes our Edge & Curve selection method. We've added a Hover preview to our Edge & Curve selection method, to view path and tool orientation prior to making a selection. We also improved the way multiple selections are handled by automatically trimming the path is selections overlap, and your new selections should now follow your mouse click as you'd expect. Finally, some improvements to our detection algorithm means generally better path results.
With our "Floor-Wall" selection method, we added the ability to create paths on outside edges. And made several backend improvements to our detection algorithm, which means fewer situations where we fail to detect a path.
We also improved our offset performance, which means better expected results on corners and closed loops when applying a floor and/or wall offset. On an inside corner, overlapping points are automatically removed, and on an outside corner, points are offset equally (and no longer connected diagonally).
Finally, we added a bunch of new tool axis control settings, starting with a new tool alignment method: Base Frame Z. This alignment option sets the alignment of all path points along the Z-axis, relative to the selected base frame.
Another critical need for cutting and machining applications is the ability to smoothly blend into your cutting or machining path. To tackle this, we designed an entirely new lead shape: tangent arc motions.
The Approach and Departure lead points can be set to a Tangent Arc shape, which creates a series of linear points to form an arc. A multitude of new settings enable you to create your tangent arc lead motions exactly as you need them, including their size, angle, extension, and rotation.
Finally, each lead point can now set a unique direction. And while we were at it, we redesigned our Leads panel layout to make it far easier to navigate.
We've heard your feedback! A delivery of one of our most requested features, you can now select multiple statement points and update them together in our Point Editor. Set your point speed and rounding, change your tool orientation, add tool commands, and much more.
There is also a brand new tool in Point Editor: Set Tool Orientation. This tool will touch-up the orientation of the tool for all selected points to match the current tool orientation in the 3D world.
But we didn't stop at these awesome new cutting and machining features. We've also added a bunch of other new features that you should know (and care) about:
This OCTOPUZ update is now available to download for all customers with an active OCTOPUZ software plan.