Today we're kicking off the new year in a big way with a new update to OCTOPUZ! In this update, we concentrated on improving one of our most popular feature sets introduced last year: Transform.
We've had such a positive response to Transform since we released it, as so many of our users shared with us how it has significantly reduced robot programming time when it comes to repeated robot operations. Based on your incredible feedback, this is our next step in the evolution of Transform.
To start, we wanted to simplify the steps needed to program two or more robots in a single work cell. So now, path statements can be transformed from one robot to any other robot in the cell.
Built directly into our existing Transform tools, simply select the robot on which you want your transformed statements to be created. Then, select where you want to transform your statements (say you want to mirror all your statements performed by your first robot onto the other side of your part to be performed by your second robot), and you're done. Those transformed paths now belong to a subprogram on your other robot, and you're ready to simulate the two robots moving together.
There are three common ways to move an object in space. Typically referred to as transformations, it can be translated, mirrored, or rotated. We could already transform your statements in two of these ways, via translating (we called this Copy), and mirroring. And now we can do all three.
We've designed a new Transform Type, aptly called Rotate, which can quickly transform one or more original statements by creating multiple copies of these statements around an axis.
Select your axis (consisting of an Origin selection and a Normal selection), set a rotation angle, and watch as up to 25 statement copies are created in different locations around that axis.
But (of course), we didn't stop our improvements at Transform.
In another big improvement, we've added an entirely new ribbon tab, Process, which enhances how we model and manage products, processes, and production flow in simulation environments. With Process Modeling, several modeling tasks can now be completed as visual workflows, minimizing the need for manual programming.
With the Product Type Editor, you can define and organize your production products and product groups; these are the actual products moving through your assembly.
Next, the Process Editor manages the behaviours of your production steps and other processes. For example, your product may be moved off a conveyor by a robot, and loading into a CNC machine for milling.
Finally, the Process Flow Editor (or interaction directly in the 3D world) defines the flow or sequence of how your product groups will follow through your assembly processes.
In addition to the everything above, here's a short roundup of some other changes we've made:
This OCTOPUZ update is now available to download for all customers with an active OCTOPUZ software plan.