American Machinist

Get in step with part programming.(Bits & Bytes)

ST-PLAN v1.0 CREATES INDEPENDENT CNC MACHINE control files from STEP (AP-203 or A-214) data. The software program defines tolerances, features, processes, and tool requirements needed for machining.

Developed in conjunction with Honeywell FM&T, ST-Plan offers Honeywell's feature-recognition technology, integrated graphics, advanced database technology, geometric healing, and more.

Feature recognition and the STEP-NC data format expedites the path-planning process, while significantly reducing CNC programming time for 3D CAD models. Furthermore, ST-Plan prepares full-fidelity machining data for any CNC machine tool--eliminating post processors.

An optimal process plan is computed when the required tolerances for the geometry of the part are known. …

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