Logopress3 Strip Layout takes full advantage of solids. While you can integrate surfacing as well of course, users really appreciate the fact that when the strip is complete, it looks as if it came out of the die. This is especially important with coining and multiple thickness materials, but is also valuable with constant thickness parts. Strip Layout includes robust tools for multiple parts in a strip, mirrored parts, blank nesting, Excel spreadsheet with quoting information, tonnage calculation, springback/overbend with automatic radius calculation, automatic internal punch creation, automated trim punch creation, etc...
Logopress3 Tool Design includes many tools that make SolidWorks more efficient to use, as well as the tools that it brings that are specific to tool design. Our Tool Structure includes an "assembly manager" and "mate manager", making editing assemblies and mating very simple and efficient. Also included is our Logopress3 BLANK finite element analysis software, animation and dynamic interference detection, 123GO Advanced intelligent component library, punch mounting (cut clearance in all plates simultaneously), punch mismatches, automation of 2D and 3D form punches, automatic creation of 2D drawings, Logopress3 hole tables, Logopress3 BOM (bill of materials), automatic sequential balloon numbering, etc, etc...
In the series of videos below: We create the strip layout you see in the second pic in less than 16 minutes. We go on to create 2D and 3D form punches in another 8 minutes. We go on to create the tool that you see pictured below, including many of the drawings and the BOM (Bill of Materials). All of this is accomplished in a little over an hour-and-a-half.
1) (5:56) Before using the Strip Layout module with non round parts, you need to "get the part ready". "Getting the part ready" should not be confused with the Logopress3 automated command "Part preparation before strip starting".
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2) (9:55) Once the part is ready and Part preparation before strip starting is run, the strip layout is created. This is also the time when cutting punches pierce punches are added to the strip. Form punches are optional to add at this time or they can be added during tool creation.
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3) (8:19) This is an example of adding both 2D and 3D form punches to the strip assembly rather than adding them during the tool creation. The pros to adding them at this point are you can more easily communicate the strip to others with the form punches in the strip, you can more easily see yourself whether you have room for the form punches and finally, there is less clutter in the way because the tool isn't around the form punches.
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4) (9:12) Logopress3 Tool Structure is used to automatically mate the strip assembly into the die assembly and then insert plates. Logopress3's "mate manager" is demonstrated. A stock tray with rails is adjusted in Tool Structure. Cutting punches are "mounted", that is, all holes are cut through all plates with proper clearances and punches that were in the strip are derived and inserted into the upper assembly. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
5) (9:31) Sketches merging tool is used. Standard components are inserted using 123GO Advanced Intelligent Component Library including: Spool pad retainers, socket head cap screws, dowels and nitrogen cylinders. Cylindrical punches are mounted along with die buttons, cutting all openings throughout the die and creating components. Automatic patterning is demonstrated as is spring force computation center. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
6) (9:49) Another 2D form punch is added and the Logopress3 "Add an insert" command is demonstrated along with "Sketch fillet management" to convert the chamfers on the insert to radii on the die block. More screws and dowels are added using automatic patterning. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
7) (6:19) Design review changes are made, including changing 3/8 screws to 1/2", counterboring them deeper and adding additional screws in a matter of a little over 60 seconds. Ball bearing demountable guide posts are changed to Danly type II demountable ball bearing posts in a matter of 1 1/2 minutes, including cutting all holes new and adding tapped holes around posts for clamps. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
8) (9:57) Intelligent animation and Dynamic interference detection are demonstrated, showing the die operating as if it were in the press with no setup whatsoever other than adding press stroke, stripper travel and strip lift. Isolation of interference is shown, apart from the rest of the tool. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
9) (9:57) The proper steps for updating are demonstrated after development of the tool. One edge is made bigger on the part and one smaller. Also, the legs of an internal U shaped cut are made longer by 0.125" on the dumb imported model that was received from the customer using the SolidWorks "Move face" command. Then, after activating the Logopress3 command "Update the annex part used in the strip", the strip is automatically updated, as are the cuts through the die. (The cutting punch sketch sometimes needs manual editing.) This updating takes place in less than ten minutes. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
10) (1:53) The fact that most of the drawings are being created automatically in the background as you are modeling the die is demonstrated. A hole table is added to the die block and such things as notes in the hole table for "SF for dowel" and PF for die button" are automatically populated, due to Logopress3's 123GO Advanced Intelligent Component Library - all of this in less than two minutes. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
11) (9:57) A 3D form insert for the emboss is added to the die plate using the Logopress3 "Add an insert" command. "Sketch fillet management" is demonstrated again. In slightly over two minutes, a 3D emboss form punch is created from scratch and all openings are automatically cut through the punch retainer and stripper with proper offsets. Wire EDM start holes are added (less dimensions) and the parametric nature of drawings is demonstrated as we switch windows back to the die block we had previously shown. We are automatically prompted with "The document has changed: do you want to update the tables? Hole Table 1" and when we answer Yes, the Wire EDM start holes are automatically added to the end of the hole table and labeled on the face of the die block in the drawing. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page
12) (8:58) The Logopress3 BOM (Bill of Materials) is created and it is demonstrated that the drawing that will contain this BOM has been automatically generated in the background already, along with the title block being populated already. The use of SolidWorks Display states as well as SolidWorks balloons is demonstrated. The features of the Logopress 3 BOM are demonstrated including the fact that it uses an automatic bounding box to determine the size of parts, even on the 3D shaped punches. The Logopress3 BOM is very flexible and allows several numbering schemes. The user can lock numbers at any time so that they don't get new numbers assigned. You can separate the purchased components such as nitrogen cylinders, punches, spool pad retainers, sensors, etc. and give them their own specific number range outside of the normal range of parts. Finally, the option to create balloons that are all in numerical order is demonstrated. >>>>There is NO PREVIEW PICTURE for the video below by design.<<<< Top of page