Next Metrology Software has released Touch DMIS, a touch-based metrology software for coordinate measuring machines.
Developed for both manual and CNC CMM's, including portable devices, TouchDMIS provides a user interface based on smart technology, whereby next suggested functionality is dynamically presented for user confirmation. The company says this minimizes learning time and provides immediate productivity benefits.
The system has reduced the CMM software to just eight function buttons which, when selected, open the appropriate function window. The button is integral in the open window, providing one-touch re-docking. The 64-bit software maintains all windows live even when docked; the multi-threaded software uses Microsoft WPF and DirectX technologies.
All open windows offer "thru-view," allowing sight of displayed graphics; in addition, many windows offer the "flip button" allowing for window flipping to display further advanced functions and capabilities for expert users. The software graphics area bleeds to the edge of the touch screen with all software buttons floating above the graphics.
The Measurement Wizard automatically determines the feature under inspection, negating any user interaction and offering hands-free CMM inspection. Touch selection of graphically displayed measured features launches the Construction Wizard and displays all available legal metrology options from the selected features.
The solution integrates the ISO standard DMIS programming language and presents it in a simple, readable block format, negating the need for users to interact directly with the DMIS language code. TouchDMIS can utilize DMIS programs from older generations of DMIS-based CMM softwares, providing a migration path and full CMM program interoperability.
The CMM Touch & Drag Disc allows go-to path motion to be programmed and individual touch points adjusted within a measured feature.
The optional TouchCAD module simplifies CMM programming when using CAD data and introduces touch-screen manipulation of the CAD model using gesture commands. CAD entities are selected from the model with a single touch. Step and IGES files are imported as standard, and native CAD geometry import from all popular CAD formats is also available.
The solution offers a choice of inspection reporting functions include blueprint reporting, traditional analytical and graphical reporting, as well as SPC, Excel and XML outputs.
TouchDMIS is available as an upgrade to existing coordinate measuring machines or on new CMM's through OEM partnerships.
For more information, visit Next Metrology Software.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.