New pipe and tube cutting software

US-based Hypertherm has released Rotary Tube Pro, software that makes it easier to design and cut tube and pipe parts with no 3D CAD experience required.

The software features a parametric design interface that allows main tubes and side-wall cutouts to be added from a list of predefined shapes.

Alternatively, users can add tubes and cutouts directly from a CAD program. This flexibility means fabricators and manufacturers can enjoy greater productivity by increasing programming speed, and improving cut quality for improved fit-up with fewer secondary operations.

The software also includes an optional rotary bevel interface provided with bevel cut charts based on True Bevel technology, which greatly reduce bevel setup time, the company said. Rotary Tube Pro software includes more embedded cut process expertise in the NC code than other tube and pipe software.

Enhancements include:

  • New 3D geometric modeling engine that delivers a faster, more responsive 3D model when entering dimensions and other properties
  • Ability to import STEP file formats for the quick exchange of 3D objects from one platform to another
  • Cut sequence enhancements that allow for the cutting of interior parts first and improved sequencing flexibility
  • Simplified bevel material selection in which only materials and classes that can be beveled are displayed
  • New setups, spreadsheets and machine files that enhance cut quality and accuracy on beveled tubes

Rotary Tube Pro supports plasma, laser, waterjet, and oxyfuel cutting processes for many popular brands of tube cutting machines, including stand-alone units and cutting table add-ons. In addition, it supports perpendicular cutting as a standard feature and bevel cutting as an optional module.