Package Designer Suite 5.1 Released. Download Available for Registered Users
(December 2011, Sofia, Bulgaria) EngView Systems has released a minor upgrade of its packaging industry software, EngView Package Designer Suite version 5.
The new release, 5.1.12, is available for download for registered users on the company's website.
What's New in Package Designer 5.1
Integration with Adobe® Illustrator®
Spreading artwork across planes in 3-D representation The artwork that designers prepare in Adobe Illustrator to position into designs can now be spread across planes that end up adjacent in the design's final state (visualized in the 3-D representation) but are not adjacent in the design's 2-D state.
Alignment of a machine's coordinate system to that of the design In setting the properties of a machine, you can align its coordinate system to that of the design. For details, see Editing CAM machine settings.
Scaling of drawings Drawings can be scaled when designs are being sent for cutting (usually used for rotary dies).
Offset rounding selection An offset type can be chosen for the objects that are being cut while the line and/or tool widths are observed.
Chase holes' shapes Indication of the selected chase holes Chase holes can now be designed in any shape the user wants. The selected chase holes are now indicated by offsets, which makes them immediately recognizable.
Creating bridge drawings for the stripping tools Bridge drawings for the stripping tools are now created automatically, taking into account preset rules for transferring the styles between the male and the female dies.
Automatic support elements generation Creating support fixtures for the stripping dies is now automatic. Stripping support fixtures are additional elements in the stripping dies — for example, wooden bars or additional elements to the front stripper.
Pooling dieboard projects A pooling functionality has been introduced that manages the combination of individual dieboard jobs that are cut at once. This combining is done in a layout drawing on which all wooden tool projects (cutting dies and stripping dies) are distributed across a single master board. The laying out of the cutting boards can be automatic or manual.
Bridges rearrangement in master board layout Bridges on dies in the master board that share an edge can be additionally rearranged or redesigned, or both, to facilitate the eventual separation of the cut dies. The original bridges can be substituted with new ones in accordance with the applied bridge template.
Ignoring dieboard nicks in conflict tool path zones Dieboard nicks are ignored when bridges in adjoining dieboards share a common tool path.
Individual backgrounds for production-stage drawings Drawings for the production stage — counterplate, varnish blanket and dies — can be given individual backgrounds for easier visual orientation.
Improved design's view side management A right-click context menu from the symbols in the upper left corner in the graphical area allows the editing of the drawing properties, the visualization of the front/rear side and flipping the design.