VTL 3 Features List
Release Date: July 15, 2020.
VTube-LASER 3 is Here!
Read the overview of new features below.
Major New Features in Version 3
NEW - VTube SCAN SCORE Gives Confidence to Users
In VTube-LASER v3, we've added a way to allow users to know if their cylinder scan technique is reasonably consistent with a historical database of tube cylinder scans.
The overall scan score is a composite value from VTube-LASER including wobble deviation, cylindricity, out-of-round%, near pass deviation, and dual cylinder fit uncertainty.
The score value is a percentage where 100% is perfectly consistent. Over 100% shows a better scan than usual. If a score is much lower than 100% then the operator is warned that something may be wrong. He/she may be wise to rescan the part to be sure that the new lower number is the new score norm.
NEW - Multiple-view Tube Drawings in SOLIDWORKS
We've enhanced the SOLIDWORKS BUILDER feature. Customers requested that we allow VTube-LASER to not only build the parametric part - but also a multiple-view orthographic drawing based on that part.
The automatic drawings include one, two, or three views, balloons that point to the intersection points, the XYZ blocks, and the LRA (bender data) blocks.
And it builds the drawings many times faster than could ever be drawn manually.
NEW - Align All Parts in the Assembly Automatically
With version 3, you can now align all secondary parts in the assembly at the same time you align the selected active part.
It's this simple:
Make any tube the active tube the Assembly Controller.
Press the realign button on the Inspection menu.
All secondary parts in the Assembly Control list with an active Align switch will follow the alignment automatically.
NEW - VTube BEND PROFILE RINGS Qualification
Qualifying a bend profile inside the allowed tolerance space is becoming an important metric in some applications for tube fabrication - especially for aerospace and military applications.
For these applications, measuring and documenting that the bend surfaces are inside the nominal bend profile + tolerance is important.
For version 3, the new VTube-LASER bend profile envelope and bend profile ring methods make this qualification easier than ever.
NEW - Rotate and Move the Entire Assembly
Now VTube-LASER can transform (rotate) and translate (move) the active tube in the assembly - and have all other tubes in the assembly follow the transformation rotation or move.
NEW - LRA Spinner Control
The LRA Spinner control is designed to allow you to quickly and repeatedly change the LRA data of a tube and watch the result in real-time.
This control is useful for visually aligning to a model's coil entry and exit rotations.
NEW - Lots of other stuff too
See the list of other items added to VTube-LASER v3.
Now all the floating-point edit boxes let you enter formulas to enter data. Say you want to add 0.375 mm to the X coordinate of 2.5. In that value's box, type 2.5+3/8, and VTube will solve the formula with "2.875"
Every time you perform an alignment, a new Measured Aligned Tube coordinate system is now calculated. This new feature lets you change the coordinate system in the digital readout to align with master PRINT orientation - rather than the arm coordinate system.
Measure Bend Profiles three ways - Inside, Inside/Outside, or Inside/Outside/Top/Bottom
All measured bend radii are now based exclusively on the inside of the bend (not the inside and outside).
Added updated and improved sounds for scanning
Optimized and faster data acquisition (5 times faster)
The inspection user menu was carefully redesigned with an
VTube now tracks and displays the Cylinder Fit data with the project files.
Report on the Bend Profile envelope and other attributes.
Report the Cylinder Fit Data values.
Added a dedicated UNISON SVNet protocol
Added a dedicated Schwartze-Robitec SVNet protocol
Added a dedicated YLM SVNet protocol
The Laser Separation distance changes based on the master tube length.
You can change the Laser Separation distance at any time during the measurement (at the bottom of the yellow instruction box).
Import adjacent bends with no straight (in STEP mode).
Fixed pulldown menus in all grids so that they display all the time and require fewer clicks to pull down (like in the Bend Setup grid).
New automatic reverse-alignment when a user measures a part in reverse.