WireWare is a comprehensive software solution for CNC wire forming. With integrated CAD, CAM, and postprocessing capabilities for CNC motion planning, it provides an intuitive interface that allows users to go from art to part in a matter of minutes.
WireWare is designed to work independently, enabling users to seamlessly import design files from CAD software and export post-CAM processed shapes back into CAD. This ensures maximum flexibility and efficiency throughout the wire forming process. With its user-friendly interface and advanced capabilities, WireWare is the ultimate solution for streamlining CNC wire forming.
Prior to WireWare software, programming for CNC wire bending required a specialized technician. Wire forming has traditionally been a niche and forgotten category of manufacturing with a CAD software tailored for wire parts, or a CAM software for CNC machines. As a result, the entire wire forming process has typically been either programmed by hand or made with compromises using tools intended for other manufacturing processes. The design and development of WireWare software focused on removing programming barriers so that anyone, not just the designated technician, can input and bend the wire shape they want. This is a software truly dedicated to CNC wire bending applications.
Wire forming using a CNC machine involves a series of challenges, such as accommodating for unique materials as input, the creation of parts, the lack of a dedicated CAM software, and the need for post-processing algorithms to convert intent into motor motion. Designing wire forms that can actually be bent in a CNC machine is difficult to model in CAD because current CAD software does not accommodate for the creation of 3D curves in space that account for the radii of bends and other CNC machine limitations that need to be addressed. Therefore forming using traditional CNC wire benders is a significantly time-consuming process that involves programming each step in replicating the part drawing, which is acceptable for mass production, but entirely unworkable for making unique parts every time.
WireWare software offers a comprehensive solution to these challenges, allowing users to seamlessly create parts or import design files from most CAD software and generate the CAM path in a seamless workflow. The software's user experience is centered around intuitive part creation, eliminating the need to work in machine language (no specialized technician required!). WireWare also offers post-processing algorithms that compensate for the spring back of the wire, the radius of bend, and other material properties, allowing for accurate part production.
A simple and intuitive user interface is a crucial factor in the sale of CNC wire forming software. Demonstrating the ability to bend typical parts is an effective proof-point, showing potential buyers that programming the software is simple and user-friendly. The WireWare interface was designed to be both modern and professional, with a focus on ease-of-use and intuitiveness. Given the complexity of driving a CNC machine with seven motion axes, the interface was designed to present information in layers, so as not to overwhelm the user.
The primary focus of the interface is on part creation, with additional layers available for machine status, material properties, and under-the-hood settings. Users have the flexibility to dive as deeply into these settings as they wish, or simply create a part and bend it with minimal programming required. Overall, the WireWare interface offers a balance of simplicity and depth, allowing users to create wire-formed parts with ease and efficiency, while providing access to advanced features for more experienced users.
In summary, WireWare offers an intuitive part creation software that enables users to create a part, use it in their preferred CAD program, and output it accurately in the CNC bender. The user-friendly interface and advanced capabilities of WireWare streamline the wire forming process, eliminate guesswork, and reduce production time; making it easy and accessible for a broader range of users.