SA International (SAi), a provider of software solutions for professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing, and CAD/CAM machining industries, has introduced an upgraded version of its EnRoute solution – the EnRoute 23 – to expand the capabilities of users and take the software to new application sectors.
Along with more than 20 new features, SAi’s EnRoute 23 CAD/CAM design software is the first iteration of a new product strategy – annual updates to deliver more features and refinements to users on a basis. These users typically span those in CNC woodworking, sign making, and fabrication companies, as well as nested-based manufacturing users.
“The launch of EnRoute 23 is another major step in the evolution of this software and many of the new features have been developed based on requests from users who are being asked to provide more complex work by their customers,” says Eyal Friedman, VP, Product Management at SAi. “Faced with both time and price pressures, users will find these most recent changes especially attractive. At the same time, these new capabilities will enable more types of jobs to be done and take EnRoute into new applications and industries with similar operational needs,” Friedman continues.
Setup manager – This application enables users to configure the menus and toolbars of EnRoute 23 to display the tools necessary for specific jobs, giving a clean, custom dashboard for ease of use. These custom configurations can be saved for repeat jobs.
New profile tools – Support for ogee and beading tools has been developed for expanded capabilities. SAi has added sample tools to the tool library to enable users to quickly begin using them. In addition, DXF and PDF files can now be used to define tools by users.
Simulation of profile tools – This new feature enables users to ensure that results are what they expect before cutting by displaying a graphic representation of the toolpath. This tool will save time and expensive material waste.
Corner fine – One of the drawbacks of CNC routing occurs when cutting inside corners when the internal corner radius is that of the radius of the profile tool. The corner fine capability is built into Hatch, Island, and Spiral fills and enables the selection of smaller radius (ball-nose) end mill tools to achieve sharp internal corners.
Peeled pole texture – Woodworkers producing rustic furniture and home décor will welcome this new parametric texture that delivers the “peeled pole” effect. The tool gives users control of pole diameters, uniformity, faceting, and surface finish.
The host of other new features and capabilities included in EnRoute 23 – no-lift tool pathing, color and centerline vectorizations, and improved nesting capabilities with cut time estimates – are all part of this exciting new software. Other practical features include a unit converter for accurate unit conversions, including inches/second to mm/minute, which will benefit users around the world.
In addition, the new component maker tool and box maker wizard enable users to handle these applications with greater ease and speed.
EnRoute 23 begins its worldwide roll-out in January 2023, and is available for traditional purchase or via SAi’s flexible subscription program.