SAi launches EnRoute 23 with new features

First major upgrade since EnRoute 7

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EnRoute 23 CAD/CAM software has been introduced to expand the capabilities of users

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.

New features

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3D Simulation of toolpaths enables users to quickly make sure that their results when cutting will be as expected

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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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