Manufacturing Preparation

Preparation is half the battle

The add-ons from the manufacturing preparation category are specifically intended for optimal preparation of the CAD model for all subsequent NC processes in die, mold and model manufacturing. Faster, more reliable and more cost-effective processing. Depending on the requirement, these add-ons can be combined with add-ons from other categories such as NC Automation.

Manufacturing Preparation


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The Active Surface Preparation add-on lets you prepare geometrically exact parts without the need for workaround definition of NC attributes such as machining allowances or wall thickness (pressure and relief areas). You can easily generate contour surfaces. The generated geometry can be used directly for NC manufacturing. Recommended in conjunction with the Exact Solid Preparation add-on. 


  • Time savings and high degree of reliability, as no wall thickness attributes have to be defined during NC programming
  • Greater reliability, as offset surfaces can be validly checked for collisions without virtual machining allowances
  • Simplified NC programming, as exact surfaces can be easily split up in milling areas
  • Enables efficient quality checking with NC-controlled checking methods
  • Time benefits in try-out, as springback compensation can be easily incorporated in exact geometric surfaces
  • Exact part geometry enables the use of high feed-rate cutters (HFC tools)


  • All manufacturing-specific machining allowances are designed in the surface
  • Conveniently generate contour surfaces


  • Cutting and restriking tools
  • Large components such as cutting attachments
  • Small components such as trim steels and jaws
  • Machining allowances in mold manufacturing (mold inserts)
  • Clearing in core box in casting model manufacturing

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