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Striker Systems’ latest release of FAB Professional, its sheet metal nesting and CAD/CAM software, has achieved certification for Autodesk Inventor 2011 Digital Prototyping software.

FAB Professional is designed for sheet metal manufacturers to automate the programming of CNC punching and cutting machines.

It integrates with Autodesk Inventor 2011 software via Striker’s Partshare system.

Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Inventor software gives manufacturers the ability to digitally design, visualise and simulate how a product will work under real-world conditions before it is built, which helps reduce cost and speeds the time to market.

Partshare provides direct access from Autodesk Inventor software to FAB Professional’s sheet metal nesting library.

Parts can be added to the nesting library individually or, alternatively, entire Inventor assemblies can be processed.

Partshare extracts data from the Inventor models to ensure that the correct part revisions are being manufactured, that raw materials are being properly allocated and that parts are being routed to the required CNC punching or cutting operations.

FAB Professional’s Partshare interface for the Autodesk Inventor 2011 software is said to provide true, real-time integration between engineering and manufacturing functions.

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