RADAN Product History

Listed below are the previous releases of RADAN, to view what features where introduced in each of the releases click the buttons below.

RADAN Version 2020.0

RADAN Version 2020.0


RADAN CADCAM 2020 is only available as a 64-bit version – it is not possible to install this version on a 32-bit operating system.

3D CAD | Import and Export

This version of the software supports import of Inventor 2019, Solid Edge 2019 (ST11), SolidWorks 2019.

RADAN CADCAM | Nesting Workflow

All users who use RADAN to create nests now benefit from the more visual nesting environment that nest projects offer – but without the upfront setup this used to require. Now, as soon as the user enters nest mode, the familiar nest projects interface layout appears.

RADAN CADCAM | Project Templates

Nest projects and project templates can now be machine specific making it even easier to create a new nest or switch from nesting for one machine to another.

RADAN CADCAM | Importing Existing Nests

Users can now import existing nests into their nest project to make use of work that has already done.

RADAN CADCAM | Single Part Layout

RADAN 2020 makes it very easy to combine the rich user experience of nest projects with the flexibility and speed of single part layout as a nesting method. Whether the parts are already in the nest project or not, the user never breaks their flow.

RADAN CADCAM | New Punching Tool Type

A new punching tool type has been added to support ‘flattening tools’.

RADAN CADCAM | Configure

The Configure menu is now available in more modes, making it faster to access machine settings or to change the active machine tool.

RADAN | Radbend – Intermediate Bends

Intermediate bends are bend operations that are split up in two steps, where the start/end bend operation is split up again. They can now be used to solve challenging bends like hems.

RADAN | Radbend – Holes Near Bends

A new option will check for holes near bends in the clamp position phase while checking for collisions in background or in full simulation and act as any other collision check (which can be ignored or cause the batch process to fail).

RADAN | Radtube – Common Cutting

When legacy parts are opened, and they do not have the Common Line Cutting flags set, they are now automatically marked if the ends are suitable for common cutting.

RADAN | Radtube – Multinest Optimisation

A new control is now available when using Multinest that allows the user to optimise for time or material usage.

RADAN | Radtube – Reporting

Radtube now uses the same standard reporting tool as the other RADAN products, allowing access to charting tools, QR codes, etc.

RADAN | Radquote – Material Calculations

Radquote 2020.0 now uses the new nesting engine to calculate the material utilisation of irregularly shaped parts, increasing the change of winning the order. No user setting is required.

RADAN | Radquote – Automatic Export of Order Information

Radquote can be configured to automatically export information if a quote is turned into an order. The export formats available are:

  • PDF
  • Comma delimited (.CSV)
  • Plain text (.TXT)
  • Excel (.XLS or .XLSX)

RADAN | Radquote – 3D File Support

Radquote now automatically imports and unfolds 3D parts ready for quoting.


RADAN Version 2019 R1

RADAN Version 2019 R1

Radquote | Access

A significant update in RADAN 2019 R1 makes the popular Radquote function easily accessible to different categories of employees.  Radquote users are generally not the staff who program machine tools with RADAN. So Radquote is made completely standalone and easy to use by anyone – automatically using machine technology for the quote, with Radquote calculating the accurate cycle time and the best material usage. This achieves an accurate quote every time, providing consistency and transparency, irrespective of who is producing the quote.

Radquote | Quoting Aspects

Radquote not only competitively calculates costing on sheet metal, but all aspects of quoting are now included – such as cutting, bending, welding, painting and assembly.

It’s also been enhanced to effectively deal with DXF files and also, soon, 3D files, as well as geometry that hasn’t been created yet. For example, if a component contains a number of holes, Radquote can produce a quote based on that information, without needing to know exactly where the holes are.

Radquote | ERP Systems

Radquote also links seamlessly with most ERP systems, particularly WORKPLAN. This means that if there’s a material price rise recorded in the ERP system, Radquote will utilise that information.

RADAN CAD/CAM Enhancements

RADAN CAD/CAM is a key area where click habits have been reviewed and advanced for simpler use – saving time and refining business processes. Part preparation is a time-consuming task and some operations have been reduced from two clicks to one, to apply settings.

Nest Mode | Grab Part

The Grab Part In Nest mode function, to change a part in nesting mode, has also been simplified saving average users an estimated minimum of 50 clicks per day.

Material Cost Saving

2019 R1 also provides material cost saving through importing remnants via the Raster to Vector function, and a stronger web option. Import a remnant via Raster to Vector can be used to eliminate wasting expensive remnants, such as specialised metals which can’t be scrapped. Users can now take a photograph of the sheet and bring it into the CAM system, giving the approximate dimensions, to use later. The system then draws a remnant with that shape cut out and you can use it again.

Batch Nest Function Enhancements

The Batch Nest function now benefits from a stronger web option which allows parts to be nested evenly across a sheet. This is optimised for the best cut option, where nothing else will fit on the sheet, and is particularly useful to stop sheets moving on punch presses, while preventing heat build-up on lasers by ensuring an adequate space between parts.

Radbend Updates

Three important updates feature in Radbend, including: improved automatic fingerstop positioning for sharp-angled parts; pre-selection of the bend process depending on the tool selection; and filter tool profiles.

Filter Tool Profiles: While every tool purchased is in Radbend’s tool library, it can also now show tools filtered according to manufacturer. It also shows all the tools capable of producing the required bend. To reduce that list even further, you can set additional filters. ‘Available,’ is for all tools in the system; ‘Valid’ are tools that would fit the job; and ‘Mapped’ shows tools which are already programmed and ready to go onto a specific machine. Mapped tools are particularly valuable for identifying what tool is available on which machine and in saving time, as setting up a tool involves measuring, and maybe even carrying out test bends, which can take around 20 minutes.

Radm-ax Updates

Radm-ax developments include automatic heat avoidance, hazard avoidance and common line cutting. A new cutting sequence for heat avoidance has been added to prevent heat build-up in the component. Improvements to hazard avoidance, calculating a better and safer path around hazards, and an increase in the ability to cut more difficult angles, such as 30-degree angles, with common line cutting, will also benefit production times.


RADAN Version 2018 R2

RADAN Version 2018 R2


RADAN CAD/CAM 2018 R2 is only available as a 64-bit version – it is not possible to install this version on a 32-bit operating system.

3D CAD | Import and Export

This version of the software supports import of Inventor 2018, Solid Edge ST10, SolidWorks 2018.

2D CAM | Setup Sheets

All setup sheets data is now available in nest project reports; this enables the user to issue a complete pack of information to the shop floor with one click.

Part Pickers

RADAN 2018 R2 now has improved support for part pickers with symmetrical arms.

Grid Nesting

A new feature in manual nesting allows the user to quickly place down rectangular grids of parts.

Reverse Cutting Direction

In certain situations, the cutting process can be improved by reversing the cutting direction on a part. This can now easily be achieved using a new function in RADAN 2018 R2.

Radquote Purchased Parts

Radquote now offers full support for purchased parts. A purchased part can have a single purchase price set and any number of associated documents, such as PDF files and drawings.

Material Cost Options

The user can now choose from three different methods for calculating the material cost of a sheet metal part. In addition, all options are shown clearly with their associated cost.


New automation options allow parts to be automatically generated from CSV files third party geometry files. This can be used when importing quotes and orders into the system and it greatly shortens the process involved.

Batch Bending

Radpro 2018 R2 can now automatically process 3D parts for multiple press brakes. This automates all steps from import, sequence calculation, to generating the NC programs.

Radbend | Automation

To support batch bending, but also to offer greater flexibility to the user, it is now possible to specify the automation settings per machine tool.

DIN Unfolding

Radbend 2018 R2 now allows DIN values to be applied to sharp bends on parts. This is most important when the result radius differs from the design radius, where the design intent isn’t clear.

Radm-ax/Radtube | Common Cutting

Radtube 2018 R2 now supports common line cutting for tubes, to optimise material usage and cutting time. The user can specify which end (or both) of a tube is suitable for common cutting.

Auto-Cut Review

A new screen has been added which allows the user to view and change cut properties before the tool paths are calculated.

Clone Change Points

The user can now duplicate change points very easily by copying the properties from an existing change point.


RADAN Version 2018 R1

RADAN Version 2018 R1


RADAN CAD/CAM 2018 R1 is only available as a 64-bit version – it is not possible to install this version on a 32-bit operating system.


Import and Export

This version of the software supports import of Solid Edge ST9, Creo Parametric version 4.0, Inventor 2017, SolidWorks 2017, and Unigraphics NX 11 files.

Chamfered Holes and Unfolding

When unfolding 3D sheet metal parts, any chamfered or formed holes on flat sheets will be represented by two profiles. The smaller profile (the hole) will be output in the pen specified for inner profiles, while the larger profile will be output in the pen specified for forms.

Note that all holes on non-flat sheets will still be represented by a single profile.


The option ‘Rectangular Offcuts’ cuts the unused area on the sheet up into rectangular remnants, as specified using ideal widths, ideal heights and the minimum size.

A tight offcut preserves the unused area of the sheet as a single remnant.

PUNCHING | Offcut Control

For punching machines, it is now possible to auto order parts and offcuts separately in order mode, even when they use the same tools, by specifying separate window Punch commands in the auto order style. The window Punch command may now use the following options:

  • 'Offcuts' means do the offcut tooling features
  • 'No-offcuts' means do all tooling features except the offcuts


When changing machine tool, the strategy (if applicable) and Standard Tool Loading file will be updated to their current values for the selected machine (or to MDB/system data-specified default values if they have not yet been set for the selected machine). The tooling (and annotation on a nest) for the selected machine will also be shown.

If the selected machine supports strategies then you can also change the currently selected strategy using the Change Strategy... button. If the Standard Tool Loading file has not yet been set for this machine then it will be updated to its MDB/system data-specified default value; if it has been set already, but to a value different to its MDB/system data-specified default value, then the software will ask whether or not to continue using the value already set.

NESTING | New Batch Mode

RADAN 2018 R1 now offers a new approach to nesting that focuses on optimising the utilisation across a batch of nests (multiple nests). The new option is currently only available for profiling machines and can be found in the Multi-Part Nesting dialog.


Merge Co-Aligned Edges

Automatic fingerstop selection has been changed to combine co-aligned edges into one combined edge, filtering out small notches and crossing perpendicular bend-zones. This will reduce the number of unwanted alternative positions and possibly create new positions that meet minimum length requirements.

Maximum Gap for Combining Faces

The options menu now has a setting to control the maximum allowed gap for combining the edges. This defaults to the smallest flat fingerstop positioning face on a fingerstop minus the minimum overlap.

Previously any gap would lead to separate positioning faces and could result in a not optimal fingerstop placement (left). Radbend 2018 now applies the default gap (30mm) and combines the edges into one positioning face allowing the fingerstop to be in the middle.

Minimize Z-movements

With option “Minimize Z-axis movements” on, the fingerstop selection will try to select the same fingerstop Z-axis positions for as any bends as possible. This will reduce the amount of Z-axis movements between bends. This can enhance the security and be helpful avoiding slow axis movements on some machines.


Saving Individual Files from Assemblies

New options are available when saving files from assemblies.

Review Detected Cuts

During Auto Cut a new window allows you to exclude cuts, assign properties and change technology to any group of cuts before the tooling is created.

RADPRO | Assembly Support

Assemblies are now supported in Radpro, and indicated on the parts list.
Assemblies can be created manually by:

  • Adding subparts to a part - use the + button in the Assemblies tab
  • CSV import - remember to set your configuration properly
  • 3D CAD file import using drag and drop or via the import buttons

In some cases, 3D source files do not include separate files for the sub parts. When this is detected we create SAT files for each part and assign them to the sub parts. This means you can continue to process the files with minimal fuss.


RADAN Version 2017

RADAN Version 2017

Radmanager’s strength is that it creates nests without the user necessarily needing to know where the parts come from, what the order numbers are, or which customer they are for.

“In RADAN 2017, Radmanager’s ability to manage both 2D and 3D engineering of parts is the precursor to the entirely new forthcoming engineering system for any type of parts, including 5-axis laser-cut sheet metal, tubes, flat, and bent.”

The forthcoming Radquote, which is now available as a preview will be demonstrated at exhibitions and pilot customer sites ahead of its official launch. Radquote will also rely on engineered parts.

2D CAD files can also be imported automatically into Radmanager now, without the need to convert them.

CAD/CAM Updates

RADAN 2017 addresses danger of scrap flying off, sliding under the sheet, or damaging the tools on punching machines, by flagging up where floating scrap will occur.
The Automatic Order Style Editor now shows graphically what the program is going to do, enabling users to home in on a particular operation to make changes. This is seen as a major improvement on the previous text-based system.

Still with punch presses, RADAN 2017 configures machine tools with all available cutting tools, so that new customers have commonly used tools immediately available.


A side panel was introduced in a previous version of RADAN which aids navigation around complex assemblies, but there was still a need to travel between the two. A new facility in RADAN 2017 allows the user to stay with the model, and to immediately switch between front view, side view, top view etc.

The graphics drawing has been speeded up. As an example, Olaf Körner explains that in earlier releases, deleting all screws in an assembly may take a while after they were selected, but now he says the software will always deliver a quick and consistent frame rate. The 3D function also supports modern graphics cards more efficiently, improving performance on tablets.

The process of updating information between Radbend and RADAN 3D has now been automated. “A design is analysed in Radbend, and then the bend information it provides fed back into the 3D model. This used to be a process that the user performed in a number of steps. Now, once the part has been identified, it’s a simple mouse click to update the information.”


Improved algorithms have led to an important enhancement of RADAN’s powerful nesting capabilities. “Continuous effort is applied to further strengthen the nesting engine to achieve a better fit, and therefore, a potentially better material yield.”
With an increasing number of users adopting project nesting, a new reporting engine ensures users can easily customise the content and design of their reports.

It is also easier now to create nest projects, thanks to the new template function. Olaf Körner says: “Existing project settings can be stored with a given name, and recalled at any time. “Even creating nest projects for the same machine tool sometimes required repetitive work, but now everything the user needs will be there, saving quite a number of steps.”


Autotooling routines are now more efficient in placing tags, or microjoints, for common cutting.

And the foil cutting function has been extended to scrap, ensuring that where sheets are covered with a protective foil for laser cutting, clean cuts can be made for scrap, too.


Radbend now highlights where holes are at risk of deforming by being close to bends.

Also, the operator can switch between Design and Result Values. “This is particularly valuable where Radbend shows the end result of a radius, for example, may be different from how it’s designed. Selecting which values gives the user more control over the finished bend, depending on whether it’s vital that they stay with the design values, or if the end result values are acceptable.”

For the first time, the user can now check with different maximum allowed force for the pre-bend and the hemming operation done with same tools.

Improved communication between 3D and 2D parts ensures that Radbend can now link to the 2D flatblanks created by RADAN 3D. It also means that with more information going to the flatblank, 2D bends can easily be seen – the tooling and sequence number, as well as the radius, angle and setback.

Also, Radbend now supports the new user interface, Touchpoint TruBend, which combines the advantages of multi-touch technology with industrial control…as all Trumpf pressbrakes will move to this state-of-the-art controller.


While Radtube has traditionally been used for simply cutting tubes, it can also program any extruded shape for tube cutters, including I-beams, H-beams and C-beams, along with L-shaped profiles. “Because cutting a round or square tube is completely different from working with more complex beams and profiles, we’ve assisted the user with this by vastly improving automation and support.”

Summing up RADAN 2017, Olaf Körner says the items of new and enhanced functionality provide immediate improvements for sheet metal manufacturers, while underlining the intention to continue investing heavily in the software.



RADAN Version 2016

RADAN 2016



RADAN CAD/CAM 2016 is now available as a 64bit version for installation on new systems.


Import and Export

Import and export of many of the supported 3D file formats are now done using a common translation technology. This will make it easier in future releases to keep the software up to date with the latest file format versions. It also improves the software's ability to extract material details for setting the part's Manufacturing Properties.
This version of the software supports import of CATIA V5 R25, Creo Parametric version 3.0, Inventor 2015, Parasolid version 27, SolidWorks 2015, and Unigraphics NX 10 files.

3D Side Panel

RADAN 3D now features a ‘Side Panel’ that allows the user to quickly analyse the 3D model on the screen. This can be useful when importing 3rd party assemblies and removing parts that are not of interest.

The panel can show the contents of the model as a list or as a tree, showing the assembly structure if present. In Selection mode, parts selected in the side panel are highlighted in the 3D window and parts selected in the 3D window are selected in the side panel. The user can perform a number of actions from the side panel, including delete, change name, material and visibility.


Open Profiles

Automatic tooling now allows the user to specify a start condition to open profiles. In the automatic tooling dialog, a new page shows the parameters to specify the details. Start conditions can also be set for sheet scrap cuts and offcuts.

Cutting Conditions

Cutting conditions are now represented in a more user-friendly form, allowing shorter familiarisation times for new users and providing more clarity and consistency for existing users. Actions assigned to colours are now set in one single location, giving instant feedback to the user.


Automatic Tooling Mode

Most applicable when creating NC programs for punching machines, the user can now use the automatic tooling routines for selected profiles on a part or on a nest. This way, the user can use automation to its full extent and easily vary the settings for a single or a group of profiles.

Importing Settings

New options in material specific dialogs allow the user to easily copy settings from different materials to the current application.

2D Geometry:

2D Import

In RADAN CAD/CAM 2016, the user has more control over how geometry is translated from 2D DXF and DWG files. Using very specific parameters or using broad generalisations, the output can be tailored to suit a more automated process. Geometry on specific layers can be ignored or transformed using detailed output settings.

Raster to Vector

In RADAN CAD/CAM 2016, a new import option allows bitmaps to be imported – the resulting geometry can be imported as a new part or drawing. A number of options allow the graphics to be manipulated to suit before the translation into vector graphics is performed.



In RADAN CAD/CAM 2016, the user can use a new WYSIWYG report design to tailor the information on machine setup sheets to suit the exact needs. The reports can include graphics, charts, bar codes and QR codes and the designer is easy to use with a short learning curve.



Minimum Flange Definition

Radbend 2016 has improved handling for small flanges. The calculations used to determine the minimum flange length that can be bent with a die have been improved. When the user manually selects a die and the software detects that the flange to be bent is smaller than the minimum length allowed for the selected die, the message shown explains this clearly.

Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) Support

Radbend 2016 further improves on the support for LVD TOOLCELL machines, allowing a nominal gap to be introduced between the tool parts.

Manual Tool Selection “Heel tool usage”

The new options/status in manual tool selection shows usage of heel parts and angle measurement parts. The user can force the usage of heel tools and or 1, 2 or 3 measurement tool parts while entering the required length and apply.

Unfold values for Hemming

Unfold values for hems are not easy to setup in bending tables in CAD systems because the process is quite different from air bending. Setback is undefined for 180 degree hem bends and neutral axis values can’t be extrapolated for (very) small radii. In Radbend 2016 you can setup unfold values based on values found in practice but independent of specific designed radii.



RADAN Version 2015

RADAN Version 2015



Import and Export

Import and export of many of the supported 3D file formats are now done using a common translation technology. This will make it easier in future releases to keep the software up to date with the latest file format versions. It also improves the software's ability to extract material details for setting the part's Manufacturing Properties.
This version of the software supports import of CATIA V5 R24, Creo Parametric version 2.0, Inventor 2015, Parasolid version 26, SolidWorks 2014, and Unigraphics NX 9 files.


Support for material names and automatic thickness calculation has been greatly enhanced which will improve automation.

Top Face

To further aid automation, the user can now specify the ‘top face’, i.e. the face that is to be considered top during the cutting and bending process.

Flat to Fold

The flat to fold module has been greatly enhanced to use extended geometry properties for analysis of the flat blank and a more stream lines process to create the final 3D part from 2D geometry.



Tool Stations

The user can now – per tool – specify preferred tool stations. This will greatly reduce the need to configure and manage ‘standard turrets’ when using the system. Each tool station can also be designated as ‘specialised’, i.e. only tools of specific types may be loaded.

Sheet Deformation

New functionality allows automatic reduction of sheet deformation by altering the punching sequence.

Automatic Canned Cycles

This version allows users to make use of the machine’s canned cycles more automatically to reduce the memory usage of a program.



Undercut Lead-ins

For tight-fitting purposes, lead-ins can now be ‘under-cut’, removing the need for any manual finishing when the cutout has a tight fitting tolerance.

Heat Avoidance

A new approach will allow the user to easily specify a cutting sequence that automatically reduces the heat build-up in a nest.


Rectangular Nesting

RADAN’s rectangular nesting algorithm has been replaced with a version that is faster, more controllable and – most importantly – produces better results. The new algorithm is automatically applied for parts that are more or less rectangular in shape.


The user can now control the nester to produce more stable sheets, and/or more useable remnants.

Material Handling:

Sheet Loading

Support for sheet loading devices and manual sheet loading has been greatly enhanced.

Part Removal

Support for part removal devices such as part pickers has been enhanced to perform more validation checks to ensure more safe and reliable removal of parts and scrap.



System Control:

Radbend now offers the user new configuration tools through the user interface to further optimise the bending processes.


Creating and managing heel tools has been made more intuitive and Radbend now offers more control over the hemming process.




RADAN Version 2014

RADAN Latest Release 2014


Import and Export

Import and export of many of the supported 3D file formats are now done using a common translation technology. This will make it easier in future releases to keep the software up to date with the latest file format versions. It also improves the software's ability to extract material details for setting the part's Manufacturing Properties.

This version of the software supports import of CATIA V5 R23, Creo Parametric version 2, Inventor 2013, Parasolid version 25, SolidWorks 2013, and Unigraphics NX 8.5 files.

Automatic Unfolding

There is a powerful new facility to automate the process of unfolding 3D parts and enter them to the nest parts list. Simply clicking a new button in the 3D toolbar will unfold all the parts in the current assembly and its sub-assemblies, using default settings for new developments. If any part fails to unfold then a warning is shown, to allow you to investigate the problem. Parts that are not required for nesting can easily be excluded.


Patterns in Splitter Window

The Patterns and Patterns List dialogs have been replaced by a Patterns panel in the right-hand splitter window. The Patterns button in the main toolbar now shows or hides that panel. A number of different views of the drawing's pattern structure are available, including a Tree view. The context menu (on the right mouse button) and buttons above the panel provide all the same functions as were in the old dialogs. Most of these functions apply to the patterns that are currently selected in the panel.

Special Geometry Properties

In Part Drafting mode, if you are working with an unfolded 3D part that has bend lines, a Special Properties panel is shown in the right-hand splitter window. The panel lists the bends that are present in the part. When you select one or more bends in the panel, those lines are drawn normally in the graphics while the remainder of the part is dimmed.



Scrap Cuts in Apertures

For profiling machines, automatic tooling can now add scrap cuts in the apertures of parts. This offers an alternative to tagging for pieces of part scrap that are at risk of tipping. Both horizontal and vertical scrap cuts may be added, with a lead-in for each cut.

Cluster or Gang Tools

For punching machines, automatic tooling can now use cluster tools for punching groups of holes simultaneously.

Common Cut Parts

For punching machines, support for common line cutting has been improved when using automatic tooling on a nest. Specifically, mid-line tags are now created correctly in common cuts.

For punching machines, you may now force autotooling to place a mid-line tag at a particular position in a common cut by marking the desired location.



Asymmetric Wheel Tools

Asymmetric wheel tools are now better supported in manual tooling. The available types of wheel tool now have customizable template graphics for drawing the tool symbols.

Sheet Cutting

The Sheet Scrapping and Offcuts dialog may now be used to add scrap cuts and offcuts to non-rectangular sheets, and to sheets that have holes.



Common Line Cutting

Options for common line cutting in the Multi-Part Nesting dialog, which were formerly available for profiling machines only, are now available for punching machines as well.

In manual nesting, the 'Common cut' checkbox is now available when placing parts in the nest both for punching machines and for profiling machines. The Clearances for Manual Nesting dialog allows the common cut gap width to be changed.


Workflow Status:

New status icons inform the user of outstanding tasks when nesting and preparing parts, making the workflow in RADAN more intuitive and improving the efficiency by automating obvious tasks.


NC Programming:

Graphics and User Interface

When preparing an NC program in RADAN 2014, the user is assisted by updated graphics and new visibility modes which greatly increase efficiency and feedback. Changes in settings are immediately reflected in the current view giving greater security for complex programs and a more intuitive interface for new and occasional users.

Further changes give a more ‘friendly’ appearance to detailed information, further allowing easier adaptation of the software.

Sheet Cutting

The Sheet Scrapping and Offcuts dialog may now be used to add scrap cuts and offcuts to non-rectangular sheets, and to sheets that have holes.



Asymmetric Wheel Tools

Asymmetric wheel tools are now better supported in manual tooling. The available types of wheel tool now have customizable template graphics for drawing the tool symbols.


Making full use of the improved graphics, the new simulation mode allows detailed investigation of the cutting sequence, as well a quick and fluent overall overview of how the sheet will be processed.

Time Estimates

New technology in RADAN 2014 ensures run time estimates from new and re-configured existing postprocessors to achieve a significantly higher accuracy than was possible before.



The program that installs the software onto server and client computers has been replaced.


RADAN Version 2013

RADAN Latest Release 2013



A new approach to the definition of multi-tools allows the user to apply multi-tools in a more flexible manner than ever before. By regarding the multi-tool as a tool and a turret, the concept feels more ‘natural’ – both in the way multi-tools are configured in the system and when used in the software.

Material and File Names

The limits for the lengths of material and file names have been increased. Material names up to 100 characters are now valid, and file names up to 125 characters are supported.

Single Click Region Selection

In RADAN 2013, geometry can be selected using just a single click. This new selection method can be used to copy geometry (jump to cursor) or grabbing parts.



Single Part Layout

Single part layout has been fully integrated in the nest projects environment. A new setting is available in the SPL dialog to specify whether or not to allow overproduction. Where multiple sheets are needed, SPL will generate a sheet count that will or will not satisfy the batch quantity. Where not enough parts are required to fill a sheet, if overproduction is not allowed the sheet will be left half-empty.

The SPL dialog can now be used to edit a nest produced by the automatic nester with only a single part on it, to modify clearances, etc., which has not been possible previously.

Part Identification

Parts in nest projects now have colour assigned to them. The chosen colour can be linked to any property of the part to be nested. The nesting colours are also used when generating the setup sheet.


RADAN 3D and Radbend:


Third-party file formats can now be imported by ‘dropping’ a file onto the 3D window. The resulting parts will be placed at the current work space. The user confirms the material before the import is completed, along with the thickness if this is not to be calculated automatically.

SolidWorks and Inventor

RADAN 3D and Radbend support the direct import of SolidWorks 2013 and Inventor 2013 files.


New Radbend CAD interfaces for Inventor and SolidWorks have been introduced, so Radbend can be used a bend simulation tool for engineering.

RADAN 3D and Radbend

The improved connection between RADAN 3D and Radbend allows parametric programming of parts. After a change to the 3D model in RADAN 3D, the Radbend program (tool selection and fingerstop positioning) is automatically updated.



RADAN Version 2012 R2



Our unique and powerful approach to creating offcuts for profiling machines has now been introduced for punching and combination machines.

Users with punching or combination machines can now specify the exact dimensions of offcuts that they wish to keep, not only saving money in materials but also saving time and money on the shop floor.

Naturally avoiding the clamps and using an intelligent approach to tagging, settings are stored per material thickness and strategy which inlcudes the choice between profiling and punching on combination machines.

Tool Lists

Following feedback from customers we have made enhancements to the interactive and dynamic tool list that was introduced in 2012 R1. Users will notice enhanced performance and functionality.

A similar list has been introduced in nest mode. Whilst in order mode, the same technology has been used to improve user experience.


Ease of Use:

Alphanumeric Standard Tool Loading Files

To improve the user experience when using STL files, the user can now specify the files using names rather than just numbers.

Geometry Selection by profile:

To facilitate feature selection, a new selection method is available, which allows entire profiles (open or closed) to be selected with a single click.



Rectangular Nesting

As part of our continued investment in our world class nester, RADAN 2012 R2 introduces a completely new algorithm for near-rectangular parts.

Customisable Columns

The user can now freely configure the information shown in any of the lists used in the RADAN software, these lists can then also be grouped according to the user's needs.


Quick Estimates:

RADAN 2012 R2 enables the results of Quick estimates to now be stored in the part/drawing attributes, which in turn means they can be shown on nest project reports or html set up sheets.


Face Selection with Radbend

Selecting a part in RADAN 3D to be transferred to Radbend is now more robust and repeatable. By default, the user only selects the part to be transferred, RADAN 3D will select the most optimal face-edge-vertex combination.

The user can manually override the selection using the 'Pick' option and revert to the automatic selection using the 'Auto' option.

The selection is stored in the part for repeatability.


RADAN Version 2012 R1


Enhanced Tagging


Significant developments in RADAN 2012 R1 offer more control when automatically applying tags and micro joints for profiling machines.

Settings for micro joints and tags can now optionally be configured in the Rules and Styles, which effectively means that the application and style of tagging can be made dependent on the size and type of profile.

The end of a profile can be defined as an overburn or tag.

Bridge Cutting

To save pierce time on thick materials, parts can now be joined using ‘bridges’. A small bridge (either with a gap or overlapping) is added between two external profiles which will join them together

Interactive Tool List:

A new interactive and dynamic tool list offers users programming punching or combination machines an unprecedented level of assistance. It allows the user to easily view, verify and manipulate the tool selection applied to a part.


Sheet Priorities

Expanding on from material utilisation introduced in the previous release greater efficiency and cost savings can be made with the introduction of sheet priorities in 2012 R2 .This additional functionality allows a priority to be set against a sheet size, which ensures that this sheet size will be used before other sheet sizes are considered, sheets sizes with the same priority will then be compared on utilisation.

Common Part Properties

The parts list in automatic nesting can now be more easily manipulated by either using the new bulk-edit or the existing individual edit functions.

Improved Documentation

Optionally filled parts and sheets increase the readability of the graphical documents created within RADAN, with thumbnails now always drawn with a white background users will be ensured consistent graphics regardless of the individuals user’s screen preferences.

New Nesting for Common Cutting:

Intelligent nesting for complex parts

RADAN 2012 R1 provides users with greater control over the nesting process when common cutting is involved. Introducing the Same Part option allows that the user to specify the maximum number of the identical parts that it wants nested together using common cutting, the customer can have multiple shapes per sheet, and by utilising the Same Part option the nester will find the right pattern for numerous shapes while keeping each shape within its specified batch as well as allowing for the best common cut, improving machine times and use of consumables.

Updated Unfolding with Radbend

Creating NC code for a press brake or even just to verify manufacturability can have implications regarding the bend allowances used during the unfolding process. Enhancements to unfolding within Radbend means that the 3D model is now automatically updated with the information from Radbend and can be unfolded within the correct parameters as specified.

RADAN Version 2011 R2

CLS Licensing:

CLS 2011 R2 includes support for Customer Notifications. The different notification types and the frequency of delivery can be configured per user. The dialog also displays a history of recent messages

2D File Import:

2011 R2 now allows a list of layer names to be specified in DXF or DWG files. therefore if a layer in the DXF or DWG files matches an entry on the list then that individual layer can be brought across and converted. If none of the layers in the file match any entry in the list then all layers will be brought across and converted.

3D Part Unfolding

Optionally the behaviour of 3D unfolding in 2011 R2 can be altered. This change allows the user to have greater control over the unfolding process. Previously when unfolding a 3D part, if there were some bending parameters missing the software would silently calculate these in the background. 2011 R2 now gives the user the option to be warned of any missing parameters.

3D File Import

RADAN 2011 R2  welcomes the upgrade to the R21 ACIS Kernel. This upgrade enables RADAN to bring both the Catia V5 and Parasolid translators up to date, so R20 and version 22 will be used respectively. In addition to this files from Pro/E Wildfire 5 are also supported.

Below is an overview of the supported 3D file types:

  • ACIS R21
  • IGES  
  • STEP
  • Autodesk Inventor 2011
  • SolidWorks 2011
  • Solid Edge v20
  • Parasolid v22
  • Catia V4 4.2.4
  • Catia V5 R20
  • Pro/Engineer Wildfire 5
  • Unigraphics NX5

Nest Projects:

Exclusion of Parts, Sheets and Remnants:
To gain more control over specific parts and sheet sizes, the user can exclude specific items from automatic nesting. To ensure the users individual requirements are taken into account they have the ability to set "Priority Parts" .

Multi Part Symbols:

2011 R2 now has additional functionality that enables the nester to recognise and use multi part symbols. By allowing the nester to recognise multi part symbols 2011 R2 will ensure that the correct parts are being made in the correct amounts, it will recognise that they are individual parts rather than one large part, allowing the user greater flexibility and control over the nest and production as a whole.


Utilisation Premium

2011 R2 provides the users with the ability to set rules within the system to ensure that maximum sheet utilisation is achieved. If required, the user can specify that remnants should be preferred over rectangular sheets in automatic nesting. In 2011 R2, a value can be applied to remnants, this value represents the maximum percentage which the user is prepared to sacrifice of the remnants when they are being directly compared to rectangular sheets

Publish Remnants

A new publish remnants button allows remnants to be published into a central folder. The user can decide whether or not to publish the remnants as soon as the nest has been created as opposed to waiting until the part has been produced. After the remnants have been released the nest project should not really change, if it is this could cause problems with remnants that have already been used. 2011 R2 will provide a warning if the nest is changed or someone attempts to delete it after the remnants have been published. The user can then see if the remnants have been claimed by another operative and take appropriate action

Machine Set up:

Improving machine set up time is an obvious way to save both time and money and RADAN software is no exception. 2011 R2  optimizes the tool selection, preventing unnecessary tool changes. In addition to this 2011 R2 increases users' flexibility when it comes to stacking parts. Previous RADAN releases would stop the machine tool from operating if the stack was going to get too high, in this release a notification system now alerts the operator to the fact that they will need to remove parts part way through production, but RADAN will let production continue.


There have been additional enhancements to the infrastructure of RADAN 2011 R2, such as:

  • Upgrade to visual Studio 2010
  • New ACIS Kernel

RADAN Version 2011 R1

Import Utility

2D DXF & DWG files can now be easily converted and added to either the nest schedule or the current nest project. It combines the operations of converting and setting material properties and nest parameters in one easy to use user interface.

Nest Projects

A new icon in the Nests area of the Nest Projects GUI allows various reports to be generated from the current Nest Project using report templates.
The following report templates are supplied:

  • Material Summary: this report shows a summary of the sheets and remnants used in the project, as well as any remnants that have been generated from the nests.
  • Nest Overview: shows all nests in the project and the parts nested on them.
  • Nest Summary: shows all nests in the project with material, utilisation and cycle time information.
  • Part Overview: shows the parts in the project and on which nest(s) they can be found.
  • Part Summary: shows a summary of the parts and quantities nested in the Nest Project.

Nest Results

Building on the nesting engine that was introduced in 2010 R2, the nester is now fully multi threaded. The nester will automatically use all available processing power while it searches for the best arrangements of parts on the sheet. The result is a faster more effective nester that provides you with excellent material utilisation.Program Reduction

RADAN 2011 R1 also sees the return of Program Reduction, this is now available when using both the Rectangular Nester and the True Shape Nester. Program Reduction aims to reduce the number of different nests that are generate, rather than reduce the amount of material use. In some cases, using Program Reduction has even been seen to improve the overall material utilisation.

Quick Estimates

Now available in 2011 R1, Quick Estimates will give you the ability to calculate an estimate of the costs of your parts. The Quick Estimates will take the following costs into consideration:

  • Material cost
  • Machine setup cost
  • Machine run time cost
  • Labour cost

Quick Estimates can be used with individual parts, nests or nests projects.

.NET Framework

Customers of RADAN have been able to add plug-ins using VBA since the release of RADAN 05, with the release of 2011 R1 plug-ins can now be written in any language that is supported by .NET.

Get the most from the latest release!

Attend one of 2011 R1 upgrade courses to ensure you get the most out of the latest release - for available dates visit the training section.

RADAN Version 2010 R2


A number of enhancements to 2D CAD include:

  • Now able to import AutoCAD 2010 DWG & DXF files.
  • Proxy objects now are displayed in RADAN.
  • The automatic correction of minor errors in DXF files, increasing reliability of imports.

Nesting Performance

Helping you get more metal for your money!

  • New part arrangements -  Ground breaking enhancements to the nesting software, enables intelligent analysis of the sheet material in order to find the most effective way of arranging parts for nesting.

Nesting Engine

The flexibility offered by the new nester has enabled RADAN to add new features that will be of significant interest to users including:

  • Nesting in apertures setting
  • Part placement options
  • Part mirroring
  • Nesting parts with multiple external profiles

Results Report

The nester produces a clear summary and a detailed report which is available immediately after nesting or at a later stage. It will assist by:

  • Providing a summary of what has been completed
  • Giving an option to view a more detailed report
  • Saving time by helping if errors were made

RADAN Version 2010 R1

2D CAD Enhancements

A number of enhancements to 2D CAD greatly reduce editing time.

  • Line previews
  • Previews for parallel features and profiles
  • Single - click partial delete


3D CAD Enhancements

Incorporating the latest technology is paying off   

  • New ACIS 19 Kernel
  • Printing of 3D views
  • New translators for:     
    Parasolid V20
    Catia V5 R19
    Pro/E Wildfire 4

DXF Import

No longer lost in translation

  • Improved Support for
    - Dimensional Tolerances
    - Special Characters
    - Regions

Saving Material Made Easy

  • Single Part Nester now uses true shapes
  • Punching features under the clamps are automatically split

Maximum Control During Nesting

Building on the newly introduced Nest Projects interface, parts, sheets and nests of verying materials can now be easily managed.

  • Material Matching (filtering)
  • Grouping of parts and nests according to any property

Massive steps forward in programming complex machine tools

  • Alternative Strategies allow the software to propose the ideal part removal strategy.
  • Improved constraining makes automating the machining process easy and safe
  • The powerful automatic sequencing routines are now available at your finger tips.