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.