New Homag woodWOP software makes wood processing effortless
With the release of the latest generation of woodWOP in the fourth quarter of 2021, Homag has significantly improved the functionality of its market-leading CNC programming software. This most recent edition is the woodWOP 8 trademark.
The success story of woodWOP began with its launch in 1991 and its development now spans over 30 years. The success of woodWOP software is unprecedented in the wood processing industry. Since its launch, more than 30,000 CNC machines have been fitted with woodWOP and 60,000 licenses have been sold to satisfied customers.
At the heart of this easy-to-use software is the innovative large graphics area in which the part is displayed in three dimensions. Deburring and drilling or saw cuts are programmed quickly and easily by entering the machining parameters and are displayed realistically in the graphic.
Significant development leap achieved in collaboration with professional carpenters
Homag has always excelled at involving its customers in the improvement of its products. This collaboration continued with further improvements to the woodWOP software. The Homag product development team worked closely with professional carpenters to assess the software development requirements to produce the superior product woodWOP 8.
The newly developed software now provides carpenters with handy assistants for easier processing. This made working with the woodWOP software even more convenient, user-friendly and ultimately faster than with its predecessor.
The key innovations of woodWOP 8 at a glance:
1. Contour Assistant provides improved support for beginners
New parts can be programmed more easily. For example, template files will be stored for circles, L-shapes, or other curved components. This has a significant advantage in terms of saving time and reducing problems for novice operators.
2. Recognition of characteristics for automatic identification of attributes
Using feature recognition technology, holes, grooves and slots are directly recognized in a 3D part model. The appropriate machining macro is generated for automatic subsequent machining. This represents a significant acceleration in the conversion of the CAD import to the machining program. Optimal use of existing data is also ensured.
3. Formula view and additional help graphics to simplify the operation
The woodWOP 8 programming process is faster and easier than ever before, with incorrect operations minimized. The software variable table has also been extended and improved to provide new operational possibilities.
Minimum and maximum values can be set, picklists can be created, and help graphics can be stored for illustrative purposes. New properties such as “Hide” (hide row) and “Boolean” (input via a checkbox) as well as two views – the list view and the form view – make programming clearer.
4. Gluing assistant for effective edgebanding
The gluing assistant is integrated directly into woodWOP 8. With this assistant, all the work steps for edge banding are generated automatically after defining the contours and corners.
The revised technology database supports situation dependent inputs, C angles and heating power. Importing edge images from external CAD systems is also possible with the new wizard. This ensures even faster creation of programs with edge gluing.
5. Formula wizard for easy creation of complex formulas
The new Formula Wizard makes creating formulas extremely easy. The user has everything in view in the multiline formula field. Building blocks such as math functions, variables and conditions are at the user’s fingertips to assemble their formulas.
The components of the formula are highlighted in color. This means that even complex formulas are clearly displayed. In addition to the result of the formula, partial results can also be calculated. These useful features support the easy creation of extended and variable programs.
Massive macro changes for quick and easy adjustments
With the transfer of parameter values, bulk macro changes can be done quickly and easily in just four steps as shown below:
- Make changes in a macro.
- Transfer one or all of the settings to the settings clipboard.
- Select all other macros to modify.
- Enter the parameter value (s).
Significant improvements and added value
Commenting on the new software, Simon Brooks, Managing Director of Homag UK said: “The development of the woodWOP software has been incredibly well thought out. New and updated software functions make wood processing operations safer, easier and faster.
“The latest version brings great added value and, like all previous editions of woodWOP, is intuitive to use. The new woodWOP 8 software is characterized by a noticeable increase in functionality, as well as a saving in time of use. “
For more information on new and updated woodWop 8 features, visit the news section of the Homag UK website to watch the woodWOP 8 overview video and download the product brochure.
You can also contact Adele Hunt at Homag UK on 01332 856424 for more information or a demonstration of any of the Homag machines or software.