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PARTNER/ASPAN CAD-CAM for CNC machinery



What is PARTNER/ASPAN

PARTNER/ASPAN enjoys a world-wide reputation as the easiest-to-use software with a user-friendly interface for programming woodworking machinery. Furthermore, the program is very powerful with a hundred high-level commands, functions and options. Originally created in DOS in 1992, the program has been continuously updated to keep pace with the new operating systems. Performance has been developed and improved with the continuous addition of new commands and functions.

We are proud to say that any of the problems experienced by our customers over the years have been solved by our internal troubleshooting SERVICE (service-disk). We reproduce and solve errors here at ATool Software without the need to intervene at customer sites.

PARTNER/ASPAN is an integrated CAD-CAM program. Users draw their production parts quickly and easily in the CAD environment and then transfer these to the CAM environment to prepare the optimized machine programs needed to actually produce the part.

A set of easy to understand commands (e.g. “Draw Holes”, “Draw Grooves”) and automatic routines (e.g. “Assign tools”, “Optimize machining sequence”) make it easy for users to define the machining operations to be performed on the unfinished parts.

The subdivision of the working environments allows the user to be easily guided throughout all development and operation phases:

 

SUPERVISOR ENVIRONMENT

The main or Supervisor environment, which appears after the program has started, displays the preview image of the current drawing, on the right, and the list of the current archive along with search and selection options. If the drawing has been processed in the CAM environment, machine efficiency is displayed at the top right of the screen (ratio between empty shifts and real operations).

 

From the Supervisor Environment it is possible to carry out import or edit procedures for machine configuration and tooling and to run all other program environments.

 

CAD ENVIRONMENT

This is the drawing environment used to create graphic entities such as various types of hole (e.g. standard, countersunk, in lines, angled, hole barriers, ect.) and routings (e.g. straight grooves, arcs, ellipses, rectangles, points, , ect.). Standard commands (e.g. “Join”, “Rotate”, “Auto-join”) and advanced functions (e.g. “Text”,“Empty area”, “Inclined surfaces”) are used to create the desired drawings.

 

CAM ENVIRONMENT

This is the environment where drawings are converted into machine programs by using a series of utilities for operations such as automatically assigning tools and optimizing machining sequences. A series of special commands (e.g. “Inputs/Outputs”, “Multi-machining”) makes it possible to configure the machine program with the exact specifications (e.g. tools, speed, worktable) of the machine currently being used.

 

In addition to being a very easy-to-use and quick program PARTNER/ASPAN provides the most advanced user with an efficient internal language, APL (ATool Software Programming Language). With APL users can create new CAD and CAM commands to optimize their design procedures.

PARTNER/ASPAN can be linked to a variety of external programs such as “AutoCAD”, “IMOS”, “KDCw”, “Pattern System”, “Cabinet Ware” and “Drill Mate” by using ASC, an ATool Software proprietary format, and DXF files. This means that users can prepare designs with their drawing program of choice and then use PARTNER/ASPAN functions to generate the machine programs necessary. Linking one program to another is made easy by a series of PARTNER/ASPAN utilities such as the possibility to “import CSV file”.

 

 

A connection bridge between different machines

PARTNER/ASPAN can handle several machine types and allows the user to generate programs for multiple machines starting out from a single drawing. PARTNER-ASPAN can also reconstruct a drawing starting out from a machine program. This function can be used as a vital link between machines making it possible to pass data from one machine to another (“a connection bridge between different machines”). Machines from the world’s leading manufacturers such as Morbidelli, SCM, Biesse, Busellato, Anderson, CMS, Homag, Masterwood, Samec, CO.B.A.L.M., Cosmec and many others are supported by PARTNER/ASPAN.
N.B.: In any case, please contact ATool Software by providing your machine model and type of CNC equipment used so that we can check your machine's support and assess your particular problems/case.

Machine and tooling configuration is also made easy by an import procedure for configuration data directly from the machine. This operation allows the user to be up and running in a few and simple steps without wasting time with long setting procedures.

 

More info about CNC Machines supported by PARTNER/ASPAN >

 

 

Additional modules (options)

PARTNER/ASPAN is a modular system (MO.S.T. - ModularSoftware Tool) suitable to your specific requirements and composed of the following optional modules:

 

Flat table nesting

  Nesting     The NESTING module optimizes the filling of a panel, part of a panel or a series of panels with closed parts of any shape. The NESTING procedure can be used in the CAD environment to optimize the current panelor an area of that panel with closed parts of any shape dr...

ALUMacros: creation of Alucobond components

  ALUMacros     ALUMacros, is a PARTNER/ASPAN option module which allows the creation of Alucobond components. Through a series of simple steps, it is possible to define the type of components to be made and the type of locks to be used. With ALUMacros it is possible to create both...

Cabinet module

  Cabinet     The CABINET Module is used to prepare all the drawings, machining operations and machine programs needed to produce a complete cabinet starting out from unfinished panels. This module is complete with a library containing various items of furniture such as empty boxe...

Doors module

  Doors     The Doors Module is used prepare the drawing and machine program needed to produce a finished door from a single, unfinished panel. This module comes complete with a library of door types. The library includes standard doors, offset doors, arched doors and doors with v...

2D Vectorializer module

  Vector 2D     The VECTOR 2D Module converts any image into a drawing that can be used by the CAD/CAM PARTNER/ASPAN. The image can contain any type of subject. It could be artwork, a logo or a geometric design, for example. The original image can be in color or black and white. T...

Vector 3D

  Vector 3D     The VECTOR 3D is a powerful tool which allows you to transform an image into a three-dimensional drawing of PARTNER/ASPAN. The Module reads lightness variation in shades of gray and allow you to create the part program of selected image. We will get deepest routing...

Quotes module

  Quotes     The QUOTES module is an application that is used to estimate the costs needed to implement a nesting. Provides the possibility to manage the cost of materials of panels and sheets used, of the machine, of the operator or employees at work and all necessary extra costs....

  • Flat table nesting

  • ALUMacros: creation of Alucobond components

  • Cabinet module

  • Doors module

  • 2D Vectorializer module

  • Vector 3D

  • Quotes module

 

More info about PARTNER/ASPAN Optional Modules >

 

 

Distributed versions

PARTNER/ASPAN is available in two different versions:

  1. START EDITION (SE)
  2. PROFESSIONAL EDITION (PRO)

The SE version compared to the PRO version is more simplified and with the following differences:

(following here some of the differences between the two versions)

  • with the SE version it is possible to manage only one CNC machine configuration. The PRO version can be configured for more than one CNC machine configuration;
  • the PRO version includes the automatic assignment of the tools, that is not available in the SE version;
  • the PRO version includes layer management system, available both in CAD and CAM environments, that is not available in the SE version;
  • the PRO version can be extended by using its internal programming language APL (MACRO), which allows you to create additional commands and wizard procedures. Macro language is not available in the SE version;

 

 

Screenshots of the program

 

 

 

Informative videos

 

 

Introducing PARTNER/ASPAN

 

 

PARTNER/ASPAN: main features

 

 

PARTNER/ASPAN: general informations

 

 

How to purchase it

It is possible to purchase PARTNER/ASPAN and its optional modules, contacting directly ATool Software S.r.l. or one of the dealers specified in the apposite section of this website.

 

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