R&R's Fixture Builder Receives IronCAD's Highest Certification

New RAYCO CMM fixturing solution enabled through IronCAD technology

Grand Haven, MI. Sept 30th, 2004 – R&R Sales the leader in CMM (coordinate measuring machine) fixturing announced that its new Fixture Builder 2.0 software release has received IronCAD's highest level of partner certification, that of Integrated Solution Partner for use with IronCAD and Inovate 7.0.

FixtureBuilder is a new 3D fixture modeling add-on software product from R&R that is fully integrated with the CAD software from IronCAD. FixtureBuilder creates Rayco fixture set-ups for both documenting and offline programming. To operate the software a user simply has to drag and snap fixture components from the tabbed catalogs onto the target plate. IronCAD’s SmartSnap Assembly™ technology automatically aligns the components to the plate while displaying its X and Y hole location for easier positioning. The parts to be fixtured can be imported directly into the software using one of a comprehensive set of CAD formats including IGES, STEP, Pro/E, CATIA, ACIS, Parasolid, STL and others. Once the fixture setup is completed FixtureBuilder requires just a single mouse click to create a complete bill of materials list and set-up instructions complete with preview images. To enable offline programming FixtureBuilder can export the complete set-up including both the part and the fixtures to the programming software of the desired CMM machine. Fixture Builder is available for both of IronCAD's design solutions, from its full standalone CAD system, IronCAD or Inovate, a low cost, easy to use 3D desktop product for creating, modifying, interrogating and communicating 3D designs.

FixtureBuilder makes creating fixtures a snap!

John Ray, President of R&R Sales, comments on the new version of Fixture Builder by saying, “We are extremely pleased with the reception that our customers, our dealer network, and our CMM machine partners have given Fixture Builder 2.0. Upon demonstrating Fixture Builder 2.0 to Tom Kraft of Denso Manufacturing, MI, I was told "this is just what our personnel need to standardize the documentation of fixture setups as well as making it possible to create off-line CMM programs around both the part and the full fixturing setup." When you see this level of excitement you know that Fixture Builder is providing the value that your customers expect; and that makes the development team at R&R very happy."

Shaun Murphy, IronCAD's Vice President of Sales and Marketing follows that up by stating, “Fixture Builder is one of a new breed of design solutions that are tailored to a specific industry. This specialization delivers a level of productivity that a general purpose solution could never provide. Tomorrows winning solutions will be the ones that can encapsulate the vertical application knowledge of a specific industry in a way that does not require the level of training common with today's general purpose CAD tools.”

About R&R Sales
Based in Grand Haven, MI, R&R Sales is the leader in CMM (coordinate measuring machine) fixturing. R&R has been providing fixturing innovations to the manufacturing industry for 15 years and is continually developing new ideas to better serve its customers. Its core product the Rayco Modular Fixture system is used to build fixture set-ups for just about any part configuration and reusing it again. The Rayco Fixturing system incorporates a standard library of Rayco Fixture components, which include plates, clamps, magnets, standoffs, and suction cups. These components and base plates give an end user a variety of choices when building a part set-up allowing the part to be measured accurately with a CMM. For additional information, please contact R&R Sales at 616 847-6045 or www.cmmfixture.com

About IronCAD
Based in Atlanta, GA, IronCAD is a leading provider of 3D Design Productivity Solutions that deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction and productivity. Solutions that can be used either standalone or as complimentary collaboration solutions of a broader PLM initiative. Its flagship product IronCAD has won many industry awards for its innovative technology and leads the industry in its ease of use and design productivity. IronCAD products are being used successfully by thousands of customers worldwide. For additional information, please contact IronCAD at 1-800-339-7304 or visit our website at www.ironcad.com

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