Calypso Planner Software From Zeiss Reduces Programming Time By Up To 50%

Source: Carl Zeiss, Inc., IMT Corp., Industrial Metrology
MAPLE GROVE — Carl Zeiss Industrial Measuring Technology (IMT) today introduced CALYPSO Planner, an offline version of the CALYPSO CAD-based software.

With CALYPSO Planner, CAD data can be transferred via standard interfaces (i.e. STEP, IGES, VDAFS) or directly imported from different CAD-Systems (i.e. CATIA, ProEngineer, UniGraphics, IDEAS). Measurement programs are created based on the CAD model stored in the CAD core of the software. The offline version offers all the basic functions that are standard in the CALYPSO online version i.e. selection process of geometric elements and a square safety zone.

The square safety zone is used for the automatic definition of probe paths. It is defined in such a way that the workpiece is completely enclosed. Before and after the measurement of a feature, the sensor moves to the next plane of the square zone. All sensor components are located outside of the square zone to prevent collisions.

There are several options available for CALYPSO that are particularly useful in the offline version i.e. optimizing the generation of travel paths and utilization of CAD data.

With the "CALYPSO simulation" option, programmed travel paths and stylus can be displayed as an animation. A virtual stylus kit allows the user to create various stylus models and combinations. During the animation of the travel motions, collisions between the stylus and the CAD model are identified automatically. Necessary corrections can then be made.

The option "Characteristic Input" offers completely new perspectives. It allows the import of dimensional and tolerance information from the CAD model and the appropriate re-assignment of geometric elements in CALYPSO. The data is transferred via the STEP interface. After all data has been read and identified, measuring programs are practically compiled automatically. Depending on the parts spectrum, programming time can be reduced by up to 50 percent.

Carl Zeiss is a leading international group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industry. The company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany.

The Carl Zeiss Group offers products and services for the three strategic growth areas of biosciences and health care, consumer goods and systems solutions for industrial markets. The group is structured as six business units that operate with sole responsibility and are generally ranked first or second in their markets.

The company is represented in more than 30 countries and operates production facilities in Europe, North America, Mexico and Asia. In fiscal year 2002/2003 the global workforce of approximately 14,150 employees generated revenue of 2.029 billion euros. Further information is available at

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