SA International (SAi), the provider of solutions for the professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced the availability of SAi EnRoute 5.1.
This update for the SAi EnRoute 5 product family includes more than two dozen new productivity enhancing features and improvements such as new import filters; additional nesting options for the Automatic Toolpath Processing (ATP) option; and new Parametric Textures.
New and updated import filters
Thanks to an expanded range of import filters, users benefit from improved compatibility with a variety of popular CAD programs. SAi EnRoute 5.1's AutoCAD® DXF/DWG import filters now accommodate current AutoCAD® objects. While both the Adobe® Illustrator and Acrobat import filters have been updated to support current and legacy AI and PDF files, now supporting the import of layers.
The new software can also take in Wavefront 3D OBJ files, a universally-accepted 3D geometry file format for exchanging three-dimensional designs between 3D graphics applications.
SAi EnRoute 5.1 also features support for Caldera digital registration and contour cut as well as improved Onyx XML import.
New Parametric Textures for 3D Reliefs
SAi EnRoute 5.1 brings two new texture tools to design and create an unlimited number of possible textures to apply to a 3D surface. The new Flow Texture produces a 3D surface with the random characteristics of a flowing fluid. And the Phase Texture generates a distinct sequence of recurring waveforms. Each of these textures can be used as defined or further refined to achieve the precise texture the user is looking for.
"SAi EnRoute 5.1 offers a package of new features and updates to help our customers expand their capabilities and maintain their competitive edge," said Eric Nodurft, EnRoute Product Director.
"The release of this new version also demonstrates SAi's commitment to EnRoute and its determination to keep its powerful toolpath engine at the forefront of the CNC software market."
Free download for EnRoute 5 users
Existing SAi EnRoute 5 users can download the new SAi EnRoute 5.1 installer free-of-charge from www.EnRouteSoftware.com. After installation, the user can easily transfer previous settings including tool libraries, material templates, machine configuration and others by using the new Restore Settings wizard. SAi EnRoute 5.1 becomes the standard version of SAi EnRoute, replacing version 5.0.