Columbus™ Overview'


Columbus™ Overview

Columbus™ Overview

Our latest version of Columbus software makes it easy to program various cutting processes, as well as marking and labeling processes. Intelligent wizards contribute to intuitive operation so you can perform simple and highly complex cuts, labeling and nesting jobs quickly and easily.

Columbus is network compatible. The software has been developed using the leading Microsoft .Net standard so you benefit from user-friendly, standardized interfaces that allow quick and easy connection to your companys IT system. For example, a familiar Explorer view lets you easily navigate through your data and objects. New layouts can be created with just a few clicks. This reduces training time and minimizes the learning curve.

Columbus also supports Precision Hole Technology™ with a built-in database that automatically assigns the optimum lead-in, lead-out, and process codes required to achieve bolt-ready holes on mild steel up to 1 inch (25mm) thick.


  • Layout Designer

    At the heart of Columbus is a user-friendly interface that gives complete control over the entire programming process. The Layout Designer manages all functions necessary for generating a CNC program or nest (straight cutting). Oxy-fuel, plasma, laser, and marking processes are supported. A wide array of data is securely stored in a SQL database for instant recall that helps streamline your workflow. Programming can begin by importing a DXF/DWG file through an import interface that features a graphical preview and automatic cutting tool assignments. To create geometry from scratch, a fully integrated CAD program is available for 2D part construction. Numerous standard features are included for part manipulation, including common-line cutting, cutting bridges, corner loops, pre-piercing, and optimizing small holes.

    Job Control

    Easily set up tables for jobs and sub-assemblies. Jobs can contain parts together with their associated data, and they are available from the Layout Designer for further processing. Sub-assemblies which have been created from existing parts in the parts database, can be added into jobs. The table for job parts displays the processing status of each part.

    Automatic Nesting

    Fully automatic, true-shape nesting maximizes plate utilization while automatically creating nests for specific projects using any number of plates or remnants. Multi-torch nesting automatically reduces the number of torches when necessary. Nesting jobs can automatically use specific plates, or plates can be manually switched if desired. Maximum software flexibility makes nesting as easy as possible.

    Bevel Programming Module

    The bevel cutting function in Columbus enables straight line programming of oxyfuel, plasma and laser bevel heads. Choose from a multitude of pre-defined bevel profiles (V upper bevel, V lower bevel, Y upper bevel, Y lower bevel, X bevel, K bevel) or assemble individual bevel profiles - up to five-pass cutting of a contour. Programmed bevel parts can be saved in the parts database with object description so they can easily be re-used in other projects without re-programming the bevels.

    Plate Manager

    Rectangular as well as remnant plates are defined and managed using the Plate Manger. Many data fields can be used to make a unique identification of each individual plate (and also plate copies). Comprehensive traceability of the material from the last remnant plate through to the original plate is ensured. Areas of a plate which have not been nested can be divided into any number of remnant plates.

    Print Designer

    The Print Designer offers maximum flexibility to create professional reports, customized data output, and use of custom formats and print templates. Easily adapt templates or start from the included sample reports to produce exactly the reports you need. Support for bar codes is also included.

    Subassembly Management

    Significantly speeds up processing of jobs containing subassemblies. The part geometry and quantity are predefined in the subassembly, making it easy to add the entire group of parts to a nesting job.


    Columbus offers an intuitive Explorer screen to view all objects and data, such as parts, nests, jobs, and sub-assemblies. The Explorer window shows the hierarchy and the structure of the objects, making it easy to visualize relationships and dependencies, and the selected objects can be edited directly.


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Part Numbers : Columbus™ Overview
Job Control 682048551
Automatic Nesting 682048552
Bevel Cutting 682048553
Plate Management 682048554
Database Interface 682048557
Job Wizard 682048566

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