Lantek Flex3d

Lantek Flex3d tubes

Lantek Flex3d Tubes  is a CAD / CAM software system for designing, nesting and cutting parts of tubes and pipes.

Lantek has used all of its experience and proficiency gained in design systems and programming for sheet metal cutting, punching and bending machines and applied to the tube cutting sector – regardless of the type of machine.

Easy, Flexible Design

Lantek Flex3d Tubes integrates with various kinds of tubular geometry importers such as SAT and IGES. This software allows 3D design to be simple and intuitive. It gives a true vision of the resulting design profile that will eventually be cut on a machine.

This system is a parametric system which allows the user to change the values of any operations previously made, including changes to the initial parameters of each tube (lengthening, shortening, change of diameter).

Once the design stage is complete, the user can simulate optimization of the tube (nesting) and the path followed by the cutting head. The software will directly generate the NC program in order to send this optimization to the machine.

Technical Characteristics

  • Provides a real vision of the expected result on the screen.
  • Displays the exact tube and simulates 3D and each process, thus reducing errors.
  • Allows for easy manipulation and editing of the design with zoom, view, and rotation controls.
  • Offers the user the ability to create standard tubes based on requirements.
  • Allows the user to design tube types adapted to their needs from 2D outlines, in addition to cylindrical, rectangular, and triangular tubes.
  • Allows for the design or import of desired geometry to create any type of cutout or trim with 2D design options.
  • Lantek Flex3d Tubes is totally integrated with Lantek’s management systems, Lantek Manager and Lantek Integra.

Design Options

  • Complete or partial chamfers on either end of the tube
  • Possibilities for creating any type of contour (round, rectangular, triangular, etc.) either projected through one or both faces at any point on the tube, at any angle
  • Various options for copying elements and operations (linear, circular, by grid)
  • Visual identification of intersections and operations with easy calculation of intersections between two tubes
  • 2D geometry projected or surface mapped on the tube surface
  • Data modification checked and modified at any time in the operations tree

Optimizing and Cutting the Tube

Lantek Flex3d Tubes allows the user to obtain the best optimization of both the tube itself and the generation of the NC file for the machine. Optimization is created by importing sections from the warehouse automatically or by calculating supply needs. Other features include:

  • Remnant management
  • Warehousing and Re-utilization
  • Automatic, semi-automatic or manual 3D nesting
  • Automatic or manual lead-in and lead-out generation
  • Support for machines with various number of axes
  • A versatile environment for the machining process which can be achieved in 2D or 3D

CNC Simulation and Generation

Lantek Flex3d Tubes can simulate the cutting machine and the machine sequence over the tube. If the resultant simulation is acceptable by the user, Lantek Flex3d Tubes will automatically generate the NC file for each machine; and, in the same environment, it will integrate the information related to the design and post-processing. Lantek Flex3d Tubes offers totally interactive simulation: step-by-step, forward, rewind, pause, and restart.


Lantek Flex3d steelwork

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork is sophisticated CAD/CAM software system for designing, nesting and cutting parts of standard beams & profiles.

Easy and Flexible Design

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork  facilitates the 3D CAD/CAM design and cutting of standard profiles including: I, U, L, H, T, and square or round tubes. The automatic and semi-automatic features of the 3D nesting software maximize the use of materials and optimize the CNC code with collision avoidance technology as well as safe and efficient cutting operations on a wide range of machinery such as: sawing, drilling, punching, tapping, marking, oxy-cut, and plasma equipment.

Technical Characteristics

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork is a system that includes database technology. This eliminates the need for the user to continuously duplicate the entry of information to create a beam or tube section. The parametric technology of this system allows the user to select a base section and then modify the measurement. The result is complete management of different profile products and remnants that are rapidly available on file.

While Lantek Flex3d Steelwork may be a standalone product, it is maximized when integrated with the Lantek Manager and Lantek Integra Management Software Systems (MES/ERP). This integration incorporates features that start at the sales quotation level (jobs or projects) and continues with the launch of orders and production flow including: material needs, reservation management, purchases, and cost controls. The system has total traceability management.

DSTV, SAT and CAM Importers

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork imports data generated by the leading structural steel CAD systems using DSTV, SAT and CAM files. The system converts the DSTV, SAT and CAM files into the native format for Lantek Flex3d, which easily allows the user to apply modifications. In addition, this module will import various properties of a file, such as the material, quantity and thickness — all of which simplify the process for cutting preparation.

Design Options

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork not only performs basic operations such as drilling, shearing, marking and sawing, it also creates cutting operations from geometry imported from the Lantek 2D module and imports file formats such as DXF. Lantek Flex3d Steelwork performs the following operations:

  • Automatic and Semi-automatic drilling, tapping, and sinking operations along the profile (any flanges and/or web)
  • Automatic and Semi-automatic cutting operations (plasma, oxycut, sawing or shearing)
  • Automatic tools for text and contour making operations (scribing, contour marking, plasma)
  • Cutting macros, which include parametric operations and drive any 5 or 6 axis cutting head (bevel cutting)
  • Stored machining along the beam or tube section, which keeps the related profile for easy modification

Optimization and Profile Cutting

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork allows the user to obtain the optimized profile path and to generate the CNC file for the machine.

The system is optimized further by importing sections from the warehouse automatically or by calculating the supply needs.

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork offers tools that automatically detect and control collisions as well as make manual modifications.

Also, there are several relevant reports and process forms generated for the convenience of the user.

Cutting Profiles Simulation

Lantek Flex3d Steelwork allows the user to simulate each machining operation whether it is drilling, punching, the cutting head, or the work zone. If the resultant simulation is acceptable to the user, Lantek Flex3d Steelwork will automatically generate the NC file for the machine and the user can view this data in the same environment. As seen in the illustrations, the simulation is of all machining operations and the trajectory of the cutting head (plasma or oxy-cut). When collisions are found, the user can repair them by stopping the simulation and correcting the trajectory.

The user can see all of the parameters of cutting during the simulation and, while viewing, make zoom movements, rotations or axis positioning adjustments to the profile. Viewing is totally interactive during simulation with options for viewing step-by-step, forward or rewind.

Lantek Flex3d 5x

Lantek Flex3d 5x is a special application from the Lantek Flex3d family of products for the automatic programming of five-axis machines using laser and water jet technologies.

Lantek Flex3d 5x is compatible with the most widespread 3D design systems. It allows the import of parts from every international standard format and defines the desired technology for the subsequent cut generation.

Technical features

  • Solids and surfaces supported formats: SAT, IGES, VDA, STEP, Parasolid, CATIA, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Inventor, NX and ProE (Creo Elements)
  • May share a common database for machines and materials with Lantek Expert
  • Automatic detection of the part cutting contour and thickness
  • Multiple options to place the part on the machine table
  • Different cutting qualities can be set by contour or by portion within the same contour
  • Multiple possibilities to change head position in each point
  • Lead-ins, lead-outs and micro-joints/tabs
  • Rapid movements automatically or manually adjusted
  • Simulation of complete working environment: part, table, fixtures, etc.

Automatic fixtures calculation

Lantek Flex3d 5x automatically generates the fixtures necessary for positioning the part correctly on the machine table. Taking as a base the desired position and height of the part above the cutting table, the system provides a user-modifiable holding grid, where the user can decide how many fixtures will hold the part in place and their locations.

When the appropriate holding grid has been designed, Lantek Flex3d 5x generates the solids necessary for positioning the part on the table. Automatic fixture calculation takes cutting contours into account, so that the calculated fixtures do not interfere with either the cutting head or any of the holes to be cut. This saves valuable machine time, normally associated with program verification in the machine.

These fixtures can be revised in 3D mode. The design or the position of the fixtures can be modified and recalculated at any stage of the process.


Lantek Flex3d 5x automatically detects all the part cutting contours, allowing automatic or semi-automatic machining of these contours. The qualities to be applied to each contour can also be selected by user. The automatic machining sequences and model intelligence is generated irrespective of where the 3D CAD design data originated. As a result, Lantek Flex3d 5x enables manufacturing of products directly from design data, eliminating potential errors.

After machining, the system allows entire work environment simulation. The software and post-processors include a three dimensional model of the appropriate machine and cutting head. Lantek Flex3d 5x permits full cutting direction change. Any cutting vector can be modified, erased or inserted at any point of the contour so it prevents unwanted movements and positions.

Lantek Flex3d CAD addins

Lantek Flex3d CAD Addins import native CAD drawings from popular CAD systems such as: SOLIDWORKS®, Solid Edge®, Inventor®, Catia®, and Creo Elements/Pro™ (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) for the automatic unfolding of any sheet metal design in 3D. This solution is ideal for integrating the user’s 3D models with Lantek CAD/CAM/MES/ERP. It is a powerful, direct, and intuitive way to avoid unnecessary file generation.


Parts and assemblies generated with Lantek Flex3D Addins are directly transferred to the Lantek Manager and Lantek Integra management systems for integrated manufacturing and management processes, as well as to the Lantek Expert system for material and machining optimization processes. Between both systems, Lantek offers a complete solution, which includes 3D part design through to CNC generation per machine type.

Lantek partnership

SOLIDWORKS – Solution Partner

Lantek has acquired Solution Partner status, which means that Lantek Flex3d Addins complements the SOLIDWORKS® system, providing it with functions of specific interest to companies working in sheet metal processing.

Solid Edge – Voyager Member

Lantek has acquired Voyager Member status, which means that Lantek Flex3d Addins complements the Solid Edge® system, providing it with functions of specific interest to companies working in sheet metal processing.

Autodesk Inventor – ADN Member

Lantek has acquired ADN Member status, which means that Lantek Flex3d Addins complements the Autodesk Inventor® system, providing it with functions of specific interest to companies working in sheet metal processing.

SOLIDWORKS® and CATIA® are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes S.A.

Solid Edge® is a registered trademark of EDS/PLM Solutions.

Autodesk Inventor® is a registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software, Inc.

Creo Elements/Pro™ (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) is registered by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC).

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