Striker Systems Sheet Metal CAD/CAM
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AutoPOL Bend Simulator
Get Current Promotion
Tech Tips
Striker Systems
Div. of Computer Design, Inc. 
Striker Systems News & Events
Welcome to the July edition of Striker Systems News & Events. 
Have You Considered Offline Press Brake Programming?
After many customer requests and months of research Striker Systems has teamed up with FCC Software to provide you with advanced 2D and 3D offline press brake programming capability from one of the industries leaders!   AutoPOL Bend Simulator is a feature rich and user friendly software package providing a wide variety of brake programming capabilities, such as...

AutoPOL Auto Sequencing
Auto sequencing
automatically discovers the optimal sequence for bending.

AutoPOL Auto Tool Set-up
Automatic tooling set-up
determines the optim
al set-up of tools to create as few stations as possible.

AutoPOL Back Gauge Fingers

Back gauge fingers
are positioned accurately and automatically.

AutoPOL Tooling Configuration

Tooling Configuration
is easy because many of the major tool manufacturers have their catalogs built into AutoPOL Bend Simulator.

AutoPOL collision detection

Collision Detection
is performed real time and will automatically alert users to potential interferences.

AutoPOL hemming

Hemming, Dutch folding and flattening are all supported features in AutoPOL Bend Simulator.

NC-Code generation and process documentation
are a simple file transfer to the machine, providing detailed process documentation, tooling set-up and NC code.

AutoPOL Bend Simulator supports a wide variety of popular press brake machines.  Contact Striker Systems sales at or 800.950.7862 for additional information or to arrange an AutoPOL web demonstration.
Get Current Promotion extended through August 15th

We're pleased to announce that the Get Current Promotion has been extended through August 15th.  You have a second chance to save up to 50%. Now through August 15, 2010, select customers who own previous versions of Autodesk and Striker products can save up to 50% when they move to the latest Autodesk 2011 solutions with the purchase of Software Subscription.

The promotion offers tremendous savings when you upgrade from a previous version of AutoCAD, standard legacy upgrade or cross-grade to Autodesk Inventor.

For an upgrade quotation or to consult on your upgrade needs, please call Striker Systems sales or email Karen Harper at

Tech Tips

Setting the Default Material Type and Thickness
Effective Version : 2010.1.2 and higher

Recent enhancements to the SS-Design Styles have changed the way that many system default values are set.  You now have the ability save many defaults through a dialog driven interface inside the Striker Systems software, eliminating the need to edit external configuration files.  However, there is a side effect of these changes for users with a customized material library, especially where the default Striker Systems materials have been removed.  You may receive the message "Default material does not exist in the current library" when you start a new drawing.  In addition, selecting the "Save as Default" toggle in the Striker Material Library dialog will not necessarily save a default material for all new drawings.  The default material values must be set in the default SS-Design Settings style to be recognized in all new drawings.  This is a simple process that can be quickly performed by users on their individual systems.  To set default values, including material type, in the SS-Design Style :

1)      With any Striker Systems product loaded, select the Config panel pull-down menu.

2)      From the pull-down select the SS-Design Preferences
The SSDesign Settings dialog should be displayed.

3)      Pick the current default design style from the Styles list area. (The current default style will have "Default" beside the description.)

4)      Select the Edit... button next to the Styles list area.  The Style Data dialog should be displayed.

5)      Set your desired default Material Type and Thickness in the Material Settings area.  You can reset any of the other values in the Style Data dialog as desired.

6)      Select the OK button to close the Style Data dialog.

7)      You can use the Update Current Drawing button or just start a new drawing for the changes to take effect.

Changes to the default SS-Design Style will affect all future new drawings as long as the current new drawing template file does not have an invalid material type saved in it. 

"About the time we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

 - Herbert Hoover