Advantages and disadvantages of various software suppliers
The advantage of robot supplier software is that it represents a lower cost compared to third party software, but it is restricted to one brand of robot and may not have the same enhanced functionality. There are some independent suppliers of off-line programming software, such as IGRIP, Delfoi and RobCad, that in general have high level of acceptance in the market for high profile off-line programming and simulation. This kind of software can use the kinetic model of the particular robot based on the control software code that can be purchased from the robot supplier or it can simulate the machine code. When programming off-line the user can build a virtual cell from a library of 3D robot models and tools. It is also possible to import externally created 3D models in a variety of file formats such as stepp and igis.