I’m excited to share that the updated VENUS software has been released! It boasts a completely refreshed GUI for operators. Its benefits include new Run Control features for modern navigation, an overview of method progress, access to historic run data, and more!
Do you know if Hamilton is charging for the associated firmware upgrades to enable Venus6 (on STAR/let specifically)? If so, could it be bundled for free with the free CO-RE II channel upgrades that Hamilton is offering (which require a service engineer on-site anyway)?
Yes, this is an oft-requested feature request and it is included on the roadmap for future VENUS builds. My understanding is that it’s not an “easy” addition - it would have been prudent to have such a function from the onset.
That being said, I would like to have an undo as well!
For other suggestions, please check out and contribute to the VENUS feature request thread linked below!
Does this update include the new method editor that works with Vantage, Star, and nimbus platforms or is that coming later? I did not see that showcased in the webinar. If not, do we still need to use Instinct to train the track gripper?
I did not see this specifically mentioned in the release notes either.
Not so much a disaster for the industry. For the product line… I’d say so. Seriously stifled adoption of the platform as was predicted by a number of people and advised against. Some companies just have to learn the hard way I suppose. Hopefully they have all of their current Vantage users in mind and will be providing backwards compatibility and firmware updates to support this. This looks like a very welcome improvement and I look forward to using it in the future.
This release will be covering the STAR and VANTAGE platforms, with both having separate installers. VENUS 6 is not released for the NIMBUS. The installs must also exist on separate computers. The platform-agnostic software is still planned for the future, though.
While INSTINCT V is being phased out, this release of VENUS 6 does not have TrackGripper teaching functionality, so paths still need to be taught in INSTINCT V (v2.3) and exported. The TrackGripper teaching functionality is planned to be added as soon as possible.
Totally agree. I was pretty excited about the Vantage when it first came out only to learn that it wasn’t backwards compatible and the limitations that came along with the new Instinct software. That’s when conversations about buying one went out the door.
@EricSindelar_Hamilton - in the Webinar you linked in your original announcement, Alvaro mentioned that NIMBUS support was lagging the initial release by about a month. Is that still accurate…and therefore NIMBUS might be supported by end of July? Or has that shifted and we shouldn’t expect NIMBUS support for substantially longer?