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Transform your machine shop with Integrated CAM

Find out how you can achieve higher productivity, increased profits, and shorter time-to-market using Integrated CAM. Learn how to generate the smoothest machining toolpaths possible, resulting in reduced cycle time, improved surface quality, reduced tool wear, and extended machine tool life. Autodesk delivers advanced Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) solutions to a broad range of users, from designers and engineers to expert CNC programmers, regardless of their CAD tool of choice. Join the webinar and interact with our CAM expert to learn how you can transform your machine shop using Autodesk CAM solutions.

Advanced Functionality from CNC Controls - Understanding the Options

With a multitude of advanced functions available in today’s CNC controls, a deeper understanding of these functions and how they impact your manufacturing process is essential. This webinar will highlight and demystify features and benefits of HEIDENHAIN TNC controls. Primary topics : -TNC Functions in general -Dynamic Efficiency and Dynamic Precision -Features for different industries

Eight Keys to Selecting the Right Manufacturing ERP System

OVERVIEW Statistics show that a key driver of ERP success is organizational commitment which has to start at the system selection phase. Selecting the wrong ERP system can be a very expensive mistake — yet it’s very easily done. By picking the right ERP software, you can position your business to achieve new levels of productivity, efficiency and profits. This webinar details the organizational commitment and seven other key considerations that underpin the successful selection of an ERP system that delivers value on the factory floor as well as the bottom line.

Machining Dynamics, Using Science to Optimize High Performance Milling in Your Shop

Knowing where the “good” speeds are and knowing the permissible depths of cut can allow operators to double or triple metal removal rate without any modification of the existing tools, toolholders or the machine. However, nearly every part of the machine structure plays a role. It is the performance of the assembled machining system that counts, not any one piece. There is no general chatter-free tool, no best number of teeth and no best kind of toolholder. There is also no general best machine, spindle interface or spindle speed. Rather, all of the machining system’s elements contribute to the stability of the process. While suppliers of machines, tools and toolholders try to optimize their specific products, it is not until the pieces come together at the process that the performance is determined. Some tools and holders match one machine or process better than another. Sometimes, large stable zones correspond to the programmed spindle speeds, but far more often this is not the case. Vibration phenomena are not random, but rather they can be quantitatively measured and described. With the aid of advanced technology, it is now possible to scientifically quantify the vibration characteristics of a milling process, predict chatter, and make recommendations to eliminate it. Without this, machine tool users are guessing, and guessing represents a huge productivity loss. Trial-and-error programming, selection of unproductive cuts, scrap and damage to the machine are the hidden costs of insufficient information. Competitive shops need stability data for all their tools in all their machines. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Shop Management, CNC programmers, Application Engineers, Tool Crib and Set-Up Personnel

Will it Clean Up? How to Make Sure a Casting is Machinable Before You Start Cutting.

Does your shop machine castings or forgings? Wouldn’t it be great if you could be sure that the rough casting will clean up before you cut a single chip? In this webinar, we will demonstrate a pre-machining technique using a 3D laser scanner on a portable measuring arm. Scanning incoming castings allows you to set up the machine tool for a successful cut so that you don’t waste precious machine time on castings that are set up wrong, or worse, try to machine castings that could never meet spec no matter how they were set up. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • How to use a 3D scanner on rough castings • How to adjust your setups to accommodate high or low material conditions • How to align the scan of the rough casting with the CAD model of the finished part

Making the Connection

There are many options to choose from when purchasing a new machine, and sometimes selecting the right spindle and tool holder system is treated as an afterthought. But soon into production, those two elements prove to be anything but secondary considerations. This presentation aims to teach the differences and characteristics between various standards, including CAT, BIG-PLUS®, HSK, and BIG Capto. Each standard uniquely effects machine performance, so this webinar will discuss impacts on dynamic stiffness, will teach how to make sense of stability lobe diagrams and will address natural frequency. We’ll also cover cost considerations and 5-axis HSK tooling. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Considerations for optimizing the tool to spindle interface • Identify the common industry standards of tool holders used in automatic tool change machines • Identify spindle differences by accuracy, rigidity, damping, and dynamic stiffness • Compare costs between small and large taper spindle systems • Understand significance of the BIG-PLUS® spindle system

Using Tombstone Management to Increase Your Productivity

This webinar will explain the basics of Tombstone Management, demonstrating how this technology increases productivity. It will show how to go from programming a single part to the creation a multi-part program for a fully loaded Tombstone style fixture, ready for volume production. The webinar will also address changes in machining strategy, creation of stock and fixtures, and using simulation to verify toolpath created by the part program, eliminating costly errors at the physical machine. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • The goal of using Tombstone Management System (TMS) • Typical machines that benefit from TMS • TMS workflow • Benefits of using TMS and Machine Simulation

FANUC 5-Axis Machining 101

If you are just getting started with 5-axis machining or even just exploring the idea of it for the future, it can be a daunting task at first to tackle on your own. Having an expert guide you in the right direction and warn you about common errors will make the process easier and more efficient. Setting up the features for your application can make a big difference in the outcome of your process. This webinar will help get you started by telling you what you need in option content, parameter content and programming instructions to enable FANUC’s High Speed Smooth TCP, Workpiece Setting Error Compensation, Tilted Working Plane and AiCC functions to perform effectively.

Industrial Robots for Machine Tending—Increased Production, Added Flexibility

The webinar will show how automation and industrial robots can add substantial value to a variety of machine tending applications, presenting in detail how today’s modern industries can surpass the competition by improving efficiency, productivity and flexibility with robotic machine tending. The webinar will also include an introduction of ABB’s new Machine Tending PowerPac software that makes the programming of machine tending robots easier, faster, and more flexible than ever before. The key markets targeted in this webinar are the automotive OEMs and Tier1 suppliers, machine tool, foundry, forging, and the plastic injection molding industries.

Time to market is the key to beating the competition - learn how your company can jump ahead of the competition with the latest technology.

Wouldn’t it be nice if: 1. You could capture the best practices of your best programmers and machinist and apply these standard processes to ensure process quality, so that no matter who in your team creates the CNC program, they use tried and proven processes? 2. Your software could identify the features on a part that need to be machined and identify any machining related problems ahead of time? 3. You could say, with a high degree of confidence, that your machining processes were some of the most efficient in the industry Join us to understand how the latest in technology can help you address some of the challenges today’s machine shops face. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): Ability to identify machinability issues in design ahead of time and prevent surprised in what you achieve and what you estimate Ensure that your machining processes are standardized and you are able to intelligently re-use the knowledge of your best machinists even after they may no longer be with your team Take the full benefit of the ultra-high performance toolpaths to ensure the fastest machining times How these critical elements can be addressed using technology to be the best in time-to-market amongst your peers?


The success of manufacturing is determined by the effectiveness of operations. In your production process, cutting tools are the workhorses of any manufacturing project. There are many factors that influence the efficiency of cutting tools including feeds, speeds, material usage, and sharpness. From small machine shops to high tech applications, manufactures are faced with the challenge of dull cutting tools. This webinar addresses the causes of less than sharp tools and suggests methods for ensuring that dull tools do not bring your production to a halt. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Influencing factors on how cutting tools lose their sharpness • Solutions for keeping tools sharp

5-axis Technology: Does It Make Sense for Your Shop?

The advantages of 5-axis machining are can be significant, including both cost and time savings, with a direct impact to a shop’s bottom line. Certain parts with extremely complex shapes require full 5-axis motion in order to machine all required areas of the part, and other parts benefit from 5-axis positioning and can be machined in a single setup with greater accuracy and in less time. Multi-Task machines (MTM) can also make use of 5-axis machining in conjunction with conventional milling and turning operations. This webinar will demonstrate many of the advantages of 5-axis machining including various application examples and how participants can benefit from the use this technology. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Overview of 5-axis machining • Primary types of 5-axis machines • Benefits of 5-axis machining • Various applications for 5-axis machining • 5-axis programming techniques

Tips to Enhance Your NC Process

The goal for every shop is to get high quality products out the door – faster! You can play a part in making this happen by starting with your NC department. Join this free webinar and learn tips to improving your NC processes and how you can reduce programming times by 25% or more! Watch this webinar and you will see how: • Toolpath efficiency allows you to deliver tools faster • Optimized machining strategies ensure superior surface quality • You can achieve ultra high volume material removal with VoluMill • Accurate simulation guarantees error-free production • Tight CAD/CAM integration enables smooth transition from design to the shop floor