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Get up and running with Autodesk CAM in less than an hour

Wed, Jan 14, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Learn how to download free CAM software from Autodesk and get started in less than an hour. Experience unmatched ease-of-use in creating toolpaths within an integrated CAM environment. Watch the hardware technology put to use for stock and toolpath simulation, and for generalatestting trusted g-code within minutes. Before you know, you have your job programmed and ready to be sent to the shop floor! Primary topics: •CAM solutions from Autodesk •Easy toolpath creation for parts using integrated CAM •Walkthrough of 2.5D, advanced 3D, and 5-Axis milling •Post and cut (make the chips fly!)

CNC Programming Made Easy with MANUAL GUIDE i Conversational Programming – Part 5: Probing

Tue, Jan 20, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Without particular knowledge of G-code programming, it is possible to generate part programs with user-friendly software for shop floor programming just by answering simple questions. FANUC’s MANUAL GUIDE i conversational programming is fast and efficient programming for milling, turning and mill-turn centers equipped with FANUC CNCs. The innovative programming enables development from a drawing to a production part in a very short time – producing highly efficient results even for complex parts. Parts 1 - 4 of this 5 Part webinar series on MANUAL GUIDE i reviewed the functionality, set-up, creating a basic turning & milling program, advanced turning & milling cycles, contouring and thread milling. To view these webinars, please visit:


Stepping Up to 5-Axis

5-axis technology is used in a variety of applications, including the production of impellers and turbine blades, cutting tools, ports and inlets, as well as the machining of aerospace structural parts, rubber molds, patterns and models, medical implants, and deep cavity molds. Although 5-axis technology has been in use since the 1980’s, several market trends are driving an increasing number of manufacturers to step up and adopt and improve the technology these days. While adopting a 5-axis technology can translate into extensive business opportunities and operational advantages, stepping up to 5-axis carries its own set of challenges. Join this FREE WEBINAR and learn: • How 5-Axis can help you get ahead of the competition • Requirements you should look for in a software solution to support your 5-axis operations • Implementation considerations when stepping up to 5-Axis • How real-life tool shops are taking advantage of 5-Axis • How YOU can smoothly step up to 5-Axis!

The Choice is Yours for a Successful ERP

Aberdeen Group’s research has consistently shown that an ERP system plays a significant role in the operations of successful companies. Selecting an ERP system, whether for the first time or as a replacement, can be one of the most impactful things that a company can do to improve operations. There are many choices to be made when choosing an ERP: cloud or on-premise, large or small, modules or all-encompassing, implementation partners or do-it-yourself, etc. Join us on November 20, 2014 at 2PM EST and learn about the choices you need to make to become a Best-in-Class company. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • What factors are important when considering an ERP system • How to navigate challenges within an organization when choosing an ERP system • Tips and tricks on how you compare with the Best-in-Class when it comes to implementing ERP

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.