CAM for Die/Mold

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Published: 3/1/1998

Find The Time
This mold shop shows where to look. Faced with tighter lead times, it achieved faster workflow by using existing machinery and manpower in more efficient ways.

Published: 11/1/1997

A Solid Footing
When a manual pattern maker stepped up to CNC machining, he needed a simple way to write tool paths for his complex patterns. He found it. He also found a source of revenue he never anticipated.

Published: 10/1/1997

Interpolating Curves
The ability to import complex curves into CNCs promises to let shops finally get beyond old limitations imposed by contouring with linear interpolation. Faster and smoother cutting will be the result.

Published: 8/15/1997

Programming For High Speed Machining
You'll have to change your NC programming strategy for high speed machining. Here are some quick tips, and some features to look for in your CAM system.

Published: 7/1/1997

Moving 3D Programming To The Shop
New CAM systems are not just making shopfloor programming of 3D mold cores and cavities practical, they're making it easy. Here's a look at the technology and how two Detroit tool shops are making off-line and shopfloor programming work together.

Published: 7/1/1996

Machining In Circles
By converting conventional point-to-point contouring programs to arcs, shops are slashing program lengths, boosting average feed rates, and getting better surface finishes.

Published: 3/1/1996

A Closer Look At Look-Ahead
This CNC capability is helping make machine tools move far faster, and more accurately, than ever before. Here's how it works.

Published: 2/1/1996

Solid Models Make Molds Faster
Solid modeling technology has enabled this piston manufacturer to design prototype casting molds in a fraction of the time it once took. Here's their entire design-to-manufacturing process.

Published: 1/15/1996

Moving CAM to the Shop Floor
Creating a tool path is no longer the exclusive province of the CAD/CAM department. Shops are putting better CAM tools in the hands of their skilled toolmakers so they can assume responsibility for their own part programs.

Published: 9/1/1995

Moving CAM To The Shop Floor
Conventional wisdom has it that CAD/CAM is something that happens in an office somewhere--indeed anywhere other than the shop floor. The notion of operators generating complex 3D tool path right there in the shop is simply not embraced by very ma...

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