Systems & Software
A retired engineer with no prior machining experience is learning how to be a machinist. His quickly increasing skillset demonstrates how new machining technology is becoming more capable and easier to pick up and apply.
A mold manufacturer that specializes in precision, thin-walled container molds chose an integrated approach to establishing an effective five-axis “3 + 2” machining process.
Quickly updating tool paths to remachine die surfaces enables this shop to provide short runs of prototype formed sheet metal parts. This fast response to engineering changes and design adjustments helps its customers adhere to tightly scheduled vehicle launch programs. QFS relies on integrated CAD and CAM software to make this happen. In this case, the software of choice are PowerShape and PowerMill from Delcam.
With the increase in demand for closer tolerances on difficult-to-machine parts, shops look to improve efficiency through simplified processes.
CNC Software’s Mastercam X9 introduces Dynamic Motion improvements, multi-axis enhancements, and other design and system features.
CGTech’s Vericut V7.3 software is designed to simulate, verify and optimize CNC machining.
Edited by Jedd Cole
PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc., demonstrates its PartMaker 2015 software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.
Intelli-CAM from Omax Corp is especially tailored for the needs of AWJ machine users. This CAM software provides features that support additive manufacturing applications.