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.
Edited by Emily Probst
Intriguing Concepts LLC, a mold prototyping and production shop, uses Surfcam CAM software to achieve better surface finishes and production times.
Edited by Jedd Cole
Griffo Brothers has expanded its Camlink GB\DataEntry software for offline Mazak Mazatrol programming with an added Solids Toolpath Check feature.
This small job shop utilizes CAD/CAM software to increase efficiency of older machines, improving part production and creating new business opportunities in the process.
Lori Beckman (editor)
DP Technology Corp. has released the latest version of its pioneering flagship product Esprit 2015.
Edited by Stephanie Hendrixson
DP Technology’s Esprit 2015 CAM software offers improvements for intelligent machining, strategic machining, CAD-CAM data exchange and cloud-enabled CAM.