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A Message from 3D Systems
As Seen In Modern Machine Shop
One Five-Axis Process, 10 Elements of Automation
The new five-axis machine at Phoenix Proto has a pallet pool with loading system, but there are many other less obvious elements of automation in this precision mold-machining process that are just as essential.
High Speed Leads to Lights-Out
This mold maker has become more competitive by establishing a high speed machining process that is predictable enough to confidently run lights-out.
Mold Shop Cures the “Curse of Knowledge”
How do you transfer knowledge from skilled employees to apprentices? Here’s how one shop did it using a Facebook-like sharing system.
Software Streamlines Model-to-Mold Production
At Marland Mold, CimatronE CAM software’s modeling tools, postprocessors and other features streamline manufacturing operations from initial design to finished part.
Last Glance at IMTS 2010
It would be impossible to cover all of the key exhibitors at IMTS 2010—even if every booth got merely a quick glance. However, the editors of MMS did get glimpses of some interesting technologies exhibited at the show...
The Progress of a Progressive Die Maker
This shop sees no long-term threat in the reality of lower prices. Machine tool investments related to various die components allow the shop to use skilled labor more efficiently.
Integrating Design, Manufacturing Processes
Lack of associativity between this shop’s design and manufacturing software packages led to extra work and a high risk of introducing errors into the process. To address these challenges, the mold manufacturer implemented an end-to-end CAD/CAM package from Cimatron that ensured a seamless workflow and eliminated time-consuming manual operations.
3D Designs Lend Process Transparency, Improved Communication
This shop wanted to use a CAD system to replace its 2D pencil-and-paper designs. CimatronE software helped the shop streamline its design process while saving valuable machining time on the shop floor.
From Mold Making To Mold Manufacturing
Pro Mold had to change its entire shop culture to make the move to “net machining.” The experience made the company stronger.
Software Standardization Simplfies Electrode Design
To remain competitive, this manufacturer has had to adapt to changes in the demands of its customers, including leadtime reduction. This software has enabled the company to design and build molds more efficiently. Prior to standardizing on the software, the company used disparate applications for each department.
CAD/CAM Considerations For Micromilling
Milling with tools that are smaller than 100 microns in diameter presents equipment design and toolpath-generation challenges. This NC software maker offers strategies for creating safe, optimized tool paths for micromilling.
Software Streamlines Tool And Die Shop's Operations
Since 1980, this company has grown from a 3,800-square-foot building to housing 400,000 square feet and 260 skilled employees in three separate buildings.
Mold Machining And Beyond
Adopting high speed machining entailed some surprises. One of the surprises was an unforeseen opportunity for new work.
Getting To Know Knowledge-Based Machining
The term refers to different levels of automation that CAM software developers are building into their NC programming software.
Moldmaker Re-Engineers Tooling Process
Mold and die manufacturer LS Mold (Holland, Michigan) was looking to generate business growth by re-engineering its approach to tooling to secure a strategic advantage over its competition.
Sparking Better Designs
By automating repetitive splitting and electrode-design work, an Ohio mold and die shop spurs creativity and expands EDM applications.
Software Package Helps Cut Up To 50 Percent Off Tooling Delivery
Speed. For production companies, this simple word can mean the difference between keeping customers--and losing them.
Automating EDM Electrode Design For Mold Making
Many EDM electrode design steps are being automated, making electrode production faster and easier. Developments promise to streamline situations where EDMing is unavoidable, as well as make EDM attractive as the most efficient machining process in many cases where complex mold shapes are involved.
Tool Path Strategies For High Speed Machining
CAD/CAM features can be key to realizing effective High Speed Machining.
Automated NC Programming Moves To New Dimension
CAM developers are now building much more intelligence into their systems to analyze 3D geometry and then generate appropriate machining routines for the work at hand.