CIMdata recently conducted an extensive worldwide study of moldmakers to better understand current moldmaking operational processes and technologies being employed, issues being faced by mold producers, their plans to remain competitive in a tough worldwide environment and the requirements that they place on their CAD/CAM suppliers. One of the many areas examined and presented in this 135-page report was that of CAD/CAM buying preferences.
Speed is one of the selling points athletic shoe manufacturers use to market their products: Buy their shoes and you'll run faster. But speed is not just a factor in selling shoes; it has become an essential in their manufacture as well.
This shop's programmer/operators, equipped with the most versatile CAD/CAM software they could choose, moved on to the tool path and cut more combinations of amazingly diverse parts, as a company confident of its ability to meet any of its customers' molding, machining or manufacturing needs.
After investigating several different possibilities for growth, this mold shop decided to start milling the digital CAD models. This meant that they would need to purchase a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling center as well as a CAM software package to run on it.
The many rules of programming CNC cutter radius compensation can make machining problems difficult to diagnose and correct.