Unless it goes flat, a tire is something most of us take for granted. In fact, the process of making a tire is very specialized and is becoming more sophisticated all the time.
Apex Mold and Die was preparing to purchase its second Sharnoa CNC machine. At the time, Sharnoa was working with TekSoft to integrate ProCAM software into the machine's PC-based controller. That enabled Sharnoa users to create the cutter paths at the machine and then run the program.
Speed. For production companies, this simple word can mean the difference between keeping customers--and losing them.
This shop owner had an old 2D CAD/CAM system that was adequate to machine 2D parts, and although he was very adept at using this system, he knew that more complex parts would require a different approach. He then made a conscious and deliberate decision to jump into the world of 3D 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.
Mold and die makers familiar with Delcam, the UK-based software company probably associate that company with Duct, the CAD/CAM system for complex 3D forms. Users of Duct form an elite but loyal group. The system is difficult to master, but most who have mastered it consider it a powerful tool for die and mold production.