The NX software suite from Siemens provided this moldmaker with tools that simplified and automated steps in the mold design process.
Open Mind Technologies has introduced HyperMill 2020.1, featuring enhancements to 3D and 5-Axis Machining for complex part manufacturing.
The 2020.1 release of Visi mold and die software enhances the progressive die design processes and provides enhancements for the Reverse module.
Centerpoint 10 is designed for greater ease of use, faster startup time and a shortened learning curve.
The latest release of Visi CAD/CAM, from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Production Software business, is said to improve mold and progressive-die design processes.
SmartCAMcnc has announced the release of SmartCAM v2019 comprising CNC milling, turning, fabrication and wire EDM capabilities.
With so much happening in a busy show year between NPE2018 and Amerimold 2018, MoldMaking Technology is revisiting some of the technology that was on display. In case you missed it: Version 2018 R2 of the Visi software platform from Vero Software (which the company has at IMTS 2018) provides a module for reverse engineering, along with improvements for CAD and CAM processes.
CAD/CAM software for moldmaking became one company’s “universal translator,” smoothing communication and interoperability between client, designer, machinist and machine.
VisualCAM from MecSoft will enable users to instantly share and alter CAD/CAM files in a web browser through Onshape.
Open Mind Technologies’ HyperCAD-S Electrode module for its HyperMill software automates the design and production of electrodes for die-sinking, enabling users to base their electrode designs on the face to be machined within the component geometry.
This year’s conference emphasized automation while centering human creativity, offering educational courses and workshops for customers.
Posting tool paths for different operations to the machine individually rather than as a single, combined part program helps this heavily lights-out operation quickly address the causes of tool wear and breakage.
Standardized parameters for specific material and cutting tool combinations help this hard milling specialist manage a highly varied workload with minimal labor.
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.
This mold maker has become more competitive by establishing a high speed machining process that is predictable enough to confidently run lights-out.
It’s easy see unplanned customer changes as a headache, yet engineering changes also represent an opportunity.