Let’s take a closer look at the HP 3D printing and their Multi Jet Fusion for machinery and production line components. Factories utilize machines of all shapes and sizes. These machines are highly specialized and consist of custom components made in small volumes. As industries strive to add more value to their customers, manufacturers are under pressure to reduce costs associated with machinery. HP Multi Jet Fusion offers a solution for producing optimized machine components, and at greater speeds and lower costs than conventional methods. Through greater speed with HP’s platform, production line downtime is reduced. In-house, on-demand production of multiple [...]
Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 - "How to Create a Projected First Article from a Virtual Mold Trial in Moldex3D." This webinar will give an overview of how you can run a virtual mold trial as if you were standing on your production floor and produce complete dimensional results, reducing or eliminating rework. The webinar will start with details needed in your simulation model. How to run a scientific process matching your machine. How the resulting virtual part can be evaluated dimensionally as if you produced a physical part. Including color map (aligned to [...]
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/fd6l8d7xgq?embedType=iframe&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Whether through a cable or wireless connection, Cimco DNC Max is capable of communications with many machines simultaneously. You’re provided with a rigid file structure, ensuring the correct version programs make their way to your machines without unnecessary and timely file searching.
Today we are going to explore one of the newest features in Mastercam 2019 called Axis Control. This new feature can be found inside of the Machine Simulation options and is a great tool to ensure all of the axis, X,Y, and Z along with A,B, and C all fall within the limits of your machine. Let’s begin with a part file that includes proper stock setup and some toolpaths on it to simulate. Go into the Backplot and Simulator options in the Toolpaths Manager and then into the Simulation tab in the top right corner. From here, make [...]
Today we are going to do a quick review of Techni-Grip Work Holding’s 5-axis 6” round top fixture. Techni-grip Work Holding was borne directly from their manufacturing floor to solve many challenges like repeatability, standardization, simple setup and increased access to all sides of the workpiece. The patented design is easy to clean between part changes and the simple dovetail clamping hardware allows for fast setups since there are no jaws, parallels or spreaders to adjust or set. It requires only a .125” stock to hold workpieces. The first step is to prepare the dovetail and the location holes. [...]
Join us on February 20, 2019 at 2:30 PM EST for a webinar entitled, How to Create a “Projected First Article” from a Virtual Mold Trial in Moldex3D. During this 1-hour webinar, you will get an overview of how you can run a virtual mold trial as if you were standing on your production floor. The webinar will start with details needed in your simulation model and will continue to cover: how to run a scientific process matching your machine; and how the resulting virtual part can be evaluated dimensionally as if you produced a physical part. It will also [...]
Mastercam recently announced that Harvey Tool and Helical Solutions’ tool libraries are now available to Mastercam users on Mastercam’s Tech Exchange site. These libraries, optimized for all supported Mastercam versions, contain all the end mill options that can be found in Harvey Tool and Helical Solutions most recent catalogs, totaling to more than 15,000 tools now available for Mastercam users to import. Readily available, comprehensive tool libraries translate into increased productivity for Mastercam users. Importing accurate tool libraries vetted by both Mastercam and manufacturers directly into the software saves the machinist valuable time. Without these libraries, machinists would need to [...]
Formlabs recently announced their latest material – Elastic Resin and this article will take a closer look at it. Soft silicone and urethane parts are typically produced through moldmaking. These materials must be both highly elastic and strong. 3D printing them was once only possible on expensive industrial machine, but with Elastic Resin, companies can now simulate molded silicone, making it possible to print soft, resilient prototypes right on the desktop. Elastic resin is Formlabs' most pliable material with a shore durometer of 50A and an Elongation of 160%. Due to its high elongation excellent tear strength, parts printed with [...]