Reprinted from the Mastercam Blog Job shops usually don’t go back and reprogram parts again. However, that is exactly what Alan Granatowski, co-owner of Absolute Machine (Bloomfield, CT) is doing for some repeat jobs. The goal is to reprogram older parts to obtain some of the tool wear and cycle time improvements since he started using Mastercam with Dynamic Motion technology last year. For example, he said, “There is a monthly project I receive from this one company and I know the times on it. I have been able to knock 15 to 20% off the machining time, increase the tool life by 30 to 40%. For a small shop, that is a huge savings.” It used to take him two and a half days to fulfill this order for twenty each of eight part numbers. The customer was always in a hurry to get them and would sometimes call as Granatowski was finishing up to ask if it would be all right to send a driver over to pick them up. He reprogrammed six of the eight parts to incorporate Dynamic Motion technology when the next order arrived. This time the order only took a day and a half [...]
Join Fred Fisher, Director of PolyJet and FDM Applications at Stratasys, as he presents a real aircraft interior 3D printed using a unique combination additive manufacturing technologies. The presentation was filmed at Stratasys' aerospace-themed booth at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt.
Reprinted from 3DPrint.com Stratasys, with dual headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, has announced 12 new high-performance 3D printers and materials, in a move which should provide investors with renewed confidence in their rapidly growing business. The new products, which will be unveiled at EuroMold 2014, at the end of this month, include upgrades and an expansion in the company’s scope to new areas of the market. “The global design and manufacturing market continues to push toward creating smarter products with greater efficiency. Because we believe in, and support this trend, we have announced today a range of solutions that focus on ‘democratizing design.’ Our customers, whatever their size or industry, can now access a wide spectrum of cutting-edge 3D printing capabilities and deliver competitive advantage,” said Gilad Yron, sr. vice president, Product Management, Stratasys. “We invite every designer and manufacturer at this year’s EuroMold to visit one of our three booths to see how 3D printing is shaping the way we manufacture.” 6 New Industrial PolyJet 3D Printers Included in this expansion are six new PolyJet 3D printers targeting customers who are looking for more affordable, but smaller machines. The new printers include the compact Objet260 Connex1, [...]
Thank you to all who attended the Cimquest Grand Opening event in our new Branchburg, NJ Headquarters. Over 250 customers, prospects, partners, media and industry professionals joined the Cimquest team to celebrate our new home! Stay tuned for upcoming events in our Advanced Manufacturing Showroom showcasing the addition of the Stratasys Fortus 900 and Connex 3!
Reprinted from Ten Links Daily TOLLAND, CT, Oct 27, 2014 – The most recent analysis of CAM software seats produced by CIMdata, Inc. shows that CNC Software’s Mastercam is once again the world’s most widely-used CAM software for the 20th straight year. With over 200,000 installed seats worldwide, Mastercam has nearly twice the installed base of the closest competitor.“We are grateful to have many of these real-world shops giving us feedback and suggestions on what they need to make the most of their time and money,” says CNC Software president, Mark Summers. “What does it mean for NC programmers? Machine shops? Machinists? What does it mean for you?” Summers continues, “If you’re looking to hire, it means there are many qualified Mastercam programmers in the workforce, and, if you’re looking for work it means you have more opportunities with a shop that uses Mastercam. It means there is a greater variety of training tools available to help you make sure your skills stay sharp. And it means that you have access to the largest community of CAM users on the planet.” Mastercam holds almost 25% of the Educational market. CNC Software demonstrates a commitment to the future of our industry, [...]
Reprinted from 3dprint.com Innovation, innovation, innovation is the manufacturer’s equivalent to the well-known real estate mantra. Top performers like Nike don’t get the luxury of duplicating cookie cutter condos year after year. From moment to moment, the company has to deliver the new with a breakthrough nexus. At a company known for innovation and acute attention to feedback from its customers, Nike president Mike Parker sees innovation in manufacturing as a key component for the continued success of the company. Manufacturing is brand and innovation intensive, and with one of the world’s best known brands, Nike is always on the prowl for the next inventive product. Constantly pushing the envelope of new materials, textures, concepts and design testing keeps the company riding the cutting edge of sportswear development. There is a never-ending winnowing process to get the best ideas and processes for maintaining company growth year after year. Sports equipment and apparel is among the most competitive business sectors, so change is constant. Redirecting its manufacturing processes with innovative initiatives keeps the sports juggernaut focused on new products, how the products are made and what they are made from. “It’s not only a place where we can see some margin [...]
Article From: 5/20/2014 Modern Machine Shop, Mark Albert , Editor-in-Chief The Dynamic Motion option in CNC Software’s Mastercam generates tool paths by following an expansive set of rules that are different from those most CAM software has traditionally followed. The motion of the tool is not defined strictly by boundaries of the area to be machined. Instead, the rules take into consideration not only the area from which metal is to be removed, but also the changing condition of the material throughout the various stages of machining. What happens when the programmer clicks the button to start generating tool paths in CAM software? Truth is, it’s hard for the programmer to tell what the lines of code and the algorithms they represent are going to do. The only way to accurately judge is to evaluate the results after executing the finished program. An interesting look at “what goes on inside” CAM software when it generates a tool path comes from the Dynamic Motion option in CNC Software’s Mastercam. The developers say this approach to generating tool paths is unusual because the set of rules followed by this software function are expansive and different from the rules most CAM software has traditionally followed. Dynamic Motion [...]
This step by step instructional video shows you the best way to update your existing Mastercam files to X8. In X8 the Update Folder is no longer used, everything is done thru the Migration Utility.