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14 07, 2017

What is Chip Load?

By |2017-12-22T08:32:16+00:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: Mastercam, Tech Tips|1 Comment

As part of our Foundations of Cutting Metal series, we are going to discuss Chip Load and Feed Per Tooth or Inch Per Tooth in relation to milling. Chip Load or Feed Per Tooth is the theoretical length of material that is fed into each cutting edge as it moves through the work material.Chip Load given by tool manufacturers is the distance the material is moved into the cutter at the centerline of the tool as each cutting edge rotates through to cut. It is a theoretical distance because other cutting factors like width of cut and cutting edge geometry affect the physical [...]

12 07, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Advanced Holes

By |2017-12-22T08:33:00+00:00July 12th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Since as early as SolidWorks 2000, SolidWorks has had the Hole Wizard tool to quickly help you create a hole on your part with a predefined cross-section, based on the standard and sizes that you chose, but now there is a new tool in SolidWorks 2017 called Advanced Holes. This is useful when the hole gets a little more involved, containing multi-sized cross-sections, like trying to create the holes for the shoulder bolts in the motor mount assembly shown above. This tool allows you to define the near side and far side faces of the hole, with differing specifications. To [...]

5 07, 2017

Why Product Manufacturing Information is Important

By |2017-12-22T08:34:41+00:00July 5th, 2017|Categories: Technology|0 Comments

By Joel Pollet, Senior Services Specialist Historically, machine shops relied on two items from their customer to fulfill a machining order; a CAD model and an inspection drawing. During my 3 ½ decades in our industry, the high-end, integrated CAD/CAM systems have always been able to convey manufacturing information from CAD to CAM or CAD to CAE. But what about CAD/CAM interfacing, such as Solidworks into Mastercam? These are two completely independent products from independent companies with independent development paths and unrelated requirements. Sharing model geometry is about as far as they go, but times are changing rapidly. Product Manufacturing [...]

5 07, 2017

3D Printed Aircraft Interior Innovations

By |2017-12-22T08:35:12+00:00July 5th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Think about the last time you took a commercial flight. What are some of the distinct things you remember about the aircraft cabin? If you could, how would you change some of the design elements using 3D printing technologies? The Paris Airshow recently took place and Stratasys was there to exhibit some of the new and innovative ways they think about aircraft interiors. From individual part weight reduction to a more comfortable layout and design, the future of aircraft interiors is set to take off in innovative ways. To celebrate the huge aviation industry event they have created an augmented [...]

28 06, 2017

Simultaneous Synchronized Scanning

By |2017-12-22T08:35:53+00:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: 3D Scanning, Tech Tips|0 Comments

This blog post is going to show you how to scan a mid-size part with tiny features. When scanning a model, you're usually faced with the decision of using a scanner that either has a large scan envelope and good resolution, or a scanner that has a small scan envelope with high resolution. But what if you needed the best of both worlds, that is, to capture both a larger part with small fine details? One way to achieve this is to run two scanners simultaneously, and synchronize them to the same turntable. The Geomagic's Capture scanner has an accuracy [...]

26 06, 2017

Install Tutorial – Mastercam 2018

By |2017-12-28T09:12:09+00:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: CQTV, MC 2018 Video Series|0 Comments

https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/e46e4qt3nc?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640ideoWidth=640   It is that time of the year again! Summer is back and with it comes the launch of Mastercam 2018. This install tutorial will walk you through the steps of installing the new update on your workstation.  

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