Blog 2018-02-06T09:27:36+00:00

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Check here often to find Cimquest, Mastercam and 3D Printing happenings, product offerings and update info along with general Industry trends and breaking news.

Desktop Metal Receives Two Patents for Removable 3D Printing Support Technology

Reprint from
It hasn’t yet been a year since Desktop Metal announced the release of its two metal 3D printing systems, the DM Studio System and the DM Production System. Investors and others had been eagerly anticipating the introduction of the startup’s new technology, and they weren’t disappointed, as the Studio System and Production System looked right away to be impressive developments.

The Studio System was described by Desktop Metal as the first office-friendly metal 3D printing system, featuring a 3D printer, a debinder, and a sintering furnace that fit neatly into an office or workshop. It also introduced Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) 3D printing technology, a powder-free technology that involves the extrusion of rods of bound metal. It’s safer and easier than other types of metal 3D printing technology, with support structures that can be removed by hand.

The Production System is the first metal 3D printing system to be designed for mass production. It too introduced a new 3D printing technology: Single Pass Jetting (SPJ), which is capable of 3D printing parts 100 […]

By | May 9th, 2018|3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Desktop Metal|0 Comments

Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS 2018 Enhancements

Mastercam® for SOLIDWORKS®
Mastercam 2018 for SOLIDWORKS delivers many new features to keep your shop running at peak performance. All of the Mastercam Mill and Lathe toolpath improvements are also included in Mastercam 2018 for SOLIDWORKS, as well as the following enhancements.

In Mastercam 2018 for SOLIDWORKS, Face center points were introduced and were tied to Center points. Now, Face center points and Center points are independent of each other. You can use the Make Center Point option to create a single point in the middle of the Bounding Box and/or use the Make face
center points option to create points at the center of each face.

New Router Support
Mastercam 2018 for SOLIDWORKS introduces support for Router, including Saw toolpaths, Block Drill toolpaths, and more. All specialized Router toolpaths are available through the menus once you activate a Router machine.

Automatic Toolpathing (ATP) automates the process of assigning toolpaths to geometry for recurrent parts using a machining strategy. A machining strategy contains one or more level names that are associated or mapped to Mastercam operations. Create […]

By | May 7th, 2018|Mastercam|0 Comments

Advanced Manufacturing Expo Early Bird Registration Now Open

Come visit the largest Advanced Manufacturing Expo & 3D Printer Showroom in NJ. Our annual event is growing larger every year. It is designed to broaden your knowledge of what is hot in the Advanced Manufacturing arena and what you need to be aware of to remain productive in today’s rapidly changing world of technology. Enjoy innovative product demos while you network with top industry executives and your peers. This year the Advanced Manufacturing Expo has been expanded to 3 days and will take place on October 16 – 18, 2018 at the Cimquest Advanced Manufacturing facility in Branchburg, NJ. Join us for one day or all three days.

Advanced Manufacturing ExpoOpen Exhibit Hours
Tuesday, October 16th – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday, October 17th – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday, October 18th – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Early Bird Registration is now open. Register by August 31st and save $50!

Early Bird Registration by August 31, 2018 – $25
Register between Sept 1 – […]

By | May 4th, 2018|Events, News / Promos|0 Comments

Productivity and Machining Performance

(Reprint from Cutting Tool Manufacturing magazine.)

Those who track productivity and machining performance are likely familiar with the concept of price versus cost of use. Despite their familiarity, though, when they talk to a cutting tool vendor about price, their reaction often is “Yikes, that tool is expensive!” They react this way because they don’t understand how tool performance affects the true cost of machining a particular part.

Many expensive cutting tools have been engineered for high efficiency. When programmed to follow optimal CAM toolpaths and matched to a machine tool’s capability, they may offer total-cost-and-performance results that are significantly better than lower-cost cutting tools.

Unlike traditional, offset-based toolpaths, newer toolpath strategies and technology can help keep machining performance at an optimal level. All images courtesy of CNC Software.

At our manufacturing lab, CNC Software Inc., Tolland, Conn., conducted tests comparing cutting tool prices and actual productivity costs. We wanted to discover if preconceived notions we hear about cutting tool costs were true. One notion is that productivity results for […]

By | May 2nd, 2018|Mastercam|0 Comments

Mastercam 2018 System Enhancements

Mastercam 2018 System Enhancements
In the Mastercam 2018 release, there have been many system enhancements that can be seen throughout the entire Mastercam Family of Products. If you are using Mastercam 2018, it’s good a good reminder and if you’re not yet using Mastercam 2018, here’s what you are missing.

Analyze Toolpath – Now includes XYZ location data corresponding to the mouse location at the start or end of the toolpath segment. This is in addition to the feed and speed data that is shown between the start and end of the segment. And, Analyze Distance Along Curve allows you to find the distance along a line, arc, or spline edge without having to trim or break it first.

Command Finder – Searches for and opens Mastercam functions. It opens as a floating window that can be repositioned and remains on-screen until you close it. Enter a word in the Command Finder and Mastercam returns a list of possible matches that include a short description of the function.

Endpoint Display – Has been enhanced, […]

By | April 30th, 2018|Mastercam, News / Promos|0 Comments

Haas Factory Outlet Demo Day

Haas Factory Outlet Demo Day

It was 30 years ago when the HAAS VF-1 vertical machining center was born and now you’re invited to see how it has become the most popular CNC machine ever!

Haas is hosting a very special Demo Day on Wednesday, May 9th 2018 at various local Haas Factory Outlet locations.

Please visit your local Haas Factory Outlet for this exciting event to see demonstrations, enjoy food, refreshments, and networking, and also have a chance to win a Race Weekend Giveaway. Plus, attendees will receive a free commemorative T-shirt in celebration of their very first vertical machining center, the VF-1!

Please note that Cimquest will be showing Mastercam at the following HAAS Factory Outlet locations:

HFO Allendale, NJ
HFO Long Island
HFO Pittsburgh
HFO Bensalem

Don’t miss out. Click the button below to register.

Register Here

By | April 27th, 2018|Events, News / Promos|0 Comments
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