This blog post will discuss creating Mastercam drill operations for tapping. The order of operations for the tapping cycle will typically share common parameters from part to part. By creating custom drill operations, you can increase the efficiency of programming for these common features. Our example fixture plate has multiple drilled and tapped one half 13 holes. Starting with the chamfer drill toolpath, we took advantage of the solid feature defining the tapped hole. Remember [...]
The Universal CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) is a software-only alternative to many of the cryptic and clumsy programming software products that ship with CMM’s and Head controllers. The Verisurf AUTOMATE module provides communications between Verisurf software and the CMM giving you a simple user interface to address authoring inspection programs from a variety of supported CMM’s. Tolerating outdated metrology software is now a thing of the past, especially for companies owning multiple CMM’s, each with [...]
Two of our Mastercam experts (Rick Bair and Yolexis Lima) recently joined a corporate Mastercam meeting to discuss the success they were having with Mastercam Swiss Solutions. Here is what our experts shared about their confidence in the product, and how it is not only opening the doors to new customers but strengthening relationships with customers already using Mastercam. The following are excerpts from the presentation. Top left to right: Mastercam Swiss Product Specialist Chris [...]
Decades ago, Distributed Numerical Control or DNC consisted of serial cables run from a computer system to a very expensive, proprietary DNC serial hub. Proprietary shop floor boxes were often times used to initiate the transfer of files. All this for the sole purpose of downloading and uploading G-Code programs to CNC machines. So what’s different today? One of the biggest changes is the shift from very expensive, proprietary hardware to open systems with commercially [...]
We just recently finished another 3D printing project here at Cimquest that helped out our local medical community amid the COVID-19 crisis. This time we printed and assembled 94 face shields that we donated to Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ. Jimmy Barrera purchased the plastic face shields, Cimquest printed the headband portion that holds the shields. Those headbands were designed by Avid Product Development specifically for the HP 4200/5200 MJF printers. We printed them [...]
Mastercam 2020 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation. 2D high-speed toolpaths, 3D enhancements, and multiaxis features combine with dozens of additional new enhancements in a software package intended to improve shop floor productivity. Here are some of the significant highlights and new functionality in Mastercam Mill: General Enhancements Mastercam’s signature Dynamic Motion™ toolpath has been updated to streamline performance and increase programming speed. Accelerated Finishing™ receives new support [...]
reprint from https://3dprintingindustry.com The HP STITCH S500 and. Image via HP. HP has launched a portfolio of digital textile printers for fast and precise color-matching. The new products show how additive manufacturing is increasingly used for end-use production. This new range of large-format 2D printers, named the HP Stitch S series, incorporates 3D printed parts. Using additive manufacturing has saved the company an estimated $145,000 in tooling, design prototype modifications and final parts [...]
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/08qxkvd0e5?embedType=iframe&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Add In Functions Part 1 Simple add in functions like these can help organize and accelerate your Mastercam workflow.