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.
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/dtgvtk06gl?embedType=iframe&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Cimquest Ohio Office Grand Opening We're excited to expand into the Midwest with the opening of our Ohio Office and 3D Printing Showroom. Manufacturers in this region now have a new trusted source for the latest 3D printing and scanning technologies, including hardware, software, and services
There is an underutilized feature in Mastercam called Find Level from Geometry, that can be found inside of the Levels Manager. This is a useful tool when you look at part files that have lots of different levels, each with their own geometry, whether it is wireframe, solids, or surface models on the screen. Usually what users do is turn all their levels off and then one by one, turn each one back on to [...]
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/1u0vyr1yhc?embedType=iframe&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 High Performance Graphics Card Setup If not plugged into the high-performance card, your Mastercam software might seem a bit slow, sluggish, or worse, crash either during startup or when we are using the software