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SHOP SOLUTIONS CNC Swiss Training


Aerotech’s programmer/machinists are creating pro- grams for all of the CNC equipment that operates on the 10-hr day shift, and for an increasing number of machines that operate untended on the 10-hr second shift. When the programmers develop a program for a prototype that will initially run on a single table mill, they are also emulat- ing a program that will be able to seamlessly transfer to their Palletech system if the part is ultimately needed on a production basis.


Because much of the manufacturing takes place on the untended second shift, the volume of programs created has nearly doubled over the past five years. The team has been able to keep pace with this requirement because of the new tools provided in Mastercam to make each successive generation of the software faster and easier to use for the programmer/machinists. “It really makes it easier on the programming side when you can finish a product almost as efficiently as you can rough it out. It works wonders,” said Jones. “Today, we can program in half the time compared to five years ago. A lot of the buttons I’m talking about show up in the five-axis stuff. The five-axis drilling is really simple. Instead of having multiple setups, you can just leave your part in the same spot and it’s really simple to click the holes and drill your part. If you are doing multiple parts, you have that one operation and you just click, click, click, and you’re done.” According to Jones, efficiency trumps throughput. When- ever they can, his programmer/machinists do time studies to ascertain the effectiveness of new machining approaches introduced into the CAM software. Based on such stud- ies, Mastercam’s Surface Rough Pocket toolpath has been established as the go-to strategy for roughing. “This is one of the best toolpaths for getting our part down to near net shape as quickly as possible. You go into the model, put a containment boundary around the tool, and let it loose to do its thing. Instead of having 15 or 20 different operations to run that part out, you have one,” said Jones. Aerotech is now doing time studies on Mastercam’s tool- paths incorporating Dynamic Motion technology with built-in intelligence to adjust feeds and speeds according to the condition of the material immediately ahead of the tool. For example, Dynamic Peel Mill was recently tested for a titanium job. Dynamic Peel Mill reduced an hour of cutting time down to 40 minutes and tool life was better. For more information from Mastercam/CNC Software Inc., go to www.mastercam.com, or phone 860-875-5006.


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Develop machinists faster and to higher levels of competency with this proven online training system. Choose from Citizen, Star or Tsugami lathes along with any of the 5 brands of automatic bar loaders to focus the course to meet your needs. They will interact with realistic simulations of the selected brand of lathe and loader to speed learning and reduce errors. The self-paced material enables rapid development with full learner accountability. Case studies show faster setups, better quality, less tool and machine damage. Illustrated manuals are included to provide long-term reference documents for each trainee. Easy to implement within normal daily operations. A built-in learning management system provides documentation to meet quality audit requirements.


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