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who allocate manufacturing tasks to those who program and operate various CNC mills, lathes, and waterjet ma- chines, as well as perform welding, fabrication, and painting operations. With all the steps involved in these diverse manufacturing processes, there are numerous opportunities to use fl exible tools within the CAM software to iden- tify and eliminate ineffi ciencies. For example, during the past two years, the company has shifted from conventional G-code to conversational programming of lathes. These pro- grams are faster and easier to write with CAM software and they allow the programmer/operators to create unique contours that would have otherwise required the commitment of hours of time from an experienced programmer. These programs are faster and more accurate because algorithms in the software maintain continuously smooth engagement of the tool. The Mas- tercam CAD engine makes it easy to design and align workholding solutions while the part is being programmed. Branco said that the enhanced model rendering in the latest version of Mas- tercam allows him to create softer or sharper edges on solid models for increased fl exibility in fi xture design. Planet Tool’s Mastercam-resident tooling library plays a signifi cant role in reducing spindle time by organizing cutting tools and making them readily available when needed. Working with its Mastercam Reseller, QTE Manu- facturing Solutions (Weldon Spring, MO), the company designed its library so that each tool is sorted according to job number and part number. The toolcrib attendant receives a setup sheet generated using Mastercam that matches the tooling. “It will probably save the operator about 15 minutes per part. What we really gain is spindle time because the operator doesn’t have to


go out searching for the tools every time he changes over to an new part.” said Branco. “He can go directly from one job to the next with little machine downtime.”


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