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defects as small as 0.001" [0.025 mm], and accurately determine how much polishing the surface needs and where it is required,” Perry said. “Thanks to the computing power and automated systems now available, the program changes can be done on the fl y, based on the feedback data being collected by the robot. This approach has massive potential for improving the productivity of the robot and the quality and consistency of the parts being produced.”


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PowerMill’s automatic mirroring shown with this automotive mold saves users considerable time whenever right- and left-hand versions are needed of a part/tool or machining symmetrical objects.


Enhancements to PowerMill 2016 include the ability to automatically mirror complete projects in one operation while maintaining key machining characteristics, he added. PowerMill’s toolpath verifi cation checks have been ex- tended to work with complete NC programs. “This power- ful feature checks for collisions and near-misses as well as highlighting movements that could cause the machine to over-travel in one or more axes,” he said. The software also now offers high-effi ciency Constant Z ordering of rib- machining toolpaths to optimize the connection moves, reducing air cutting and improving overall cycle time.


What Moldmakers Need It’s important to start with what moldmakers are looking


for, noted Hari Sridharan, director of Application Engineering & Training (Americas)—Software Business Unit, for Cima- tron Group (Novi, MI, and Givat Shmuel, Israel). “Demand is picking up, but resources are still tight, so moldmakers are looking for different ways to increase productivity,” Srid- haran said. “We are seeing a trend towards hardware and


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