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MOLD MACHINING


tool that enables saving frequently used machining method macros. “If you’re machining a core block out of H13, the user can program it once, and then the software stores that knowledge and you can use it again. It’s a macro on steroids, with full chocolat- ey goodness,” Genc said. “You can add interaction to it, you can add custom dia- log boxes to it—everything is drag and drop.” The software auto- adapts itself, he added. “We’re literally taking out what’s hard to use in a CAM software out of the software.”


The new Hyper-i control offers programming simplicity for Makino’s line of EDM machines. Optimizing Cutting Options


Precision Rotary Tables


World-class ULTRARONTM and ULTRADEXTM Rotary Tables


Inspection • Radial Milling • Calibration Index Position • Contouring • Circle Division 4th


-5th -Axis Machining Manual and Automatic Systems


CAM companies continue to aggressively develop heavily optimized tool motion intended to standardize chip removal and cut cycle time, said Ben Mund, senior market analyst, CNC Software Inc. (Tolland, CT), developer of Mastercam software. “It’s a technique that has roots going back de- cades to radial chip thinning, but today’s computing power and algorithms have created an explosion in powerful new techniques. We’ve seen amazing success with our optimized Dynamic Motion technology, and we continue to apply it to more shop scenarios with every release,” Mund said. There’s also a renewed focus on prep tools for mold- makers—CAD functions aimed squarely at assisting the programmer, Mund added. “Tools that help prep models, tools that help correctly fi ll in design gaps that might be left in a model, tools that create additional models that pro- grammers might need like fi xtures, electrodes, and molds— all of these are what we might call ‘CAD for CAM,’” he said. “Combined with powerful, general creation tools and tight CAD/CAM integration, these tools can be a huge timesaver for shops.”


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Reshoring moldmaking has made some inroads, Mund added. “While it’s anecdotal, we’ve been seeing reshoring of moldmaking picking up for a few years. We’ve seen price in- creases in some areas like China drive a portion of work back to the states, as well as quality concerns coming out of other areas,” Mund said. “We’ve also seen mold work coming in from other areas that are temporarily seeing the demand outstrip supply on moldmakers, such as Mexico.”


Image courtesy Makino Inc.


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