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Mastercam (CNC Software; Tolland, CT) had a newly re- leased Mill-Turn CAD/CAM software product, Mastercam MT. It was Knodel’s fi rst choice because Wiseco’s programmers were already using versions of Mastercam and were comfort- able with it. In fact, the Mastercam three-axis Mill and Lathe programs were being used as building blocks for creating complete mill-turn sequences using the software provided with the equipment. It seemed reasonable to believe that performing process development, toolpath generation and refi nement, and simulation in a single, seamless computer environment would make it possible to create more and bet- ter programs in far less time. This proved to be the case.


“In the past,” Knodel said, “much of our time was consumed at the computer trying to piece together the program.”


Fast Transition After consulting with certifi ed Mastercam Reseller


FASTech, Wiseco agreed to become one of the fi rst Mas- tercam MT CAD/CAM users for creating programs for its mill-turn equipment. Wiseco’s four programmer machin- ists attended two weeks of training. Because they used the program daily, they progressed quickly into workfl ows needed


for integrating simultaneous machining processes in multiple axes. Knodel said that working in MT was far easier to under- stand and implement than what they had been doing before. “In the past,” Knodel said, “much of our time was con- sumed at the computer trying to piece together the program only to spend more time at the machine making fi nal changes and syncing everything properly. It was ineffi cient.” Programming throughput and machining effi ciency


improved quite quickly; however, there were a few hurdles. From time to time a post-processor issue would arise and the software team would come on the scene to resolve these as quickly as possible. Also, Wiseco was using the new- est and most effi cient toolpaths available in the software, particularly those incorporating Dynamic Motion technology. These toolpaths did not always behave as the programmers expected. Either FASTech or CNC Software directly provided a workaround and corrected the issue in the next MT release. In fact, Knodel said that Wiseco received the next release of MT just a few months after the fi rst version had been installed and all of the problems that it had been experiencing disap- peared. After using the software for more than a year, the company is creating programs for its Integrex mill-turns twice as fast and said machining effi ciency is “skyrocketing.”


Fast Programming and Machining “We can take on more programming in a much shorter time frame,” said Knodel. “Before, we would be fl ooded.


Wiseco uses the newest and most effi cient toolpaths available in the software, particularly those incorporating Dynamic Motion technology.


68 — Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing 2016


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