* Market trends and observations by CIMdata including trends in the NC software market, software programming, NC machining
operations, and software marketing and sales.
is typically a very complex process with many options and solutions.
Most NC machining
programs only probe a single reference point to locate a starting point, Mr Haggerty adds.
Complete mold-repair services and machining services include NC machining
, gun drilling and jig grinding.
Several trends are driving software development for NC machining
General NC machining
capability is the most important element when considering the purchase of NC software.
office of Delcam International in England, creator of DUCT5 CAD/CAM software for surface modeling and NC machining
. Delcam's most recent product release is ArtCAM, which appeared commercially in February after six months of beta testing.
The new version adds numerous 2D and 3D wireframe design, sculptured surface modeling, CAD data translation, and NC machining
improvements to Surfcam.
The concurrent-engineering software would transform part-design specifications into a complete, computer-aided sequence of mechanical design, material selection, mold-filling analysis, and selection of molding process conditions, as well as NC machining
instructions for cutting the mold.
They had already been graded on the simulated prove-out but were anxious to see parts run on the flexible machining center, which includes an automatic storage/retrieval system and a four-axis NC machining
A new module added to Vericut, called "Optipath," is said to reduce NC machining
time by 20% or more.
A lot of software companies are "breaking up wall-to-wall systems so customers can get just the piece they want" for drafting, surface modeling, NC machining
, and so forth, notes engineer Mark Hotchkiss of Graftek Inc., Boulder, Colo, Graftek, for instance, intends to adopt a new "kernel" solid modeler, called ACIS, for users wanting more than wireframe, Hotchkiss says.