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SigmaNEST makes use of a Microsoft SQL database and sometimes there can be a connection issue between the SigmaNEST workstation and the database. If you are just getting started, please follow this guide for setting up a new database. Manually connecting Sometimes SigmaNEST doesn’t automatically connect to the database, or you might need to change or manually connect to a database. Follow this guide for changing databases. After you are finished, however, you may see one or both of these error messages: … Read More

One-Man Shop Off to the Races

David Gilbert became so good at making difficult parts that his one-man garage-based operation, started in 1989, had burgeoned into a 10-person, 12-machine shop by 2007. At this point, managing the shop was taking all of his time away from what he loved doing best, making challenging parts. So, Gilbert sold the business and went back to his one-man shop. Gilbert’s expertise in making geometrically complex 3D components brought him business from a wide range of esoteric sources including universities … Read More

Mastercam Announces Exhibit Partnership with Haas and the American Precision Museum

September 22, 2020 (Tolland, Conn.) – CNC Software, Inc., developers of Mastercam, the world’s leading CAD/CAM software, has announced a new partnership with the American Precision Museum (APM) and Haas Automation. APM combines the atmosphere of an original 19th century water-powered manufacturing facility with a world-class collection of historic machines. It explores industrial history in the context of innovation, creative problem solving, and the impact of precision manufacturing on American history and culture. The APM factory was first powered by … Read More

Back plotting NC codes

In this article, I will be discussing the steps and procedures of taking NC code from a DXF to a CAD model using Cimco and Mastercam. Take note that these steps are only intended for Lathe parts, but can in certain scenarios also be used in milling. Now, this has happened to most companies in some way or another. You generated g-code and machined a part, just to find out your CAD model got corrupted or lost. Or maybe the … Read More

Robotmaster V7.3 is Now Available

HANOVER, N.H. —Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, today announced the release of Robotmaster Version 7.3 offline robot programming software with extensive features and enhancements designed to further simplify robotic programming. Additions found in V7.3 include: Support for the newest CAD file types, 3D printing software, and third party plugs-in for software brands such as CATIA, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, Siemens, Solid Edge, AutoCAD, Pro-E/Creo, Rhino, and more. Performance improvements for faster data processing and robot code … Read More

New Verisurf 2020 Software Released

Raising the Bar on End-to-End Inspection and Reverse Engineering Workflows FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Anaheim, Calif. – September 9, 2020 – Verisurf Software, Inc. announced today, its new Verisurf 2020 release. Verisurf 2020 is the latest release of the popular measurement software for automated quality inspection and reporting, 3D scanning and reverse engineering, tool building, and assembly guidance.  Enhancements in the 2020 release include an array of reverse engineering tools with new Quick Surface modeling option, expanded device support to keep up with emerging measurement … Read More

Earth to Space: It’s Platt Tech

Department head David Tuttle, and his fellow instructor, Greg Amende, have made the Precision Machining Technology program challenging and rewarding for over 90 students each year at Milford, Connecticut’s Platt Technical High School. These students have extensive facilities at their disposal, including a large machine shop with nearly forty milling and lathe machines, and a generous CAD/CAM lab with numerous seats of Mastercam software programming the work for more than a dozen CNC machines. Not long ago, one of the … Read More

Production Cost

Production cost consist of the following: Global Costs Machine Costs Process Costs Other Costs Global Cost Global costs are applied across all the machines and their processes. This includes global cutting cost, – operating cost, – piercing cost etc. Each global cost comes with a handy calculator showing you which costs need to be taking into consideration when calculating the global cutting cost, operating cost, piercing cost etc. Machine Cost You can configure Machine Costs to calculate costs associated with running … Read More

Mastercam’s Engraving Toolpath (V-Carving)

Not many people are aware that Mastercam has a built-in Engraving toolpath. The toolpath can be found under the 2D group of toolpaths. The icon looks like the one in the picture below. Once clicked on and selected, you are greeted with the chain dialogue below, from which you can select the “Window” selection method as follows: Next, select the text as follows: Next, select a starting point for Mastercam to calculate from as follows: Green check out of the … Read More

Mastercam Speeds up the Prototype to Production Part Cycle

The typical prototype to production part cycle can last weeks into months into years. Imagine the delight of Northwood Industries’ Owner and President Kurt Miller when a longtime customer ordered 50 production parts two months after the part—the trigger part of a commercial spray paint gun handle—was redesigned. Based in Perrysburg, Ohio, Northwood Industries provides precision-machined component parts, mechanical assemblies, and engineering design services to manufacturing companies throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. More than half of its work comes … Read More

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