Finish Milling applications – Multiple Pass Profiling

Posted by: Kristin Prokop | March 15th, 2018 | Edgecam

Question: Is it possible to building simple rough milling cuts, where toolpath starts at a specified offset from the part shape?  Some simple geometries can be machined effectively without requiring high speed roughing, and toolpath with minimal motion is sometimes preferable to Waveform roughing in these simple applications. Quick Answer: Yes, Edgecam offers multiple passes […]

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M2 Technologies Announces New Vice President

Posted by: Kristin Prokop | February 5th, 2018 | From the Corner Office

M2 Technologies, a leading manufacturing design consultant, announced that George Wright has joined the company as the Vice President. Wright brings more than 25 years of leadership and business development experience. He spent the last 20 years with Microdesk, M2’s sister company, driving sales efforts and managing many of the company’s largest consulting engagements.  George […]

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Finish Milling Applications – Adjust Feedrate on Arcs

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | January 11th, 2018 | Edgecam

Question: Is it possible to adjust milling feedrates on arc moves?  The objective is for the CNC code to have faster feed values for external arc moves and slower feed values for internal corners, to improve finish milling results. Quick Answer: Yes, Edgecam offers automatic feedrate adjustment for arc moves.  The concept allows the CAM […]

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Rough Turning Stock Recognition and Chuck Avoidance

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | December 18th, 2017 | Edgecam

Question: Is it possible to easily create Rough Turning toolpath that extends fully to stock, and also avoids the chucking system in the CNC machine? Quick Answer:Yes, Edgec am’s Rough Turning cycle builds toolpath that considers the stock material and chucking system. The software eliminates unwanted air cutting, and potential collisions, based on the user […]

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Installing Edgecam 2018 R1

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | November 27th, 2017 | Edgecam

The Edgecam 2018 R1 installation process is very straightforward.  Existing Edgecam installs (previous versions) are also left intact so that they can continue to be used if needed during the transition to the latest software release.  (Older software versions can be removed / uninstalled at a later time, see Addendum at the end of this […]

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Removing Unwanted Post Processors

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | November 3rd, 2017 | Edgecam

Question: Can post processors I don’t use be removed from Edgecam?  When I start a new sequence, there are many machines listed, but not all represent CNC machines currently used at my company. Quick Answer: Yes, unused post processors can be removed.  At the surface level, this can be done by ensuring that all active […]

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Configure CAM Setup for Internal Chucking

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | November 3rd, 2017 | Edgecam

Training Concept: The virtual CAM setup typically includes the finished part, stock, workholding fixtures, initial datum, CNC machine and tooling package.  This important assembly stage of the CAM process is very fast to do in Edgecam, but seems to suggest external chucking applications.  Is it possible to configure the chuck to grip on the inside […]

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Easy Toolpath Modification Using Global Edit

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | September 25th, 2017 | Edgecam

Question: Is it possible to edit multiple machining events in Edgecam, and make a common change to the entire selection in a single action?  Put another way, can a mass edit be done? Answer: Yes!  Edgecam’s Edit command has an option to make global changes that easily update multiple machining instructions in a single mass edit. Steps […]

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Factory Design Utilities Multi-Level Factory Design

Posted by: Kristin Prokop | August 30th, 2017 | Autodesk

Issue: Sometime it may be necessary to create a factory layout that contains several floors of data. Solution: Creating a multi floor layout works on the same concept as Sub Layouts, each floor will require its own assembly, Steps: 1. Open existing factory layout in Autodesk Inventor 2. On the Assembly tab select the create tool a. […]

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Math Formulas in Cycle Dialogs

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | June 16th, 2017 | Edgecam

Training Concept: Machinists and CNC programmers frequently use formulas to calculate important information.  Have you ever considered using math formulas to build relationships in CAM, as part of toolpath creation? For example, the tool manufacturer recommends that drill peck increments should be 2.5 times the tool diameter.  Instead of getting out the calculator and typing the […]

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