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Ever wonder whether you are using the correct workholding option for an application? Holding a part securely without damaging it requires a thorough understanding of the advantages of each workholding option. When in doubt, or if you want a quick refresher on a subject that has been researched and published in Production Machining many times, check out “The Many Sides of Workholding.” This article takes a look at an assortment of applications and the approaches that can be taken to narrow the workholding options to what will fit best.
Multitasking technology allows manufacturers to select from a variety of part production scenarios. However, it’s not always easy to identify the most efficient process for a job. In response, Mazak will host a free webinar on Tuesday, February 18 at 2 p.m. EST that will explore the role CAM software plays in process planning and optimizing mill-turn operations.
Derek Patrick, Esprit application engineer for DP Technology, will present this Mazak webinar titled “Process Planning for Improved Multitasking Machining.” He will discuss how process planning via CAM software can take the complexity out of multitasking machining so manufacturers can produce parts easier and more efficiently.
By the end of the 30-minute webinar, participants will be able to:
evaluate different machining scenarios and determine which one is the most efficient for their shop;
understand how to coordinate multiple operations for maximizing machine uptime;
calculate the average working diameter for OD and ID operations to determine if the two are a good match for simultaneous turning on the same spindle;
use synchronization codes to coordinate simultaneous machining operations; and
perform a time study analysis for evaluating a complete machining process.
Registration for the free webinar is now open on Mazak's website.
If you are interested in learning about the latest PartMaker CAM suite, PartMaker 2014, consider attending one of Delcam PartMaker Inc. Division’s User Group Meetings around the country to launch the new software version. The program at each event will feature technical sessions on the new features of the software, with a special focus on Delcam’s latest high-speed machining technology, Vortex. The event dates and locations are as follows:
February 21 – Philadelphia area
February 28 – Chicago area
March 7 – Los Angeles area
March 14 – New England
The full agenda, booking form and details including exact location for each event can be found on PartMaker’s website. The events will also include a brief seminar on tactics for best utilizing Delcam’s new Vortex high-speed machining strategies with high-feed end mills. Additionally, delegates will be updated on Delcam’s expected acquisition by Autodesk.
PartMaker's senior technical personnel will discuss the latest developments in PartMaker and will be on hand to answer any technical questions. They will also discuss the future of PartMaker’s development efforts and listen to delegates’ input to incorporate into future versions. A complimentary catered breakfast and lunch buffet will be provided to all registered attendees. All attendees will also have the opportunity to race the PartMaker Inc. staff at each venue’s indoor karting track, courtesy of PartMaker Inc.
Hands-on events are the best way to learn new technologies. That’s why Edgecam will partner with select resellers this year on a series of “Lunch & Learn” events, where attendees will have the opportunity for a live test drive of Edgecam 2014 R1 Workflow, to see firsthand how Workflow’s intuitive interface, model intelligence and knowledge-based machining enables them to rapidly complete the steps of CNC machine programming for prismatic parts.
These events will be at select locations throughout the United States and will focus on the latest advancements in rapid programming for milling and turning using the new Workflow release.
According to Vero Software, makers of Edgecam, the latest Workflow release will reduce costs, improve quality and achieve shorter lead times.
Silverhawk Solutions will have staff members on hand to answer any questions that attendees may have during the February 11 event held at the Haas Factory Outlet, Tampa, Fla., from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to register for the event.
In March, the Lunch & Learn will be held at Harden Machine Tools Inc., Birmingham, Ala., and in April, it will be held at Manufacturing Technologies Group, Rockford, Ill.