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Sandvik Coromant, Autodesk Partnership Reduces CNC Prep Time

The partnership will help eliminate time-consuming nature of data selection by providing CAM users in Autodesk Fusion 360 with access to the Sandvik Coromant tool data.

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Partnership to help customers reduce time and improve efficiency in the preparation phase.

Partnership to help customers reduce time and improve efficiency in the preparation phase.

Sandvik Coromant, a leader in metal cutting, is partnering with Autodesk to deliver significant benefits in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). The initial part of the collaboration addresses a widespread challenge in CAM — the complex task of specifying cutting tools to determine the most effective way to use them, the company says.

The first step in this partnership will remove the time-consuming nature of data selection by providing CAM users in Autodesk Fusion 360 with access to the Sandvik Coromant tool data. 

“Today’s manufacturing world is increasingly competitive,” says Jonas Ström, product manager at Sandvik Coromant. “Materials are lighter, harder and stronger; machines are more advanced; batch sizes are smaller; and component design is increasingly complex. All of this leads to an increased need for CAM programming and skilled CAM users.

According to the company, CAM users who are seeking new technologies and testing solutions are often limited by time constraints associated with CNC machining. “By providing them access to tool information, recommendations and knowledge of unique machining methods at the click of a button, we hope to simplify their process,” Ström adds.

Typically, CAM users rely on manually transferring data from tooling catalogues and inputting the parameters into CAM software. This process can be laborious and increase time-to-market expectations.

“Manufacturing and metal cutting are already complex processes, and they’re often made more difficult by manually managing tooling information, resulting in delayed setup times and increased room for machining error,” says Srinath Jonnalagadda, vice president of business strategy for design and manufacturing at Autodesk. “By pairing our CAM software solutions with Sandvik Coromant’s deep tooling knowledge and expertise, we’re helping customers reduce time and improve efficiency in the preparation phase.”

The Autodesk partnership is part of a long-term vision for Sandvik Coromant. The two companies have similar goals — to help customers stay competitive with new technologies and to provide digital design and manufacturing solutions.