- Workholding can be a crucial part of any machining setup in both mills and lathes.
- Poor workholding can cause finish issues that are hard to diagnose.
- Workholding suppliers have done extensive testing on their vices, tombstones, clamps, collets and chucks. Take advantage of their experience.
- On a mill, for example, they may have ideas on how to machine more features on a part with fewer operations, decreasing handling time and increasing throughput.
- On a lathe, a customer could have chatter and think there is a tooling or programming issue, while the real problem is in the workholding.
|Chick Work Holding||www.chickworkholding.com||(724) 772-1644|
|Huron Machine Products Inc.||www.huronmachine.com||(954) 587-4541|
|Kurt Work Holding||www.kurtworkholding.com||(877) 226-7823|
|Mitee-Bite Products LLC||www.miteebite.com||(800) 543-3580|
|LNS America Work Holding||www.lns-america.com||(513) 528-5674|
|Production Turning||www.productionturningco.com||(818) 765-0436|
|Raptor Work Holding||www.raptorworkholding.com||(800) 824-8333|
|Royal Products||www.royalprod.com||(800) 645-4174|
|Samchully Workholding||www.samchully.com||(877) 750-4747|
Coolant suppliers can be a resource if you get complaints about poor finish, tool breakage, or premature wear.
The supplier will usually have a chemist that can examine a machining process and make suggestions.
One customer, for example, frequently broke taps while drilling small holes. The coolant supplier's in-house chemist examined the customer's water and found it to be extremely high in minerals. The customer switched to de-ionized water and the problem disappeared.
Your coolant supplier may have a coolant or additive that will reduce your customer's cost in the long run.
Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is the use of computer software to control machine (CNC) tools and related machinery in the manufacturing of workpieces.
Some CAM suppliers specialize in certain fields, such as mold making or turbine blade manufacturing.
A customer should talk to several CAD/CAM suppliers before they decide to purchase a CAM system to run their machines.
CAD/CAM service technicians can be very helpful in selecting the type of tool path that will be most efficient for a customer, and can help a customer with chatter, surface finishes, and cycle time issues.
While most CAD/CAM suppliers have their own in-house technical support. They may charge a fee for certain levels of support.
A post-processor is a piece of software that performs the calculations required by complex parts and outputs the code to actually make the cut. Multi-axis machines like UMC-750 and DS-30Y usually require specialized post processors.
Customers should ask their supplier if they have an off-the-shelf post processor for their Haas machine, or if they need to create a new one. It can take a long time to create a new post-processor.
|Gibbs Cam||www.gibbscam.com||(805) 523-0004|
|Master Cam||www.mastercam.com||(860) 875-5006|
|Top Solid||www.topsolid.com||France +33 (0) 18.104.22.168.20|
Communications Software is used to transfer files and programs between a Haas control and a computer or computer network.
While most CAM software includes communications, it might sometimes be necessary to provide separate communications with the control.
RS-232 and DNC are the two communications systems Haas uses for connection with the control.
You can use RS-232 communication software to transfer files such as programs, parameter, settings, etc. to and from the Haas control.
DNC (Direct Numerical Control) uses RS-232 communications to run programs that reside on a remote computer. The machine executes the program as it is received from the computer. This is usually done with programs that are larger than the machine's memory.
Successful DNC execution requires XMODEM synchronization protocol - not all communication software is capable of this.
Contact your CAD/CAM supplier if you need assistance setting up a CAM system with built-in communications.
Stand-Alone Communications Suppliers
|DNC Software Sihler Engineering||www.dncsoftware.com||(805) 383-2492|
Verification software runs a CAM-generated program in a virtual environment, checking for code that might create problems for the CNC machine. It can be very helpful when dealing with complex tool paths.
The software finds gouges and other imperfections in the final part.
It can be used to find potential collisions with tools, vices, fixtures and rotary products.
Some verification software can actually reverse what the CAM software did: while the CAM software started with a model and created the tool path or G code, the verification software can start with the G code and, in reverse, create the model .Verification Software Suppliers
|MetaCut Utilities||www.nwdesigns.com||(315) 287-2877|