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    We had a SNC64 with tool probe a while back but...

    We had a SNC64 with tool probe a while back but not with a Marposs. (absolutely loved that machine BTW) I asked around but didn't get any solid answers.

    If you can't get any further with it I...
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    I am a neighbor to your south and, again, if you...

    I am a neighbor to your south and, again, if you are open to going outside of CA then I highly recommend SPS in Goffstown, NH. Another option is Motor City Spindle Repair in Michigan. I have used...
  3. Thread: NX good,bad,ugly

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    FYI 3+2 and 3+1 are simply 3-axis operations...

    FYI 3+2 and 3+1 are simply 3-axis operations using a non-Z tool axis and the post handling the rotations. Of course it's a great help if the cam software has strong 3-axis to begin with so you don't...
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    Sounds to me you are not very familiar with NX. ...

    Sounds to me you are not very familiar with NX. Not sure if you're still using it but if you are having usability issues with it I'm sure you can find some help to get it working much better for...
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    Sorry to hear you had that experience...There is...

    Sorry to hear you had that experience...There is a lot to set up but not setting it up is precisely what caused your experience. My experience has been simple to medium complexity parts take more...
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    We shouldn't hijack this thread. I'll PM you so...

    We shouldn't hijack this thread. I'll PM you so can you have some info on hand such as what version are you using and which machine sim? Siemens has done a lot of work on simulation so we can chat...
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    Support through Siemens is top notch but support...

    Support through Siemens is top notch but support through a VAR can be hit and miss unfortunately. I definitely recommend going through Siemens if possible but have heard small accounts are sometimes...
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    I use NX as well and don't forget we can do 3+2...

    I use NX as well and don't forget we can do 3+2 super easy (program 3-axis with custom tool axis vectors then post with a 5-axis post) so why not try 3+1? I would try fixed axis contour operations...
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    When you demo with someone, run the VAR through...

    When you demo with someone, run the VAR through the paces to program a typical part for you and perhaps with a part that is more challenging. Take a close look at the sync manager and also...
  10. Did you create the program in your cam system or...

    Did you create the program in your cam system or manually create it?

    If you created it in cam, can you simulate it? You might be surprised what you find. Some users don't like to simulate their...
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    No, you should not do that. Shrink rates are...

    No, you should not do that. Shrink rates are very specific.

    1) Find out what the shrink factor is of the material which would be cast. For example (in imperial) if the material shrinks at...
  12. Thread: Esprit Cam Users

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    Yes, as in bi-directionality, and I have seen...

    Yes, as in bi-directionality, and I have seen some cases where a site makes various size iterations of parts. The model can be tweaked via a spreadsheet then have it all controlled with a C program...
  13. Thread: Esprit Cam Users

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    Not sure how far your decision criteria goes but...

    Not sure how far your decision criteria goes but have you considered how good the software is at automating your workflow? Some things to look at might be accessing functionality with C programs or...
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    Now that's a constructive post. Are you...

    Now that's a constructive post.

    Are you actually questioning the value of core concepts which apply to many cad/cam/cae softwares?
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    I haven't used Esprit but I have heard it's very...

    I haven't used Esprit but I have heard it's very good and their wedm is highly regarded. I don't know what mold/die specific capabilities it has so if you need some specialized modules such as...
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    Check out Donaldson. Their solutions are not...

    Check out Donaldson. Their solutions are not inexpensive but the value is high.
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    I agree with jeffj about Siemens' Learning...

    I agree with jeffj about Siemens' Learning Advantage. It is a good starting point for training new users but I am not sure of it's capability for advanced training. It used to be about $200, not...
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    Wow, so much debate here which may or may not...

    Wow, so much debate here which may or may not apply to the OP, mawgs.

    @mawgs
    Forgive me if I missed any of your posts in the middle of the flurry of responses.
    Sounds like your shop is...
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    A long time again we split a serial feed with a...

    A long time again we split a serial feed with a box and it worked fine but it totally depends on your machine. Back then we did it with old Makino FNC's and it worked but we have a Matsuura which...
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    Medical is very interesting work and a lot of it...

    Medical is very interesting work and a lot of it is delicate, not to mention high tolerance as well. I have heard a lot of great things about Cimatron. It definitely sounds like an awesome 3D...
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    Large for us can be 16" x 16" x 12", give or take...

    Large for us can be 16" x 16" x 12", give or take and about 3000 cubic inches of graphite. We build medium size tooling, about 20K pounds maximum. We try to keep an eye on trode surface area...
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    I should add that my electrodes are typically...

    I should add that my electrodes are typically large with a lot of detail, that's our niche. Sometimes we have just pick burns but it's common for us to burn large, complicated trodes. Many shops...
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    2D round orbit is what it says but different...

    2D round orbit is what it says but different machine brands have different ways to approach the same thing. I know our Makino's spherical is way different than my friends old Agie sinkers but...
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    The carbide Guhring drill we use require high...

    The carbide Guhring drill we use require high pressure TSC. I encourage you to go by the tooling recommendations from your rep and if you don't work with reps then you should. It is free advice.
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    Oh how I would love to do that! I fully...

    Oh how I would love to do that! I fully recommend models compensated OB if possible. The models I work with can hardly ever be adjusted as such mainly because they are large and complex. At one...
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