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  1. We have a very similar shop and workload. Add a...

    We have a very similar shop and workload. Add a couple lathes, a waterjet, a few high end 3d printers, and a CNC pressbrake and you got our shop.

    When I first got to this shop 4+ years ago,...
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    A plumber or electrician comes to your house to...

    A plumber or electrician comes to your house to perform the work. Manufacturing can happen anywhere a shop is setup and doesn't have to happen anywhere close to where the final product is used. The...
  3. Like Boeing? I don't know of many companies...

    Like Boeing?

    I don't know of many companies other than the real big ones here in Washington that have any union. From what I've seen here, the folks that come from union shops like Boeing are...
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    Does this help? How to export NC-code from...

    Does this help?

    How to export NC-code from Fusion 360 | Fusion 360 | Autodesk Knowledge Network
  5. Are cell phones taking bite out of YOUR bottom...

    Are cell phones taking bite out of YOUR bottom line?

    At times, sure. But the reward of trustworthy and responsible team players far outweighs the reward of removing phone use in our environment....
  6. You're absolutely right. I think when a...

    You're absolutely right.




    I think when a company is making more changes than it can test for, it's digging itself into a hole. People shell out big bucks for all these CAM software packages...
  7. Yup. When someone is looking for the 'Best', they...

    Yup. When someone is looking for the 'Best', they are really looking for the best implementation of ModuleWorks. One thing I want to add to this, even though MW drives the backend calculations, you...
  8. I never got into the habit of creating a new...

    I never got into the habit of creating a new operation through right clicking on the operation. Always did it from the feature tree or through generate operation plan. Maybe try expanding the...
  9. I was just trying to emphasize that the software,...

    I was just trying to emphasize that the software, even at SP5, still has bugs and some of those bugs have been present for years. And some are pretty bad. Also, comparing a software 'update' to a new...
  10. Ethernet Transfer Speed Slow on newer machine.

    We have a 2017 ST30Y(non-NGC control) and the network file trasnfer speed is really slow, takes 10 seconds for even the smallest files. Our 2009 VM3 and VF5 have no issues and are nice and fast, drag...
  11. I've messed around with those in the past, and it...

    I've messed around with those in the past, and it didn't seem to help with the issues I'm referring to. Sure, it will prompt, but still wanted to rebuild if my memory serves me correct. But I no...
  12. My sentiments exactly.

    My sentiments exactly.
  13. I'm talking about the specific modules you check...

    I'm talking about the specific modules you check within the Help>CamWorks>License Info dialogue. You can have 3 standard licenses and 1 Pro license, and any of the licenses can check out various...
  14. The benefits have been covered by others. When...

    The benefits have been covered by others. When setup well, they work well. Though, I feel they are more for the type of shop where tying tool usage to specific jobs and users is necessary for cost...
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    4 is my preference I once successfully...

    4 is my preference

    I once successfully machined a .250w X .500l X .900h slot in 304ss with an accupro .1875 x 1.00 LOC variable helix 4flute endmill in 1 minute using a trochoidal path. 10k RPM...
  16. The funny thing is, with camworks, you can select...

    The funny thing is, with camworks, you can select which modules you want to use or check out. So you could have a couple standard licenses, and 1 pro license. Then one person could check out 3 axis...
  17. Who uses a G07 Helix syntax like this?

    I'm working on a post for our Southwestern Industries Trak Mill, and working post from another CAM system outputs a helix in this format.

    N8 Z.1
    N9 G01 X.1 F20.
    N10 G07 X-.1 Z.05 I-.1 J0 K0. D.5...
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    Well, it's intuitive to me. Everyone's experience...

    Well, it's intuitive to me. Everyone's experience is different. I guess working with Camworks for the last 4 years will do that to a man. Least intuitive software IMO.

    Regular sketching, sure,...
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    I don't have much MC experience, but I just went...

    I don't have much MC experience, but I just went through the paces of evaluating new CAM packages to replace our current one(Camworks). Ultimately decided on Hypermill for a lot of reasons, mostly...
  20. We have one, not sure what model it is though(not...

    We have one, not sure what model it is though(not at work atm). Fanuc control with Romi conversational. Haven't used the conversational part of it. Manual tool change block. Not a bad machine, but I...
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    The first shop I was in had a check list for new...

    The first shop I was in had a check list for new hires. While each step wasn't detailed to the T, it gave a high level overview of things to cover.

    Items could include:
    - NC File Management
    -...
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    Could you elaborate? Are you referring to...

    Could you elaborate?

    Are you referring to approximations within the functions that plot the points along an arc defined with IJK or R?
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    I tried experimenting with Super-NURBS on an...

    I tried experimenting with Super-NURBS on an OSP-200/MB-4000H to no avail. But that was 10 years ago when I knew a lot less about the stuff.
  24. I agree with getting a conveyor as many have...

    I agree with getting a conveyor as many have said. Though, I feel if you can get it wired for 4th you should even if you don't get the rotary axis right away. However, i would ask if special...
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    Anyone program contours with NURBS?

    I'd like to know more about how this works as it seems that you need a post that can output NURBS geometery or movements based on them. For Fanuc, this is a G6.2. I understand that it essentially...
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