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  1. "Digital Twin" is just management bozo speak for...

    "Digital Twin" is just management bozo speak for what CAM programmers have done forever; model our work-holding, tools, and perhaps even the machine so we can get an accurate assessment of collisions...
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    Hate to tell you, but there is *significant* time...

    Hate to tell you, but there is *significant* time to be saved. Lots of variables involved, but we had a project to drill about 200 0.030" holes, about .01" deep to add a grip texture to a component....
  3. First, that quote for Vericut is absurd. You...

    First, that quote for Vericut is absurd.

    You can buy a seat of NX CAD + 5 Axis CAM + NX Simulation for less than what the dindgongs at Vericut want for simulation only. NX is the best CAD (hands...
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    So, I think this absolutely depends on the...

    So, I think this absolutely depends on the complexity of a part and the environment.

    I've never done automotive work, by my impression is that cycle time is absolutely life in this world, and the...
  5. So DMG Mori's new big thing is a Grob, but from a...

    So DMG Mori's new big thing is a Grob, but from a company with a catastrophic service and support reputation? Who's managerial class is obsessed with marketing and wiz-bang features, but where a...
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    I think you're confused here - I want these folks...

    I think you're confused here - I want these folks in machine technology associates degree programs to CAM up parts from solid models, then go set up the machine and actually make them. The difference...
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    I think learning G-code should absolutely NOT be...

    I think learning G-code should absolutely NOT be in a Machining 101 kind of class. I would touch on it for an hour or so in a lecture and basic demonstration, but beyond that? Do not waste their time...
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    NX ditched annual releases and moved to...

    NX ditched annual releases and moved to continuous release, with a 4 digit number indicating precisely what version you are on. Major releases with new features happen in June and December, with...
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    You are confusing a different revenue model with...

    You are confusing a different revenue model with a customer acquisition tactic.
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    Alexander from NX said it was done at the behest...

    Alexander from NX said it was done at the behest of some big European machining trade group, not a particular customer. Very odd, as I don't know anyone who programs to contact point and comps the...
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    I'm mostly on Orange dovetail jaws with a...

    I'm mostly on Orange dovetail jaws with a locating pin, but if I need to be fussy on a jaw I might reuse, I'll bore a hole and use it to set X, Y and Z.

    Having said that; be sure you reset your...
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    This is why machinists don't understand software....

    This is why machinists don't understand software. This isn't a physical good with a COGS; it's IP that can be copied and distributed with zero cost. There is no "loss leader" here.

    If Sandvik was...
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    First things first, that runout is pretty dang...

    First things first, that runout is pretty dang high. The Haas website is telling me that the absolute max runout spec for their spindle taper is 0.0002" TIR. Frank's Calibrator has a concentricity...
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    A few questions: 1- How are you measuring the...

    A few questions:

    1- How are you measuring the cut features and coming up with the .0022" to .0045" discrepancies? Hitting them with a micrometer or probing on-machine?

    2- What Calibration...
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    The weird limitation we are working around is...

    The weird limitation we are working around is that the C-00 has a single-line MDI that cannot call a sub-program. The workaround Yamazen provides with their probing macro package is to include about...
  16. Do note though, that it is very likely that...

    Do note though, that it is very likely that hanging a 4th off of the Y axis is probably impacting machine accuracy. IIRC, a study on Robodrills with some crazy accurate Heidenhain 2d plane metrology...
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    Oddly, graphical probing does exist in the...

    Oddly, graphical probing does exist in the control, but I don't think anyone in the US has ever figured out how to set it up, or the nuts and bolts of how it works. For example, it has all the basic...
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    Massive Liquidity Event > Strong Cash Flow ...

    Massive Liquidity Event > Strong Cash Flow

    Especially if you've been at it for a while.
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    The stuff I set up years ago is stuff that is a...

    The stuff I set up years ago is stuff that is a one-time sorta deal. Like getting the WiFi connection working, turning off Dog Leg rapids, and all the testing/run-in of the post processor. If you are...
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    I think being familiar with the control is a dumb...

    I think being familiar with the control is a dumb thing to pin a machine purchase on.

    The control is just the place where I load programs, set work offsets, and touch off tools. I have significant...
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    You couldn't quote 9/10 parts most of the folks...

    You couldn't quote 9/10 parts most of the folks arguing with you in this thread consider their cake work.
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    Like Andy said, horses for courses... But if I...

    Like Andy said, horses for courses...

    But if I was starting from scratch today? I would have bought an M200 and not an S700. All of my production is on pallets with single SKU flow (all parts for...
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    Again, you think this is a natural occurrence? It...

    Again, you think this is a natural occurrence? It isn't like part designs just come from the sky like mana from heaven.

    Design engineers are being pressed to do two things - reduce the BOM and...
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    Oh, I totally agree... for now! I think it is...

    Oh, I totally agree... for now!

    I think it is broadly true that if you were to look at series production work today, you could make a generalized statement that 3 axis machines are more productive...
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    That might be one of the dumbest things I've read...

    That might be one of the dumbest things I've read all day, and I was bored to tears so I was reading Twitter.
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