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  1. Thread: nx tutorials

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    If you are looking to automate some mundane or...

    If you are looking to automate some mundane or repetitive tasks, NX supports all sorts of expressions including conditional as well as you can write custom C and VB to interact with almost...
  2. Thread: nx tutorials

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    You might want to take a look at these. One you...

    You might want to take a look at these. One you have it you will never use CAD/CAM/CAE without it again.
    3Dconnexion: SpaceMouse
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    If you're doing simple parts then I'd go with...

    If you're doing simple parts then I'd go with some of the suggestions so far. At the moment it appears you don't need an upper tier software until you get into manufacturing with more than 3-axis,...
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    I am not sure of the complexity level of your...

    I am not sure of the complexity level of your parts but depending on you needs you might consider looking at a solution not tied to solidworks. I would keep an open mind about it. :)
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    @BRIAN.T Whatever method you end up using, be...

    @BRIAN.T
    Whatever method you end up using, be careful. One overheat can turn a 1000-2000 cycles holder to a single-cycle, disposable holder.
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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...
  8. 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...
  9. Thread: NX good,bad,ugly

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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...
  15. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Thread: Esprit Cam Users

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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?
  20. Thread: Esprit Cam Users

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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.
  22. Thread: NX good,bad,ugly

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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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