Posts Tagged ‘CAM’
The ability to visualize exactly the material that remains to be cut makes it much easier to create the most efficient machining operations and to determine their optimum sequence.
With NX 8.5 CAM you can improve NC programming time by as much as 10X for parts with prismatic features by using Volume-based 2.5D Milling. This new operation instantly displays the volumes machined by each operation and automatically updates the remaining workpiece material when you reorder them. Watch this short demonstration for an introduction to the concept.
NX CAM – Introduction to Volume-based 2.5D Milling
Simulation technology has a lot to offer to mold manufacturing. It’s a matter of recognizing the problems that it can help to solve. Our latest article, In Simulation We Trust, published in this month’s issue of MoldMaking Technology Magazine explores various challenges in mold manufacturing and how simulation technology can help to overcome them in order to:
+ Design better molded parts faster
+ Make more complex, higher quality and better performing tools
+ Create error-free programs faster and machine more efficiently
During our opening NX CAM Tech Tip, “The benefits of a manufacturing setup; and how to create one,” you may have spotted us using hardware and work-holding devices from the Reuse Library. Some of you asked if these components could be made available for download. We thought this was a great request. So here they are.
Instructions for downloading and installing the NX CAM Reuse Library Samples are posted here in our NX for Manufacturing forum. You’ll need a valid customer webkey to download the data. And to help illustrate how to use the samples, we produced this short tech tip video.
We also produced this additional tech tip video on how to create a CAM component for your Reuse Library.
Are you looking for a specific component?
Do you have a component that you’d like to share with others?
Let your online community know in the NX for Manufacturing forum. Someone who can help might be listening.
Credits: Michael Mannino, one of our CAM experts based the USA, is the originator of this sample library and was pleased to hear about your interest. He jumped at the opportunity to share his collection. Thanks for sharing Mike!
REGISTER HERE for the NX for Manufacturing Tech Tips webinar series. The next session is about taking cutting tool catalog management to the next level with the Manufacturing Resource Library(scheduled for October 30th).
The marketing team recently caught up with Andreas Saar to discuss some of the challenges manufacturing companies face today and how NX 8.5 (available end of October timeframe) and Teamcenter can help to solve them.
From full associativity between design and manufacturing departments to increased NC programming and machining productivity, improved utilization of cutting tool catalogs and secure management of information and processes, the combination of NX 8.5 and Teamcenter offers the next level of CAD/CAM and shop floor integration.
Learn more by watching this short video from our interview with Andreas about the benefits of working with NX 8.5 and Teamcenter. You’ll also see video footage of some of the new capabilities coming in NX 8.5.
Andreas Saar on the next level of CAD/CAM/CNC process integration
If you’re interested in seeing more software in action, REGISTER to join us for the NX for Manufacturing Tech Tips webinar series. We’ll do live demonstrations on pertinent topics that can help increase the productivity of your CAD/CAM/CNC process chain.
The NX 8.5 release is less than a month away (end of October timeframe) – and it’s packed full with new enhancements. Here’s a short summary of some of the new noteworthy features and benefits you can look forward to in NX 8.5 for Manufacturing:
NX CAM: Machine higher quality parts faster.
Create NC programs 3 to 5 times faster for prismatic parts with Volume-based 2.5 D Milling. This operation uses a volume-based approach that tracks uncut material and instantly displays a preview of the planned machining operation. It can also help to minimize machining time.
You can also expect to reduce programming time, achieve a high quality surface finish, and cut faster with many of the additional NC programming enhancements in NX CAM 8.5. These include a new valley rest milling pattern for mold and die machining, enhanced controls for 5-axis machining, and additional roughing and finishing options for turbomachinery milling.
NX CMM Inspection Programming: Streamline your quality inspection process.
For quality inspection, NX 8.5 adds measurement results analysis to the CMM inspection programming application. Now you can see and evaluate your “as-built” measurements in NX right next to the “as-designed” models you use to create your CMM inspection programs.
NX CMM 8.5 also includes collision avoidance enhancements and scan preview with display of probe orientations.
Manufacturing Resource Library: Manage your cutting tools.
Manage your vendor catalogs and preferred tool assemblies (as well as your custom resources), and provide easy access to tooling data for NC programmers with the new Manufacturing Resource Library (MRL) and Manufacturing Resource Library Connect for NX.
The MRL stores and classifies its content in Teamcenter with a full range of search functions and graphical displays so you can easily find and access the tools you need, and pull accurate 3D models of the selected tools directly into your CAM programming session.
Learn more. Join our upcoming webinar.
If you’re interested in learning more about these new capabilities (and others), then you should join us for this webinar. REGISTER NOW!
Webinar: NX 8.5 for Manufacturing
Date: October 4, 2012
Time: 2pm Eastern (presentation will last 45 minutes, followed by Q&A)
You can also visit our NX 8.5 for Manufacturing web pages to learn more about the upcoming release.
Have you started your plans to upgrade to NX 8.5?
IMTS 2012 is coming to an end. Being a mechanical engineer, I was always excited to come here and watch the advancements in manufacturing technologies that are expected to drive the production of next generation products. My favorite exhibit this year at IMTS is the live production of a Rally Fighter car by our partner Local Motors. If you are into crowdsourcing and co-creation strategies, you will find actual realization of these concepts by watching how Local Motors design and build their cars by incorporating ideas from you.
We at the Siemens booths were extremely pleased to see the excitement and curiosity about our technologies. Companies from all industries, small and large, came to our booths and asked about the latest enhancements we made in our software, and learned about our future investment areas.
For those who couldn’t make it to IMTS this year we are presenting a series of videos that you can view and get a feel for what we presented at IMTS. (more…)
Today we are announcing the latest release of our NX software, NX8.5.
This release includes many customer-driven enhancements and new capabilities that provide increased flexibility and productivity across product engineering and manufacturing to help reduce time to market.
Click on the image above to play the video!
Key benefits of NX 8.5 include:
- More productive product development
- Better product quality, faster development, lower costs
- Faster, more efficient modeling
- Better compliance with standards and product requirements
- More clearly understand finite element model context
- Faster design-analysis iterations
- Improve product durability
- Speed simulation time up to 25 percent
- Faster NC programming and machining of parts
- Save on cutting tool costs
For more detailed information on all the new functionality in NX 8.5, please visit www.siemens.com/plm/nx85
Stay tuned. In the next few days, I’ll be sharing some more interviews with product managers, as they explain some of the new features in NX8.5
Our newest member of the Blogsquad promises to bring an interesting perspective for all those interested in computer aided manufacturing (CAM).
Aaron Frankel has 15 years of experience in the PLM software industry and has held various positions in engineering services, product management, and marketing – all focused on helping engineering companies take advantage of the latest CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM technology. He is currently responsible for marketing Siemens manufacturing engineering software solutions that include NX CAM, NX CMM Inspection Programming, and Teamcenter. He spent three years of his career working internationally in Japan. (Test his language skills by commenting in Japanese )
You may recognize Aaron from several of his articles in trade publications – most recently the MoldMaking Technology article Making the jump to five-axis machining technology easier. He’s just completed a new article, “Thrive on New Market Opportunities – how the right manufacturing engineering software enables diversification,” which will be published in the August edition of MoldMaking Technology Magazine – so stay tuned.
Aaron also hosts live online 20-minute webinars where CAM experts from Siemens PLM demonstrate their knowledge on how to get the most from the NX CAM software. You can watch previous Tech Tip sessions on YouTube .
Prior to joining Siemens, Aaron received degrees in Engineering and Japanese from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) where he also received fellowships from the Japan Technology Management Program (JTMP) to study abroad in Japan.
Aaron lives in Southern California accompanied by his wife and son. One other personal tidbit about Aaron that I’ve come to know since working with him, he enjoys training for and competing in triathlons.
There were two things I knew about Jim Wright before I met him. He lives in the country and is passionate about CAM. Both of these came through various Twitter conversations before we ever met in real life. At Solid Edge University, I chatted live with Jim to find out more about his career as a “CAMologist.” The main reason he chose a career in manufacturing:
”The part I enjoy the most is seeing an idea that I have come into a physical real part. There’s such a joy I get. I think that is why I like this field so much.”
Here is our video interview and a follow up Q&A. (more…)
It’s that time of year when I’m booking my boys into summer camps. After the FIRST Robotics Competition, they are definitely signed up for a robotics camp. There are a lot of great summer programs for young students. Here is one you might find interesting: Michigan Tech’s summer youth CAM program. John Irwin, program chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology, presented it at PLM Connection this week.