Integrated CAD and CAM Boosts Job Shop’s Efficiency through Collaboration

In the June issue of Modern Machine Shop magazine, Creations Unlimited Machining, based in Morgan Hill, California, is featured in a story about their success with an integrated NX software solution (CAD/CAM/CMM) from Siemens.

Like many other machine shops, Creations Unlimited faces increasing pressures from shrinking lead times. To reduce lead times, the family-operated shop has heavily invested in automation, equipping some of its 15 machine tools with machine-tending pallet changers, including 5-axis machining centers. To realize the best return on its investment in the advanced equipment, Creations Unlimited has adopted NX CAM software.

For Dennis Rathi, Creations Unlimited’s owner, having a “digital twin” of the machining setup in NX CAM is critical. It helps the staff define the best machining processes, validate the G code and reduce setup time, resulting in lead times cut by up to 50%. Also eliminating test runs, NX software allows for machine shops like Creations Unlimited to increase their efficiency and reliability.

Read the complete success story, “Integrated CAD and CAM Boosts Job Shop’s Efficiency through Collaboration,” now.

Creations Unlimited founder uses NX CAM.
Dennis Rathi, owner of Creations Unlimited, works with NX CAM to facilitate continuous end-to-end part manufacturing.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/nx-manufacturing/integrated-cad-and-cam-boosts-job-shops-efficiency-through-collaboration/