In my last post, I mentioned that job shops like to be efficient. Efficiency in production operations means more profits for the shop. One way to increase efficiency is to reduce the number of machining setups that have to be made to machine a part. To reduce setups, smart shops are spending hard-earned cash on better technology like 4-axis machining centers. The addition of a rotary axis to a 3-axis machining center means that the fixture/part can be rotated, and more sides of the part can be machined in one setup.
The following video shows how to create NC programs for multiple setups of the same part on a 4-axis horizontal machining center.Pay special attention to how CAMWorks for Solid Edge has built-in intelligence to machine all possible features before rotating the tombstone.
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