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Cutting Tool Engineering previews WESTEC 2013!

Welcome to Cutting Tool Engineering’s WESTEC 2013 Show Preview. The following exhibitors describe the products and services they will be demonstrating at the show, which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 15-17, 2013. Also, don’t forget to stop by the Cutting Tool Engineering booth, 3623.

The WESTEC show organizer, SME, has announced that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Engineer Adam Steltzner will respectively open and keynote WESTEC. Mayor Garcetti was recently elected to office and has championed manufacturing since hitting the campaign trail. Steltzner has been a public figure in NASA’s Mars rover project.

For more information, and to register for WESTEC 2013, visit westeconline.com.

CGTech’s Vericut now in version 7.3

CGTech, Irvine, Calif., will demonstrate the new version of its Vericut CNC machine simulation and optimization software. According to the company, Vericut 7.3 simulates all types of CNC machine tools, including those from leading manufacturers. The software runs standalone, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems such as Catia, NX, Creo Parametric (Pro/E), MasterCAM, PowerMill, EdgeCAM, hyperMILL, Esprit and GibbsCAM.

Version 7.3 has new icons, available in multiple sizes, as well as several user-selectable color themes; every window and icon can be optionally displayed or hidden. During simulation, users can create a list of “Stop At” events, says CGTech; these events, such as “Collisions,” “Warnings,” “Tool changes,” or “End of each setup,” can be managed interactively in the NC program dialog. The user can add, move, remove, or temporarily disable the events that pause the simulation, the company notes.

Chem Arrow touts West Coast heritage

Specialty chemical producer Chem Arrow develops and manufactures its range of metalworking fluids, industrial lubricants and cleaners in Southern California at its headquarters in Irwindale. In total, the firm operates facilities on three continents.

Irwindale is located in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), which develops and adopts standards to bring the region into compliance with federal and state clean air standards. Chem Arrow reports that it has developed a range of AQMD compliant and “super compliant” products that meet or exceed the requirements of AQMD Rule 1144, which regulates the use of Volatile Organic Components (VOCs). Information at its booth will reinforce Chem Arrow’s local connection to Southern California manufacturers and experience with AQMD regulations.

X7 is latest Mastercam release from CNC Software

Mastercam X7 is the latest release from CNC Software Inc., Tolland, Conn. Mastercam is Windows-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling and turning, 2- and 4-axis wire EDM, 2D and 3D design, surface and solid modeling, artistic relief cutting, and Swiss machining.

The company notes that Mastercam X7 introduces many new capabilities, including the new Mill-Turn product and Renishaw Probing. Mastercam Mill-Turn uses intelligent job setups keyed to individual machines; Mastercam X7 also integrates Renishaw’s Productivity+ for in-process gauging, which uses a measuring probe on a machine tool to determine fixture offsets, orientation, and critical dimensions.

In addition, Mastercam X7 also has a new Tool Manager, plus improved Backplot and Verify utilities, the company notes.

Datron Dynamics demonstrates M8Cube and D5 Dental Mill

Milford, N.H.-based Datron Dynamics, the North American representative of Datron AG, Germany, will demonstrate two machines at its booth: the M8Cube high-speed machining center and the D5 Dental Mill.

The new M8Cube features brushless direct drives, feed rates up to 866 inches per minute, and short cycle times. It also features a 3kW, 40,000 RPM, liquid-chilled spindle and HSK-E 25 tool holders. This model is positioned for high or low volume production of electronic, aerospace and medical parts, as well as industrial engraving and micro-drilling applications, claims Datron.

The D5 Dental Mill is a compact, 5-axis machine designed specifically for dental milling applications, including titanium implant bars, custom abutments, crowns and bridges made from a variety of dental materials. The D5 is controlled by an Apple iPad and fits through a standard 36-inch door.

Delcam displays Vortex high-speed roughing strategy

Vortex is a high-speed roughing strategy developed specifically to gain the maximum benefit from solid carbide tooling, says its manufacturer, Delcam Inc., a Birmingham, England-based supplier of advanced CAD/CAM software.

According to Delcam, Vortex is particularly suited for designs that can give deeper cuts by using the full flute length as the cutting surface. Vortex can be used for two- and three-axis roughing, three-plus-two-axis area clearance and for rest machining based on stock models or reference toolpaths. Vortex toolpaths are calculated to follow the shape of the part and to keep air moves to a minimum. Vortex is fully integrated with the company’s PowerMILL step-cutting strategy for area clearance.

Exsys shows rotary and fixed tool holders

Exsys Tool Inc.’s booth will display its Dual Collect Chuck Line, Gear Hobber System, and Preci-Flex Adapter System. Exsys provides rotary and fixed tool holders for CNC turning centers and is headquartered in San Antonio, Fla.

The company has expanded its Dual Collet Chuck Line to accommodate all major brands of CNC turning machines. The chucks double the amount of individual turret positions to increase a machine’s tool storage capacity and expand its tooling versatility, claims Exsys. The company’s Gear Hobber System for horizontal turning centers allow shops to interchange the system’s arbor for holding various sizes of slotting saws and gear hobbers.

Available in a range of sizes and styles, the Preci-Flex Adapter System for lathe tooling changeovers has a conical and flat face planar interface that allows the use of either an adapter or a standard ER collet, Exsys says.

Fixtureworks offers bearing rollers and more

Fraser, Mich.-based Fixtureworks (Booth 3139), which manufactures and supplies workholding technologies, material handling and machine tool components, and fixturing accessories, will display its new urethane covered bearing rollers.

Fixtureworks states that the urethane covered bearing rollers come in both inch and metric sizes, and are available in stock, with no lead time, no minimum order and no tooling required. They have a smooth urethane surface that is cast directly on a precision sealed ball bearing. The inch and metric sizes are offered in either single bearing or double bearing styles.

The company will also be exhibiting Swivots swivel/pivoting positioning components, Quick Release ball-lock pins, rollers and bumpers; Kipp spring plungers, rest and riser pads, levers, handles, knobs, and hand wheels; OK-Vise single and double wedge clamp designs; and the Modern Industries mPower product line.

GibbsCAM offers HSM capabilities

Gibbs and Associates will demonstrate the high-speed machining (HSM) capabilities of its GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools, including VoluMill, which reportedly enables milling cycles up to three times faster while reducing tool wear. Gibbs and Associates is a Cimatron company based in Moorpark, Calif.

According to the company, VoluMill maximizes material removal rates by generating toolpaths optimized for the highest feed rates, using constant tool loading, and automatically choosing the best option for individual pockets, including plunge speed and material removal rates. In addition, the product’s multi-task machining function provides milling and turning functions in a single interface, claims the company.

Mahr Federal features redesigned MarShaft Scope Plus

Mahr Federal, Providence, R.I., Booth 3032, will feature the new, redesigned version of its MarShaft Scope, its fully automatic optical measuring system for dimensional testing of turned parts. The new MarShaft Scope Plus is now twice as accurate as previous models., according to the company. It offers micron level measurements, and includes a new MarWin-based controller and system architecture. The new MarShaft Scope Plus also incorporates new EasyShaft operating software that facilitates easy and quick measurements. The optional ProfessionalShaft software high-level script programming allows virtually unlimited customizing capability for these systems.

Marposs’ Artis CTM-V5 identifies tool breakage

From Marposs Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., the Artis CTM-V5 in-process tool monitoring system features DDU-4 torque and feed force sensor for identifying tool breakage and worn tools. The DDU-4 sensor is suitable for monitoring drilling and threading (tapping or thread forming) processes, as well as forming processes such as stir friction welding, by means of axial force and torque measurement. The sensor system uses a rotor based on the piezoelectric principle that can be mounted to tool holders, spindles or rotating or fixed shafts.

For machining applications such as tapping, the DDU-4 monitoring system enables a variety of quality control checks to be automatically performed during the machining process, including tool wear, tool breakage, deviating thread depth, bore absent, bore too small or large, and torn out threads, claims Marposs.

NCCS offers NCL V10.0 software

Numerical Control Computer Sciences (NCCS), Irvine, Calif., will be showing the latest version of its flagship product, NCL V10.0, as well as other manufacturing solutions. NCL multi-axis machining software is used primarily in the aerospace, automotive and turbo-machinery industries. According to NCCS, updated features include a new menu design, a multi-line CMD line, and additional DATA statement functions. New run options in NCL V10.0 allow additional stopping conditions for the *RUN command, allowing users to stop processing at the beginning of a MACRO, TERMAC, LOOPST and LOOPND or a specific Line number.

The NCCS booth will also include information on PostWorks, an advanced multi-axis universal postprocessor; and NCL/IPV and Machine Simulator, which provides high performance, realistic, simultaneous material removal and CNC machine tool simulation.

Omax displays waterjet technology

Abrasive waterjet technology can cut simple to complex parts from any material, according to Omax Corporation, which will display the technology at its booth. Omax designs and manufactures abrasive waterjet technology in a variety of table sizes at its headquarters in Kent, Washington.

The technologies displayed include the Maxiem 1530 JetCutting® Center and the A-Jet® cutting head. Omax reports that Maxiem 1530 can cut from most materials, including metal, plastic, ceramic, stone and composites, within a 10’2’’ x 5’2’’ X-Y cutting travel area. The parts are cut directly from the plate with a single tool. With an A-Jet cutting head accessory, which adds two motion axes, the Maxiem 1530 can make angled cuts and bevels, says the company.

PartMaker debuts latest version

PartMaker Inc., a division of the U.K. firm Delcam Plc, will demonstrate the latest version of its PartMaker suite of CAM software in the Delcam booth. PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system that remembers the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. PartMaker Inc. is located in Ft. Washington, Penn.

According to the manufacturer, the new version’s 4- and 5-axis simultaneous milling functionality applies across the entire PartMaker CAM suite, including the PartMaker Mill, Turn-Mill and SwissCAM modules. This new functionality is known as ASM-MX, or Advanced Surface Machining – Multi-Axis. ASM-MX provides complete tool-axis control for all 5-axis simultaneous machining strategies. As with other Delcam CAM systems, the machining algorithms underlying the PartMaker ASM-MX software are developed in-house by Delcam’s CAM development team.

Toolholding in focus at Rego-Fix

Indianapolis, Ind.-based Rego-Fix will present what it calls its lower-cost retrofit solution for the internal cooling of driven tools, as well as other advanced tooling systems.

The Rego-Fix reCool cooling system allows manufacturers to retrofit their driven tools to be able to benefit from internal or peripheral cooling, which the company claims is more effective in getting coolant to the cutting edge when compared to spray pipes or nozzles.

Other tooling systems displayed at the booth include the powRgrip toolholding collet system. New options for powRgrip include the secuRgrip anti-pull system, which locks in collets and cutters; and the slim-nose PG6 toolholder, which is the smallest toolholder in the powRgrip product series and has a minimal outside diameter of 0.4" and a clamping diameter from 0.008" to 0.125".

SFP1 Probe is newest from Renishaw

The new SFP1 probe option for the Revo 5-axis measurement system is the first to allow surface finish inspection to be fully integrated within coordinate measurement routines, according to its manufacturer, Renishaw Inc., Hoffman Estates, Ill.

With a measurement capability of 6.3 to 0.05 Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe eliminates the need for hand-held surface measurement devices or transporting parts to a dedicated surface measuring machine, says the company. The system allows automated switching between dimensional measurement and surface finish measurement, with the analysis contained in a single report.

The SFP1 probe is a fully integrated option for the Revo 5-axis measurement system, supplied with two dedicated styli, straight and cranked, which are selected via the measurement program control using the system’s modular rack system (MRS). Calibration of the probe is also automated under the CMM program, says Renishaw.

Rollomatic spotlights CNC tool grinders and peel grinders

Rollomatic, a leading machine tool manufacturer based in Le Landeron, Switzerland (with North American headquarters in Mundelein, Ill.), has developed new options and expanded capabilities in CNC tool grinding, blank preparation, micro grinding and peel grinding.

Rollomatic’s GrindSmart 5- and 6-axis tool grinding machines offer capability for all kinds of rotary and stationary cutting tools, such as endmills, drills, form tools, indexable inserts, taps, reamers, routers, and medical instruments.

According to Rollomatic, pinch grinding offers the highest concentricity, even on long and thin parts. The ShapeSmart NP5 5-axis Peel Grinding machine performs rough and finish grinding in one pass, using the peel grinding method. This method eliminates a separate process and reduces cycle time, says the company.

Spring Technologies debuts updated software

NCSIMUL Machine 9 NC simulation software from Spring Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., has been developed to interconnect with other company-wide software systems, such as MRP, ERP, and MES. According to the company, this latest version of the software includes extended features dedicated to multi-axis and multitasking machining centers.

NCSIMUL Machine 9 incorporates new ribbon technology navigation, so tasks are now accessed via tabs that break down into tasks and sub-tasks. The new interface has been specifically designed to work on touch screen devices. The "NCSIMUL Machine hub" apps enable users to browse any shared jobs or replay NC simulations with one-click. According to the company, new interactive programming features automate G-code generation from 3D motions, or allow dynamic editing of the NC program to see the consequences in the 3D view.

Sunnen offers SV-20 honing system

Sunnen Products Company, St. Louis, has developed the SV-20 honing system, a large-part machine for job-shop part production with a true linear, vertical, servo-stroking system to produce precision bore geometries on compressors, oilfield components, automotive/truck blocks and similar parts. The SV-20 has a variable-speed 15-550 rpm, 4.1-kW (5.5 hp) spindle motor.

According to Sunnen, the SV-20’s linear stroking system keeps the honing tool concentric with the bore throughout the full stroke length to produce a consistent diameter from top to bottom of the bore. The machine has a work envelope of 915 mm x 1015 mm (36" x 40"), and a weight capacity of up to 680 kg (1500 lb.).

The SV-20 is available with a 400V/50Hz/3Ph or 460V/60Hz/3Ph electrical system. Options include a T-slot base, manual rollover cradle for engine blocks, and sump pump to allow connection to an external coolant supply.

Supertec demonstrates four grinders

With U.S. headquarters in Paramount, Calif., Supertec Machinery Inc. specializes in centerless, cylindrical, and surface grinding machines.

The company will display four of its most popular models at its booth: the G32P-60 CNC, a 12” x 24” universal CNC cylindrical grinder; the Master-818 CNC, a 3-axis 8” x 18” CNC profile surface grinder; an SG-3A1224, a 12” x 24” 3-axis automatic surface grinder; and the STC-1206 NC single axis automatic centerless grinder. All four grinders will be under power and available for demonstrations.

Tecnara features rotary tables

Tecnara Tooling Systems, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., offers a range of Kitagawa rotary tables, including side and rear-mount models, multi-spindle models, vertical models and TT-series tilting tables with built-in rotary joints. All Kitagawa rotary tables feature a very large worm gear module that provides a large area of contact between the worm and wheel gear.

The company says it designed its recently-introduced TP530 rotary table for the oil, gas and aerospace industries. This rotary table can handle pipe and other work pieces up to its 13.6” (345 mm) thru-hole diameter.

Tecnara Tooling Systems also supplies Kawata TOUCHDEX indexers, MST Rite-Angle heads, and Aoi Seiko MistCapture Filterless Oil-Mist Separators, as well as a selection of toolholders, workholders, accessories and other tooling systems.

Whitney Tool now offers Burr-Zit

Cutting tool manufacturer Whitney Tool Company, Bedford, Ind., has acquired Cogsdill Enterprises, the developer and patent holder of the Burr-Zit tool. Whitney also manufactures Woodruff style slotting and keyseat milling cutters, counterbores, counterbore pilots, T-slot, dovetail and other specialty milling cutters, as well as combined drills and countersinks.

Burr-Zit is a clothespin type de-burring tool that can de-burr both sides of a drilled, punched or reamed hole in one operation, even when only one side is accessible, says the company. Burr-Zit tools are constructed from a single piece of M2 high-speed cutting steel. Users can de-burr up to five thousand holes per grind with approximately 6 to 20 grinds per tool, depending on size.

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