RP Service Bureau Boosts Productivity with CNC Optimization
A universal adaptive control for CNC milling/drilling machines and machining
centers constantly monitors tool load in real time during machining, mimicking
the efforts of CNC programmers to optimize programmed cutting feeds and of
operators to adjust feeds on the fly as they react to changing cutting
conditions and machine noise. 3-Dimensional Services, a rapid prototyping
service bureau in Rochester Hills, MI, has achieved savings of 23% in rough
milling and 7% in semi-finish milling using the adaptive control on its VMCs.
Sister company Urgent Plastic Services, which provides in-house injection
molding and patternmaking capabilities, also has increased productivity in its
roughing stages by approximately 26% using the system.
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