American Machinist

Software proves medical marvel. (Casebooks).

BY SWITCHING TO A NEW CAM SYSTEM, A CONTRACT--machining shop specializing in components for medical-equipment manufacturers reduces its programming time for complex parts by 80%. U. Klein GmbH's old system took so long to program parts with complicated 3D contours that the St. Ingert, Germany, shop had to turn down many orders. To gain productivity, the shop switched to a solids-based CAM system built upon the Parasolid modeling kernel.

The system, Esprit from DP Technology, accepts solid part geometry directly from U. Klein's CAD files without translation. This substantially reduces programming time. The shop saves even more time by defining a library of tools that can be imported for each job. …

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