MCAD Tech News #189

11 Oct, 2006 By: Jeffrey Rowe

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Multitasking Machining

Manufacturers embrace multi-function equipment to gain a competitive advantage.

All manufacturers want to boost productivity, and an increasing number are purchasing multitasking or multi-function machines that can perform several different machining operations. These machines are proving to be a competitive advantage by producing accurate and repeatable finished parts.

These amazing machines were prominently displayed and demonstrated at the IMTS show last month in Chicago (see last week’s edition for details on IMTS). Beyond their multitasking capabilities, these machines are versatile in other ways, including the ability to produce one-off, complex parts or small lots of parts that may or may not be members of the same family. These devices can machine anything from big chunks of raw steel down to minuscule medical devices, and everything in between.

ultitasking equipment that combines different machining processes is not exactly a new idea, although the range of operations the equipment is capable of and the end results have expanded quite dramatically in the past few years. For our purposes here, we’ll define multitasking equipment as machines that can perform more than a single metal removal operation, simultaneously from one part with more than one cutting tool or from a number of parts. Read more>>

Cadalyst Labs Review: Make It Real -- Visualization Software Brings Designs to Life

By Ron LaFon

Along with the extraordinary development of 3D design software has come the ability to turn drawings into visualizations that mimic reality. Whether it’s to troubleshoot the design, convince a nervous client or sell a design firm’s capabilities, the visualization of design data has completely changed the way many of us work. Modern products and structures can be complex and hard to picture from the underlying CAD drawings alone. Visualization is one of the impressive capabilities brought by modern computer systems and the associated software development. Getting a realistic idea of what a new building will look like in its proposed setting is a remarkable achievement, and many of the visualization applications described in this article can produce photorealistic results. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

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October 12, 2006
Coventry, UK
SMARTEAM users will meet at this user forum to learn how to maximize the effectiveness of their SMARTEAM PLM investment. Industry speakers will include representatives from Avery WeighTronix and Magellan Aerospace; both companies will share how SMARTEAM has helped them to manage business critical information and disseminate it throughout the enterprise. Read more

Webinar: Autodesk Inventor
October 17, 2006
Attendees to this complimentary one-hour webcast will learn how Inventor can boost performance. The webinar will also include a demonstration of Inventor in action and tips for users. Read more

Adobe Acrobat PDF Central Conference
November 6-9, 2006
Council Bluffs, Iowa
This conference comprises both a main conference -- including more than 24 sessions presented by Adobe representatives and other industry experts – and a “mini-conference” for those new to PDF or still investigating PDF possibilities. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here>>

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