3D integration is not just isolated to engineering, but is a powerful technology that can and should be utilized throughout the entire tool-making process. What should you expect from your next project with us? We import your electronic file directly into our Solid Works software and design your tooling directly off your file. Upon completion of the concept design, we send you a 3D solid model of the tool via e-mail in an E-drawings format. This is a small file, usually under 1 MB, that can be viewed using E-drawings software, a free downloadable program by Solid Works.
Our programmers import the Solid files directly into our CAM software, both Master Cam X2 and Esprit. This process of programming directly off the solid models eliminates human error such as putting a hole in the wrong location or drilling a hole the wrong size.
The tooling can then be reviewed by all parties involved, and all issues can be addressed on the front end of the project, rather than at final assembly and tool run off. Upon the approval of the tool, engineering releases the project on the floor. Our programmers import the Solid files directly into our CAM software, both Master Cam X2 and Esprit. This process of programming directly off the solid models eliminates human error such as putting a hole in the wrong location or drilling a hole the wrong size. Programming directly off the Solid files also prevents details being made at incorrect revision levels, as details are being updated in real-time, and we all know the chance of a tooling revision is almost 100%. When all the components for the tooling are machined and any other secondary processes are completed, the components go to assembly, where our toolmakers have computers accessing the 3D solid models of the tool. They can now see a 3D model of the tool and are able to rotate it, hide specific details, and measure directly off the model. An enormous amount of time is saved due to toolmakers having to go to engineering with specific questions; all the information is at the toolmaker’s fingertips. After assembly is complete, the 3D design is imported into our CMM software, and the critical dimensions of the tool are checked. We then perform the initial tool run off and verify the finished product from the tool by again importing the solid model of the part or assembly and verifying the critical dimensions, guaranteeing the tool is ready for production. We then ship the tool along with sample parts to your facility; we also e- mail you the day your tooling ships out along with a tracking number. You know when your tool will be arriving, and you have the assurance your tool will be ready for production the moment it arrives at your facility.