We have FeatureCam 2006 and never had a chance to learn to use it. Still stuck on BobCad Version 21. Do you do freelance work with emailed programs? What is your fee structure? Can I send you a print and get a quote from you. I need it posted to a Hurco Ultimax 4 control with toolchanger.
We have our own injection molding machines and produce our own injection molds. I prefer to machine in Fortal Aluminum, send it out for a few microns of surface treatment for wear resistance. No steel heat treatment with the warping by a few thousandths, no grinding, machine right to the print. We have two Kent VMC with toolchangers. Both have the Anilam 6300 controllers. Esprit does offer a post processor for the Anilam 6300. I would not have bought the software without the post processors.
I am looking for a demonstration of your programming abilities as might be relevant to our product line, seen at www.hotgrips.com Our next project will involve producing cavity inserts in Fortal HF or HP as shown at http://www.fortal.biz It is Aircraft-Quality Aluminum Plate Comparable to 7075 T651.
We will be working with 3.500" x 3.500" x 1.750" blocks, and producing a number of different cavity sets for mounting a 1" x 1" printed circuit board (PCB). It would be easier if I emailed you hi-resolution images of our old housing cavity, since the new ones will be variations on the same theme.
My prints will be produced on BobCad V.21, because I am used to it over too many years. BobCad cannot perform like the Esprit 2007 3-D. I see you creating programs to cut the cavities. I can provide a list of available end mills, ball-end mills, tapered end mills for draft. Perhaps the first project will be with a simple .250 dia. ball-nose end mill. These cavities are relatively small, less than 2 cubic inch of material removed on each side of the mold. I will take care of the ejector pin holes, mounting holes, cooling lines for molding. I just need the cavity machined.
Maybe you prefer to work with more relaxed requirements. If I were to send you the molded plastic pieces of the website's handlebar mounted switch holder, and ask you to simply make it again but with overall switch box outer dimensions that were 35% larger, could you work comfortably with those kind of instructions, rather than a print? It would mean you'd need to measure the part, take into account a shrinkage factor of .006" per linear inch. An injection molded part in the polymer we use, will shrink about that amount. If you made a 1x1x1 cavity, the part would mold and cool to .994 x .994 x .994 so you would make it 1.006 x 1.006 x 1.006" to anticipate the shrinkage and result in a 1.000 x 1.000 x 1.000 molded part.
Other future projects involve slightly larger blocks of Fortal Aluminum closer to X 7.000" x Y 3.500" x Z 1.875". In the larger blocks our cavities are half of our grips as shown on the same www.hotgrips.com website. I would define a profile of the grip in X -Y, in a BobCad drawing with sufficient detail and notes. And ask you to rotate it 180 degrees to form a cavity using Esprit. That cavity would become an injection mold for a new model of our product. I can more easily show this to you with hi-resolution JPEG images.
I see this kind of collaboration with a skilled machinist as a way to slowly become familiar with Esprit 2007 3-D and the Anilam 6300 controller.
I do not have formal machinist training, but I have had my own machine shop for 26 years, and I manage fairly well probably because I only do my own work, no outside custom machining. If I make a mistake, I just work out a solution or do it again. I don't mind working that way. I am semi-retired at 56, and work in a 1500 s.f. shop on the same land as my home. The injection molding machines are another 1500 s.f. and assembly, inspection, packing are another floor of 3000 s.f. above.
FeatureCam 3-D programmer needed for Anilam 6300 VMC.
I just got your CNCzone.com posts, somehow it did not get emailed to me, or did not get thru to me, so when I checked today I found them. 5-21-07. I am just leaving to attend the EASTEC machinery show for the week. I won't be able to get into emails or be on the Internet while there but I will email you when I return. Meanwhile if you have any trial code you would like me to try as a demonstration of what you can do. It doesn't need to be a grip mold cavity half, nor a housing cavity half, just something that will demonstrate a similar shaped cavity. Also, if you could give me an idea of how efficiently you work, and what such a cavity code might cost in terms of your FeatureCam time. I realize that is broad, and that if you needed to (of course you will need to) make changes, adjustments that I will pay for your FeatureCam time for that...