MecSoft & New CNC Attend IWF 2016

MecSoft recently attended the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta, August 24 -27 with our friends and partners New CNC! In contrast to the late summer Atlanta temperatures, the cool exhibit halls were jam packed with exhibitors and attendees alike, looking to see the latest in CNC innovation!

We demonstrated LIVE, the ease-of-use of MecSoft’s 2016 line of CAM software in programming and cutting multi-axis parts on New CNC’s complete line of 3, 4 and 5 axis machines. From part to finished product in minutes, attendees saw why MecSoft dominates with it’s signature smooth work-flow and easy programming from part to post!

Multi-Axis Machining with RhinoCAM 2016

RhinoCAM 2016’s multi-axis capability was on display at IWF 2016 taking full advantage of New CNC’s latest CNC machine tools. In the images shown below we see a decorative carved table leg machined using indexed and continuous 4 axis toolpaths. The stock blank measured 4.5” x 32” x 5”. Roughing was performed using a 1 ¼ end mill using, pre-finishing with a 3/8” ball mill and a final finish pass using a 1/8” taper mill. Indexed machining was used for roughing the stock from top and bottom followed by continuous 4-axis for finishing. The roughing process took only about 20 minutes per side running at 18,000 rpm with a feed rate of 400 inches/min on the SMART Series CNC. In about an hour’s time, we had the entire part machined with fine detail.
RhinoCAM 2016 & New CNC’s SMART Series CNC was showcased at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta. RhinoCAM 2016 is shown simulating a 4 axis parallel finishing operation on this decorative table leg design. The finished piece is shown inset.
New CNC’s 4 Axis CNC Router setup. Notice the 4th axis on the far-right side of the machine.

The 5 axis CNC is the latest addition to New CNC’s lineup of machine tools. This features a dual table Head-Head configuration machine. Using RhinoCAM’s simultaneous 5 axis programming capabilities, we showcased how to program and machine a disc-shaped part and carve out a logo on top using 5 axis surface normal and curve projection machining methods. This opens up a window of opportunity to program parts with undercuts, eliminating the need to orient & re-fixture the part due to the limitations of a 3 axis machining process.

Attendees were very impressed with the ease of use of RhinoCAM and the seamless workflow from programming to machining. Our attendees ranged from novice to expert users and everyone who stopped by had information to take home with them that can be put to good use for their applications. We also had an opportunity to meet several of our customers who stopped by to tell us how they have been benefited with RhinoCAM!

Using RhinoCAM’s simultaneous 5 axis programming capabilities, we showcased how to program and machine a disc-shaped part and carve out a logo on top using 5 axis surface normal and curve projection machining methods. This opens up a window of opportunity to program parts with undercuts, eliminating the need to orient & re-fixture the part due to the limitations of a 3 axis machining process!

Here are some additional multi-axis images from the show!

5 Axis Surface Normal Machining in action!
5 Axis Curve Machining in action!
RhinoCAM was also used in the programming of hinge pockets and drilling of holes on the side of a door frame using an aggregate head on a 3 axis CNC router shown below.
Machining of hinge pockets & holes using aggregate head.
MecSoft would like to thank Tom Galzin of NEW CNC for providing this opportunity to present MecSoft CAM products at the 2016 International Woodworking Fair (IWF). It was a very nice experience.

Companion Video

Watch the companion video of the 5 axis toolpath above driving New CNC’s dual table Head-head multi-axis CNC machine!
Watch more videos from the 2016 IWF.

More about MecSoft Corporation

MecSoft Corporation is a developer of standalone, as well as integrated CAD/CAM software solutions for both the subtractive (CNC machining) and additive (3D printing) manufacturing industries. Founded in 1997, MecSoft continues to grow while developing, marketing and supporting our products from our world headquarters in Irvine, CA. With a focus on developing easy, powerful, and affordable CAD/CAM software solutions, our goal is to continue to provide manufacturing professionals with the best price-to-performance CNC and 3D printing software.

More about NewCNC

NEW CNC of Holland Michigan builds affordable, industrial quality CNC routers for small and mid-sized shops. Their emphasis is to provide machines that are easy to use, highly productive, and above all extremely dependable. Every machine is backed by their industry leading customer care to ensure that each NEW CNC machine is always up to date and in perfect operating condition.

About IWF 2016

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta is the trade show where the most top management and qualified buyers go to source their products and find solutions for their business. These professionals come from a broad range of industries related to the cabinetry, architectural wood, home furnishings, business furnishings and related material processing machinery, supply and service industries. These customers are looking for products like CNC machinery, tooling, lumber, finishing, sharpening, laminates, hardware, adhesives, molding, doors, windows, routers, saw blades and accessories and much more. IWF attracts buyers from a broad range of industries looking for the newest, most advanced and cost effective manufacturing technology and supplies available to improve their company’s bottom line.

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Joe Anand

Joe Anand

Joe Anand has been President and CEO of MecSoft Corporation since 1997. Previously Joe worked for Siemens UGS PLM Software running a Custom Projects group implementing specialized projects for strategic global partners such as GM, Opel and GE as well as working on 3D machining algorithms for the NX product series. Before that he worked at Intergraph Corporation and was responsible for rewriting Intergraph's 3 Axis milling product. Earlier, Joe held senior positions at Auto-trol Technology and GE Calma.
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