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CAM Software As A Creativity Tool

By Modern Machine Shop

This job shop relies on its CNC programming software to unlock the productivity of its multi-axis, multi-tasking machine tools and CNC Swiss-type machines.

The formula for this job shop’s success is simple: Be better than the competition at making complex precision parts on complex, high-tech machine tools.

The shop is Evans Machining Service in Clairton, Pennsylvania, about 12 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh. The shop is owned and managed by the Evans family—a father and his three sons. Mother also helps out with shipping and paperwork, and a sister works part time. Three other skilled machine operators round out the shop production crew.

To be a winner, the shop must have multi-tasking machines with subspindles and sliding headstock lathes with Y-axis milling, but that is not enough. "You also have to be more creative in how you process parts on these machines than everybody else,” says Dan Evans, the no. 3 son who does most of the off-line programming for the shop’s Mazak Integrex machines, Marubeni Citizen-Cincom CNC Swiss-type machines and assorted CNC vertical machining centers.

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