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Martin Brown, Director
Lion Engineering, UK






FeatureCAM Applications

Click on the tabs below to find out why FeatureCAM is used for a variety of applications, including 2.5D, 3D and 5-axis Machining.

  • 2.5D Machining

    FeatureCAM 2.5D Machining

    FeatureMILL2.5D enables you to machine holes, pockets, grooves, bosses and threads quickly and easily.

    Benefits:

    • Imports industry standard file types such as IGES, DWG and DXF, for easy communication with your customers
    • Creates reliable toolpaths quickly and easily with the help of step-by-step wizards, saving you time
    • Combines single part programs into multiple part programs, minimising programming times
    • Supports tombstone machining on both horizontal and vertical machines, letting you machine several parts in a single set-up
    • Includes proven post-processors for all major machine tools, reducing machine commissioning time

    Typical Applications:

    • General shop parts with simple slots, holes and side features
    • Tooling fixtures and fittings
    • Covers, plates and brackets


    Virginia Panel Corp.

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    Partner: Mazak

    Tulas Technology Center

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    Partner: HAAS

    Hogan's Racing Manifolds

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    Partner: HAAS
    View video about our partner Mazak working with Virginia Panel Corp.
    View video about our partner HAAS working with Tulas Technology Center
    View video about our partner HAAS working with Hogan's Racing
  • 3D Machining

    FeatureCAM 3D Machining

    FeatureMILL3D offers a wide range of strategies for both conventional and high-speed 3D milling.

    Benefits:

    • Maximises metal removal rates, helping you make parts faster
    • Maintains constant cutter load, increasing tool life
    • Minimises sudden changes in cutting direction, preventing tool breakage and part damage
    • Produces parts with excellent surface finish quality, eliminating hand finishing

    Typical Applications:

    • Simple moulds and die tooling
    • Final machining of castings


    Robinson Helicopters

    View video about our partner Hermle working with Robinson Helicopters
    Partner: Hermle

    Paulus Precision

    View video about our partner HAAS working with Paulus Precision
    Partner: HAAS

    JR Automation
    View video about our partner Fadal working with JR Automation
    Partner: Fadal
    View video about our partner Hermle working with Robinson Helicopters
    View video about our partner HAAS working with Paulus Precision
    View video about our partner Fadal working with JR Automation

    PUSH Industries

    View video about our partner HAAS working with PUSH Industries
    Partner: HAAS

    LC Fabrications

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    Partner: HAAS

    Cupp Manufacturing

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    Partner: HAAS
    View video about our partner HAAS working with PUSH Industries
    View video about our partner HAAS working with LC Fabrications
    View video about our partner HAAS working with Cupp Manufacturing
       

    Innovative Precision

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    Partner: Mazak
       
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  • 5-axis Machining

    FeatureCAM 5-axis Machining

    FeatureCAM supports both 5-axis positional and simultaneous machining, including 5-axis drilling, trimming and swarf machining.

    Benefits:

    • Produces complex parts with fewer set-ups, saving time and reducing errors
    • Increases accuracy by machining parts with shorter, more rigid, tools
    • Controls the tool axis, allowing machining of areas that cannot be machined with 3-axis strategies
    • Converts 3-axis toolpaths to their 5-axis equivalents automatically, preventing collisions between holder and part

    Typical Applications:

    • Highly complex mould and die tools with undercuts
    • Very high tolerance aerospace parts
    • Turbines and stator vanes
    • Highly complex engine ports


    SFI

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    Partner: SNK

    Padgett machine
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    Partner: HAAS
     
    View video about our partner SNK working with SFI
    View video about our partner HAAS working with Padgett machine
  • Turning

    FeatureCAM Turning

    FeatureTURN provides quick and easy programming of all types of turned parts

    Benefits:

    • Creates both common and specialist hole types, facing and cut-off features, and grooves and threads on the outside or inside diameter, letting you machine all types of turned component
    • Supports a wide range of canned cycles, including rough and finish profiling, threading, grooving, drilling and tapping, making the most efficient use of your machine controller
    • Posts code to almost any CNC controller on the market today, letting you machine successfully from day 1
    • Supports machines with sub-spindles, bar feeders and bar pullers, increasing productivity by reducing material loading times

    Typical Applications:

    • Hose fittings
    • Bearing pins & axles


    Silencerco & SWR
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    Partner: Mori Seiki

    BB Tools
    View video about our partner OKUMA working with BB Tools
    Partner: OKUMA
     
    View video about our partner Mori Seiki working with Silencerco & SWR
    View video about our partner Okuma working with BB Tools
  • Turn/Mill

    FeatureCAM Turn/Mill

    FeatureTURN/MILL enables both turning and milling features to be created on a single machine in one set-up.

    Benefits:

    • Supports machines with C and Y milling capabilities and sub-spindles, letting you machine more complex parts
    • Easily programs drilling or milling features on the face or outside diameter of a part with the FeatureTURN/MILL feature wizard, so you get parts onto your machine tool faster
    • Contains all of the milling features in FeatureMILL2.5D, including holes, slots, pockets, grooves, sides and patterns, for increased flexibility

    Advanced Turn/Mill Benefits:

    • FeatureTURN/MILL’s Multi-Turret Turning technology controls turn/mill machines with multiple turrets, speeding production through true multi-tasking processes
    • Synchronise and optimise your turn/mill operations between multiple turrets through an easy-to-use ‘drag and drop’ graphical interface on a time or operation-basis
    • Sub-spindle and multiple spindle part transfer is available in FeatureCAM through defined feature operations
    • Simultaneous B-axis turning in FeatureCAM enables you to create multiple machining orientations in a single set-up and quickly program complex machining operations
    • Switch between C-axis milling and Y-axis milling to help improve the surface finish of milled parts with the tick of a box

    Typical Applications:

    • Complex drilling heads for the oil & gas industry
    • Engine crank shafts


    Mazak Mill-Turn Seminar

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    Partner: Mazak

    Turn/Mill at Mazak
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    Partner: Mazak
     
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    View video about our partner HAAS working with Hogan's Racing
     
  • Mill/Turn

    FeatureCAM Mill/Turn

    FeatureMILL/TURN supports both milling and turning features to be created on a single machine tool in a single file.

    Benefits:

    • Allows both milling and turning setups to be run in a single simulation
    • Contains all of the turning features in FeatureTURN, including turns, bores, grooves and threads
    • FeatureMILL/TURN feature wizard simplifies the programming of milling and turning features in a single setup for greater productivity
    • Supports machines with a C-Table or Table on Table
    • Support for a number of Mill/Turn machines, such as DMG DMU 80FD, Hermle C42 U MT and Okuma Millac 33TU - click here to view videos

    Typical Applications:

    • Alloy Wheels
    • Aerospace Engine Casings
    • High Pressure Compressor Housings
    • Compressor Plates
    • Mould Inserts
    • Tire Moulds
    • Pinion Cages
    • Tool Turrets
    • Pelton Blades
    • Impellers
    • Crank Housings
    • Hydraulic Components




    Maximise your machine with FeatureMILL/TURN

    Click here to find out more
  • Wire EDM

    FeatureCAM Wire EDM

    FeatureWIRE offers an automated approach for programming the full range of 2-axis and 4-axis wire EDM equipment.

    Benefits:

    • Automatically provides the operations for different cutting strategies
    • Includes a cutting conditions database that contains wire EDM generator settings, flushing settings and cutter compensation settings
    • Supplied with proven post-processors for industry-leading machines, including Agie-Charmilles, Fanuc, Mitsubishi and Sodick
    • Supports a range of features for part creation, including dies, punches and sides

    Typical Applications:

    • Gear blanks
    • Hydraulic actuators
    • Precision valve parts

  • Tombstone Machining

    FeatureCAM Tombstone Machining

    Tombstone machining in FeatureCAM enables easy programming of production milling.

    Benefits:

    • Supports both horizontal and vertical machines
    • Manages the placement of the parts on the tombstone
    • Helps you determine the milling coordinate systems
    • Sequences the operations so that tool changes are minimised
    • Simulates the NC code while displaying the tombstone, parts, tool, tool holder and spindle
    • Detects any gouges during simulation for safe machining
    • Allows maximum machine uptime for lean manufacturing techniques

    Typical Applications:

    • Finish machining of castings
    • Short production run machining

  • Simulation

    FeatureCAM Simulation

    FeatureCAM provides complete simulation of the machine tool environment to identify collisions between the machine components, spindle, holder, tooling and part stock in order to avoid costly mistakes. In addition to machine simulation, FeatureCAM also offers centerline, 2D, 3D and RapidCut simulation modes.

    Benefits:

    • Faster programming turnaround because you can simulate cutting motion ahead of time
    • Avoid production delays because of a machine that’s down
    • Avoid costly repairs to a crashed spindle
    • Avoid cost overruns from scrapped workpieces
    • General peace of mind

    Specific capabilities:

    • Simulate complex machine tools and toolpaths for smoother machine tool movements
    • Warnings for holder collisions and gouge detection ensure no costly mistakes occur during the manufacturing process
    • Realistic graphics show metallic part rendering and may be rotated during the simulation
    • Import or build machine models with FeatureCAM’s Solid Modelling* module or your own solid modeller, including jigs, fixtures and machine specific features
    • Load toolpaths into different machine models to ensure you use the most appropriate machine to produce the part
    • Support for multiple cores enables you to simulate your manufacturing process faster than ever
    • Cursor arrow keys allow you to step through the simulation at your own pace
    • Part compare allows for quality control prior to machining, preventing scrap and the need for reprogramming
    • Start a 3D simulation at any stage of the machining process

    *optional module

    • CNC Probing Support

      FeatureCAM CNC Probing Support

      FeatureCAM CNC Touch-Trigger Probing is an optional module providing an in-process verification solution for automated ‘lights out’ machining of feature-rich parts, with support for multiple probing feature types.

      Benefits

      • Reduce wastage by checking for the presence of correct part or fixture
      • Optimise toolpaths for the exact amount of material being machined
      • Save time by minimising unnecessary re-cutting operations
      • Maximise machine usage by aborting cutting when required
      • Support for probing multiple feature types

      To view a demonstration of probing click on the video link below.


      FeatureCAM Probing

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