Dayton, OH-based Budde Sheet Metal Works Inc. is managing its CAM data with version 5 of MetaCAM software from MetaMation, Inc. (www.metamation.com). Engineer Ryan Gudorf says the move will help the company reduce manufacturing errors. Gudorf, who uses Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) for CAD, says if he opens a CAM file created from a Solid Edge file that's been redesigned, he'll get a warning that the CAM file may not comply with the CAD file. "That will help ensure that we will never produce an out-of-date part," he says. MetaCAM is a Solid Edge Voyager Program partner application.
Additionally, Gudorf reports productivity increases. "We have reduced what used to take thousands of mouse clicks and eight hours of time to 10 mouse clicks that take about one minute," he says.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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