Your NC programs can be made more efficient by utilizing our Third Wave Systems NC program optimization software called Production Module. This software integrates physics-based material models, CAD/CAM inputs, tooling and work piece geometries, as well as machine dynamics. By predicting and displaying performance indicators that are not attainable from trial-and-error tests, this technology empowers users to make better-informed decisions about tooling and toolpath strategies, thus creating processes that machine dramatically faster while improving tool life and part quality.
When applying this tool to hardened alloys such as titanium, inconel, stainless steels and other exotics, we see a significant reduction in cycle time, increased tool life and improved part quality. Most of our customers experience a double digit reduction in their cycle times which positively impacts their business. Whether you are machining components with short run/long cycle time or long run/short cycle time, we can help streamline the process.
About Our Tools
Using software tools from Third Wave Systems, we provide a CAM simulation, analysis, and optimization solution for improving new and existing NC programs through a true physics-based approach. The science behind this technology is built upon a database of more than 130 accurate material models developed using proprietary FEA technology.
By starting with an in-depth knowledge of the physics-based properties of your machined materials, along with the geometries, machine tool limits, and cutting tool materials, our software products understand and model what is actually happening at the point of engagement. With all the cutting conditions in place, this optimization software predicts tool temperature, cutting forces and more that occurs during your machining process.
Without modifying your toolpath strategy, we analyze speed and feed settings line-by-line in relation to the aforementioned process parameters and then recommend feed and speed adjustments. We ensure safe cutting conditions while simultaneously increasing tool life and part quality by modifying speeds and feeds by slowing them down to eliminate spikes and peak stresses. Conversely, underutilized passes and operations are highlighted to identify where feeds and speeds can be safely increased—thus reducing cycle time.
Many customers experience cycle time reductions as high as 30% when machining titanium and other tough alloys.