As the exhibitors from Third Wave Systems maintain, aerospace engine OEMs are faced with a continuous demand for on-time engine deliveries, putting the pressure on their suppliers to make sure their processes are efficient enough to handle the increase in machining. The company has been working with these firms and their suppliers to help reduce machining time by 15 to 40 percent using Production Module, which is NC optimization software developed by the exhibitors. To make the toolpath optimization process part of the workflow, TWS has developed a feature called Third Wave X-Change NX that allows users to use a bi-directional interface to NX CAM. This helps ensure smooth development and effective usage by the NC programming teams since tool path optimization now reportedly becomes part of the workflow. The bi-directional integration ensures traceability and reproducibility of the optimized tool path. The Production Module solution utilizes physics-based material models to analyze not only force, but stress and temperature on the tool to ensure the right balance between cycle time and tool life.
Tool-path optimization as part of the workflow
The pressure on aerospace engine OEMs and their suppliers to deliver engines on time is increasing according to Third Wave Systems. In order to make the process chain more efficient, NC optimization software has been developed to make the tool-path optimization part of the workflow.