Let's face it, times are tight. That means you need to get your parts programmed, running and out the door to your customer as
quickly possible. That's where PartMaker can help!
PartMaker pioneered the market for CAD/CAM software for programming multi-axis, multi-spindle Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes.
PartMaker is an easy to use system that will handle your range of CNC programming needs. With over 300 post processors for Turn-Mills
and Swiss-type lathes, you are almost assured PartMaker has an off the shelf solution for your needs.
To see for yourself how PartMaker can start making your company more productive today call us directly at 303-651-6545 or toll free at
800-543-7666 or email us at Swiss@automatics.com and see how PartMaker can help your company.
Automatics & Machinery
150 Martin Street, Longmont CO 80501
Simply the best and easiest to use with superior post processors
PartMaker Turn-Mill is a cost effective CAM system that will improve your productivity. It employs a Patented Visual programming strategy
that enables complex parts to be programmed as a series of simple operations. It is highly intuitive and graphical, making the system
ideal for use on the shop floor.
PartMaker Turn-Mill is exciting because it makes the task of programming the more complex multi-spindle, multi-axis machines much easier.
It also enables you to program all your machines - Mills, Lathes, Turn-Mills & Swiss.
With the same simple approach, PartMaker Turn-Mill will greatly reduce your chances of making errors and measurably reduce your programming
times. Turn-Mill will also present you with accurate times for manufacturing and quoting purposes.
Turn-Mill will do what you have only been able to do by hand - until now.
Mill & Turn programming comes with an extensive library of post processors.
The more sophisticated multi-spindle, multi-axes machines include a single Post Processor from the standard library of posts. Additional
posts are available and are offered from the library or by customization.
PartMaker has a post configuration utility called ConfigPost that allows you to customize any of the post processors to your own style. It
allows you to modify the structure of the program and to add accessories.
PartMaker training for Turn-Mill can be arranged at our site or yours.
PartMaker Turn-Mill is unique. It uses Patented Methodology to process simultaneous multi-axis turning operations with live
tooling in an efficient manner to produce output in the correct format.
PartMaker employs a "divide and conquer" strategy that helps the programmer deal with complicated parts by breaking the surfaces into a
set of faces. A part face contains various machined features such as slots & holes or can be planar or rotational. A specific machining
function such as turning, polar milling or cylinder milling is assigned to each face. A dedicated window ("face window") contains a
workspace for the graphic representation of the face features.
Knowledge Based Machining
PartMaker is what is known as a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by
remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from
reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management
The key to PartMaker is its Visual Programming Approach. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures
to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Parameters, such as angle, diameter, depth of cut, clearance, and finish
allowance are clearly marked for easy entry.
A Tools Database contains a complete tool capability description for a given CNC machine. A specific dialog box is associated with each type
of tool, (e.g. end mills, face mills, slot mills, centering tools, dove-tail mills, thread mills, spot drills, drills, bores, reams, taps,
chamfers, grooving tools, turning cutters and threading tools). The Tools Database dialog box contains a pictorial representation of the tools
and a list of their parameters. A tool's description is entered once and permanently maintained for the life of the tool. This system is
capable of simulating and displaying the tool path and the process of material removal to shape a particular part feature. A facility for
description of user-defined tools is also provided.
A Cycle Database stores cycles. Cycles are sequences of repetitive operations used to machine a part feature. A cycle can be made up of a
series of operations that go into machining a hole. For example, a tapped hole might require a center drill, a drill, a chamfer and a tap.
An operator enters cycle information only once, when a new feature is encountered for the first time. The system automatically finds all
features to be produced with the same cycle based on part geometry. The cycle information is presented in an easily modifiable table with
icons of tools used in a cycle. A cycle's data is permanently stored and may be applied to different parts incorporating the same features.
Material Machinability Database
A Material Machinability Database contains customizable charts for recommended material removal speeds as a function of tool parameters.
Once the part features are described on all the faces, the system optimizes the resulting machining process. The machine operations are
scheduled to minimize the cycle time. This is achieved by selecting the optimal tool cutting speed and feed from the Material Machinability
Database. Eliminating redundant tool changes minimizes the time for tool changes and part repositioning to machine different faces. The
Process Table displays results of the optimized machining process such as feeds, speeds, and cycle time.
The Code Generator translates Process Table data into CNC program using machine specific post configuration. The machine specific Post
Configuration files are created using a Post Configuration Subsystem allowing a user to customize the output of the Code Generator.