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  • Manufacture Scorpion Success Story

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    Rapid Expansion: Increasing CNC Programming Capacity to 300% with FeatureCAM!

    SUCCESS STORY
    Company Info:

    Manufacture Scorpion is a manufacturer/distributor whose mission is to make the world’s best pneumatics and vacuum technologies available quickly and easily to North American companies. As the largest Pneumax partner, they have exclusive agreements with the world’s best suppliers to achieve their goal, allowing them to offer the best technology and help their customers be world-class.

    Based in Granby, QC, Manufacture Scorpion pioneered 24-hour service in North America for pneumatic cylinders. Their manufacturing employs the best machining technologies to achieve the fastest manufacturing speeds so their customers don’t have to wait. Their goal is to be the fastest to deliver.

     

    To learn more, visit: https://manufacturescorpion.com/en/

    Manufacture Scorpion

    Manufacture Scorpion

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    Challenge:

    As an industry leader, Manufacture Scorpion has experienced rapid growth, demanding fast expansion without sacrificing the quality and speed that their customers have grown to expect. With this expansion came challenges such as training new employees and acquiring new software licenses and post processors for new equipment. Knowing they needed a highly skilled team and could not afford delays; they reached out to SolidCAD to create personalized training program for new employees.

    Manufacture Scorpion already had a standing relationship with the SolidCAD team. They have used FeatureCAM for 10 years to program their CNC equipment and, as an Autodesk Partner, SolidCAD has often provided technical support to help resolve programming challenges. This long-standing relationship gave them the confidence to reach out and face this newest expansion together.

    Solution:

    To meet their increasing demand, Manufacture Scorpion acquired a new CNC machine, which required a new post processor created by SolidCAD. Along with the custom training, SolidCAD’s professional services  team also continues to offer remote technical support for all their programming needs.

    Results:

    1. The ability to program parts on multiple workstations has allowed them to increase their CNC programming capacity to 300%.
    2. Their personalized training programs allow new team members to hit the ground running without losing unnecessary time in the onboarding process.
    3. Remote technical support with the SolidCAD team’s flexible availability allow for any challenges to be resolved quickly and avoid delays.

    Products & Services Used:

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    Scorpion Manufacturing

    FeatureCAM

    Personalized Training

    Post processor creation

    Technical support

    Testimonial

    “The availability and flexibility of the instructors, and their ability to offer services without delays made all the difference. The team dedicated to remote technical support by phone and email is also unparalleled.

    They made the FeatureCAM software easy and efficient to use, which makes a big difference compared to other CAM software. It allows us to be aligned with our vision of the service and quality we want to offer our customers.”

    Bruno Roy, Director of Production at Manufacture Scorpion Inc

    Tons of new goodies for Fusion 360 CAM

    Since I last wrote here, there have been big, big changes to Fusion CAM (excuse me: “Fusion Manufacturing”). These changes range from completely new (and it needs to be said, very useful) machining strategies, to significant progress in the implementation of probing technology, to new love for turning, and to subtle but much-appreciated improvements to the user-interface.

    The biggest changes are contained within the Manufacturing Extension, a new subscription add-on for Fusion CAM. The idea is that while Fusion CAM (and Inventor CAM and HSMWorks, for that matter) is a modern and very competent CNC programming solution that can make short work of most jobs at a VERY attractive price, there are some customers that require still more power and that are willing to pay a little extra for it. Mold makers are a good example. In the past, the limited multi-axis toolpaths of Fusion CAM did not quite meet their needs. With the new Steep-and-Shallow strategy as well as toolpath trimming / direct editing (both technologies gifted from PowerMill), that has all changed. The Manufacturing Extension also opens the door to surface inspection and on-machine verification, a very hot button for anyone trying to increase efficiencies and get an advantage. Throw in automatic hole recognition technology (thanks, FeatureCAM) and a new Rotary multi-axis 3D milling strategy (this one is all Autodesk), and there is something for everybody. How much for these new goodies? 125 Cloud Credits ($125 USD) per month, month-to-month.

    And those other improvements? How about a new tool library interface? The old one definitely was a little clunky. And for those of you who make extensive use of user-templates to capture their best practices (why isn’t everybody?), how about a new interface that will allow you to sort and better manage everything?

    I haven’t talked about turning yet… It can be said that while Fusion CAM  / HSM CAM has traditionally been a competent turning solution, most of the R&D over the years has gone into making it a premier milling solution. But a dedicated turning team has now been brought into the development team, and turning is now getting the love it has always deserved. In my next blog, I’ll list all the recent changes (it’s a very long list of small but significant changes). What’s more, we are promised many more such improvements throughout the year, including something called Adaptive Turning that sounds very promising.

    Please note that the Manufacturing Extension is free to use right now through June 2020. So, by all means, give it a spin! Several of the other new features are available through the preview mode: just activate what you want under Preview Features in your Preferences; everything is quite stable.

    Now, it is quite apparent that Autodesk is turning Fusion into its premier CAM solution. That’s great news and we welcome all the improvements to an already-great CAM. However, if you are a user of Inventor CAM (or HSMWorks), don’t hold your breath for things like Steep-and-Shallow. Instead, Autodesk would rather you fire up the Fusion 360 entitlement included with your CAM. And to make it easier to use two platforms in parallel, recent changes now allow Fusion to play extremely well with Inventor and even SolidWorks.