Succeeding with Software
IN THIS CHAPTER
Spelling out software acronyms
Unraveling computer-aided manufacturing
Modeling your parts
Simulating your programs
Picking parameters apart
Figuring out file formats
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
If you’re like me, you’d just as soon skip any discussion of computers or software and talk instead about computer numerical control (CNC) machines and cutting tools and metal removal. Sadly, we can’t do that. Like it or not, information technology (computer nerds proudly call it I.T., slowly emphasizing each letter) is an important slice of the manufacturing pie; if you don’t take a big bite, your success with machining will be less than you’ve been hoping for.
Actually, the subject is pretty cool. Software helps you design parts, generate toolpaths, and manage tool life and machining operations. It lets you ...