As it becomes harder to hire and train in the CNC market, it becomes evident that automation is the future. Just like a good employee, good automation requires an investment in tools, training, and software that will unlock capabilities beyond someone’s experience. Robotic arms, pallet changes, and automatic band saws prove of little value for prototyping businesses that are making only a few of each component. That is where CAMWorks becomes a small business owner’s automation asset. The software company that is automating CNC machine programming by allowing you to train the AI that will eventually program parts for your company. For me, (Matt Moseman with DEVELOP LLC) CAMWorks was my first employee, my first programmer, the programmer that CAMWorks calls Automatic Feature Recognition.
Like every employee, Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) requires training until it eventually starts learning your company, your tools, your machines, and most importantly your brand identity. At the point of your trained employee, AFR takes programming tasks over. While your clients will never meet AFR they will see its attention to detail. Details that are consistent and of the same quality and processes from a unique part to a unique part no matter what team member programmed the part. Manufacturing brands live within one’s bespoke Technology Database
If anyone knows me from my previous employer in the manufacturing industry at the world-renowned car builder Ringbrothers. You have seen my passion for detail and my drive for premium quality. A living process that I created for the brothers is now the internal product development and manufacturing team. Those proven processes and strategies were the reason I choose CAMWorks and the teams that support it when I started building the manufacturing department at DEVELOP. Quality products and services that represent the brand we are building in the product development and automation industries. While we do manufacture parts for clients we manufacture products that we have designed for manufacturing providing our clients with the best results at a premium value. Just like CAMWorks and Hawk Ridge does for us.
For DEVELOP, automation, and speed to market is at the core of our processes. Not only because we are an automation integrator we are a product development company that helps from concept to completion. Making it inherent that our CAM must live within our preferred designing tool, SOLIDWORKS. This allows for faster internal product development by removing redundant tasks. For instance, shop drawings with tolerances have never become a part of our process. We utilize the existing 3D file in Solidworks by using Model-Based Definition that shows AFR what tolerances are critical and might need special attention. This becomes extremely powerful when you are making revision 002 of a part and all of your tool paths update at a click of a button on your computer and you are posting that data to the shop floor within minutes of an engineering change order.
At the end of the day, every business decision we make is driven with quality and future scale in mind. With DEVELOP’s future being set on details and speed to market our decisions are based on supporting this in a scalable fashion. That is why when we added employee number two in the CNC department he was introduced to AFR and AFR handled a large portion of our training.