Last summer Finnie was introduced first hand to Yasda milling machines while at the AmeriMold Expo with a friend and fellow manufacturing plant owner. Finnie and M.R. Molds’ management conducted their due diligence and purchased a Yasda YBM Vi40 5-axis machining center and began looking for CAM software that was up to the task of controlling this high-end, high-speed 5-axis super mill.
Finnie said, “When we purchased the mill, the Yasda representative recommended that we reconsider the programming software we were using. We had been using a very popular brand for years and all of our employees were trained on it. But, he basically told me that using that software on this new Yasda machine would be like putting unleaded fuel in a dragster.”
Another concern, especially when moving to new software, is the learning curve. Finnie said that, “Nobody here had ever operated a 5-axis machine before, and suddenly we were faced with a machine having a rotating table that not only rotated but tilts side-to-side while the entire axis moves simultaneously. On top of that, the programmers had to take a crash course on hyperMILL® while learning how to operate the Yasda 5-axis mill because we had just received a purchase order for a very complex part that required both.”
To help meet the deadline, Nhut Nguyen, M.R. Mold’s lead programmer, received five days of onsite hyperMILL® training. Nhut said, “The trainer came to our company, sat down with us and was totally focused on our needs. He customized hyperMILL® to fit our requirements, and that’s pretty unique.”
Nhut added that, “hyperMILL® customer support is top notch. When I email questions I get answers back within 10 to 20 minutes. I really appreciate this!” After the training Nhut programmed his first hyperMILL® 5-axis job, machined it on the Yasda and completed it well ahead of schedule. “We’ve only been using hyperMILL® and the Yasda machine for about 6-months, Finnie said, “and the guys have developed a high level of confidence in programming and operating the machine.”