Cutting, Engineering Services Company Grows With Machining

Aerodyn provides instrumentation and field-testing focusing on the power generation and aerospace industries. “Our reputation is for being able to perform very difficult tests with a high success rate,” says David Lawrence, president of Indiana­polis, IN-based Aerodyn Engineering.

Stators, rotors, and blisks present significant 5-axis programming and machining challenges. Aerodyn purchased an NMV-5000 5-axis machining center from DMG / Mori Seiki in the summer of 2010 and followed up with an NMV-3000 in February 2011. While Aerodyn saw the advantages in tackling more and more difficult projects, they quickly reached the limits of their 5-axis programming capabilities. As opportunity would have it, Yeager and Fransden decided to take their model to the software pavilion at IMTS 2010 and challenge the vendors directly.

“We did not have the luxury of time,” Yeager says. “Plenty of companies said they could, but the wait time would be a couple weeks while they took the model home and had their guru work on it. We needed a solution we could see immediately.” Where other CAM packages could not, hyperMILL®, from OPEN MIND Technologies USA Inc., could. With a history in 2.5D, 3D, and 5-axis programming, hyperMILL® provides a complete resource of analysis, programming, and verification tools.

“Increased capability is one of the things our CAM software gives us.“

Keith Yeager, Vice President

Same toolpath on the screen and on the machine

“We can throw a model in and get a toolpath out without having to play with it. It is very intuitive – the toolpath you see on the screen looks like the toolpath you get on the machine." With multi-axis machining and programming experience in his background, Frandsen praises the quality of training available to hyperMILL® users. "Any problems I have had in programming related to needing construction geometries, boundaries, or basic 2D skeltons that I was not aware of, I have been able to solve all of my issues over the phone or gotomeeting,” Aerodyn CNC Programmer John Frandsen says.
Edited by Elizabeth Engler Modic.


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