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Accurately Locate Cast Parts in CNC for Post-Machining Operations | Mastercam & CIMCO Probe 

Accurately Locate Cast Parts in CNC for Post-Machining Operations | Mastercam & CIMCO Probe

If we’re going to machine a casting, we need to know exactly where it is. And to do that, we’re going to probe it with CIMCO probing. CIMCO probing utilizes a probe tool to take measurements of the rough casting to locate the center of the imperfect shape to offset the toolpath for consistent finished parts.  In this part, we measure the angle and overall width of a part. This allows us to set the machine right in the middle of the casting’s geometry. 

 

To begin the machining process, we’ll use a stock model that represents the rough casting. By doing so, Mastercam understands where we’re starting from and can generate toolpaths accordingly. To optimize the machining process, we’ll use a high-speed toolpath and import all our favorite settings. This ensures efficient and effective material removal. Thanks to the stock awareness feature in Mastercam, the toolpath will only cut in the areas necessary to remove the material for the operation. This eliminates unnecessary cutting and improves the overall efficiency of the process. When verifying the operation, we can see the probing operations, giving us confidence in the accurate location of the cut. 

 

Mastercam’s CIMCO probing feature provides CNC machinists with a powerful tool for accurately locating cuts on castings. By utilizing stock models, high-speed toolpaths, and the expertise of MLC CAD Systems, machinists can achieve precise and efficient machining operations. Feel free to reach out to us for any queries or further assistance with CNC programming. 

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