Delcam has recently gained its 30,000th customer, the German toolmaker Werkzeugbau Laichingen GmbH. Coincidentally, the order was again for six seats of the FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system, the same as that placed during 2008 by the 25,000th customer, JR Automation Technologies.
Werkzeugbau Laichingen undertakes the design, engineering and production of any kind of cutting and forming dies, but specialises in press tools, forming dies and punch tools up to 50 metric tonnes in weight. The company was founded in 1891 and now employs around 170 staff on two sites in Laichingen and Leipzig. As well as offering a complete design, manufacturing and maintenance service, it has equipment to produce samples and undertake inspection reports on the parts.
The success of the company comes not just from the high quality of its tools but also from its very fast reaction times and rigorous adherence to delivery dates. To further improve its speed of response, Werkzeugbau Laichingen has invested heavily in the latest five-axis machines.
To gain the maximum productivity from this new equipment, Armin Schmid, head of CADCAM at Werkzeugbau Laichingen, needed a more powerful 3D CAM system. It had to allow programming directly based on the 3D CAD model and also be as flexible as the company’s existing 2D programming system.
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