CAM gives orthodontics manufacturer biting edge.Ortho Organizers Inc, San Marcos, CA, manufactures a full line of orthodontic orthodontic (ôr´thdän´tik),
adj products. The product line includes a variety of miniature metal brackets, springs and wires for straightening teeth as well as a variety of instruments (tools) and auxiliaries used by orthodontists. The parts that go into a patient's mouth require the utmost precision to ensure that teeth will become perfectly aligned. Dealing with tolerances unheard of in many metalworking shops, at Ortho, a quarter of an inch is a big part. Final products are made from stainless steel stainless steel: see steel.
Any of a family of alloy steels usually containing 10–30% chromium. The presence of chromium, together with low carbon content, gives remarkable resistance to corrosion and heat. , titanium, and even plastics, and require a variety of precision tooling and manufacturing processes.
An innovative hybrid and fully computerized equipment and master craftsman, Ortho has spent years refining design and manufacturing techniques to obtain uncompromising quality, major cost efficiencies, and high yields. This has been accomplished with state-of-the-art equipment, including computerized moldmaking, tools and dies, CAD/CAM CAD/CAM
in full computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing.
Integration of design and manufacturing into a system under direct control of digital computers. design, and sonic welding coupled with careful, experienced handwork that only the human touch can provide.
Since 1979, Ortho Organizers has specialized in precision-cast products. Recently, the company switched production methods, going from the lost wax casting process to the MIM MIM Metal Injection Molding
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MIM Made in Mexico (metal injection molding The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter.
Please help [ improve the introduction] to meet Wikipedia's layout standards. You can discuss the issue on the talk page. ) process. This change greatly increased overall productivity in the shop. However, this also required the tooling department to change as well. In tooling, CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) See numerical control.
CNC - Collaborative Networked Communication programs are created for a Kitamura vertical machining center, where graphite and copper electrodes are machined for an EDM (Engineering Data Management) An information system that maintains the details of all engineering data while the product is in the design and concept phase. This includes geometry and changes to geometry. See PLM.
EDM - Electronic Data Management machine that produces the molds. The other two key machines used in the process are a Mitsubishi 90C wire EDM and an Agie EDM sinker Sinker
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Since the working capacity of these machines was dependent on the CNC programs, the logical solution to increasing productivity was to decrease the time necessary for developing CNC programs. Engineering creates the design for the various brackets in the CADKey program and then passes the files on to the tooling department.
Until changing to the MIM process, using Pathtrace's DOS-based PAMS PAMS
para-amino salicylic acid. was perfectly acceptable. For example, just in the creation of prototypes, PAMS has reduced the time from 3 weeks to just 3 days. However, by switching from PAMS to Pathtrace's Windows-based EdgeCAM, the tooling department was able to meet the increased production demands.
Other considerable advantages were also realized. EdgeCAM allows true multitasking multitasking
Mode of computer operation in which the computer works on multiple tasks at the same time. A task is a computer program (or part of a program) that can be run as a separate entity. capabilities, which in turn enables a considerable increase in programming productivity. As the application runs in the foreground, it does not affect any others running in the background. Furthermore, each application can run simultaneously in its own window on the screen.
Being modular in construction enabled Ortho Organizers to acquire only the EdgeCAM applications they needed. The company uses the milling module, which includes both on-screen drawing and data importation from 3rd party CAD systems through industry standard translators. Included in the software is a dBase IV and SQL SQL
in full Structured Query Language.
Computer programming language used for retrieving records or parts of records in databases and performing various calculations before displaying the results. compatible tool library.
The learning curve for EdgeCAM was fast too. Likewise, with Windows, many of the CAD/CAM problems of being hardware dependent are no longer critical. Windows offers a hardware neutral layer that standardizes much application software. In turn, swapping data with other programs, such as Windows-based CADKey program, is much easier and faster.
Data created in PAMS is compatible with EdgeCAM, and all PAMS postprocessors will work in EdgeCAM. Other key features of EdgeCAM are:
* A toolbar A row or column of on-screen buttons used to activate functions in the application. Many toolbars are customizable, letting you add and delete buttons as required. Toolbars may be fixed in position or may float, which means they can be dragged to a more convenient location in the that allows a selection of seven standard view ports and one user-defined view port; and
* A verification program, called Verify Life, is a basic verification system that displays a solid 3D model of stock shapes, and then shows a simulated result of the cutting action.
By using Verify Life, Ortho Organizers is able to reproduce the complete NC environment by interactively setting up the stock and fixtures, and then "running" the NC programming as if a real part was actually being machined.
Verify Life is controlled by a single icon, which in turn produces an insert window. The part is properly oriented and the stock is shaded to display the starting condition. A simplified graphic of the tool removes the material quickly. Any violations or collisions are shown in red. The verification program supports dynamic rotation, and has pan and zoom capabilities. It allows sectioning of work-in-progress (WIP WIP Work In Progress
WIP Work in Process
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WIP Work In Place
WIP Wireless Internet Protocol ) models, and removes unwanted chips or stock pieces. The verification process can be performed in the background, or the user can switch it into turbo mode, which basically runs through the process quickly.
While Ortho Organizers offer the standard line of brackets, many orthodontists order custom fittings, hence the need for the increased productivity. The advantage of the MIM process is speed. Parts are injection-molded out of powdered stainless steel, then run through a sintering sintering, process of forming objects from a metal powder by heating the powder at a temperature below its melting point. In the production of small metal objects it is often not practical to cast them. process. The need for CAM is quite obvious. The injection-molded part will shrink during the sintering process. Therefore, the designed part must be enlarged an appropriate percentage in order to compensate for the shrinkage. Without the use of CAM, this process would be extremely difficult, since the product uses compound curves.
EdgeCAM software allows Ortho Organizers to meet these difficult designs.