When choosing a CNC Programming Contractor, you need to ask them these 3 questions to make sure you get the best service.
1. Are they using legitimate, licensed CAD/CAM software to program for your project?
With the threat of bootleg software available online, it is imperative to have a process in place to make sure the contract company is using a legitimate software. Almost all platforms of programming software (Catia, Mastercam, Gibbs, NX, Vericut, Etc.) have illegal versions available. The consequences are extensive. Using these unlicensed versions of the software may result in a security breach, data loss or incompatibility which will, potentially, be harmful in a production environment. Such uses are considered as infringement and any illegal user may be held liable, both under civil and criminal law. If you are in possession of work completed on these unlicensed versions, you too are liable. If the contractor cannot prove the legitimacy of their licenses to you, you and your company are not covered.
2. Do they have experience in multiple-axis machine programming?
As we know, there is a major difference how a tape is written for different machines. If a programmer only has experience programming for a 4-axis machine, they are not going to be as efficient programming on a 5-axis platform (or vice-versa). The efficiency of the machine and run times can make or break the production of a machine shop. Make sure that they have a wide variety of knowledge that perfectly fits your project’s needs. Efficiency can save you a lot of money.
3. Can they provide solutions to the “what-ifs” that may occur on your project?
As you know, changes occur more frequently than we desire in our industry; Engineering changes, tooling/fixture changes, or whatever wrench is thrown at us. Make sure the company you choose can handle the possible unknowns and come up with alternative solutions.
We recommend you do your homework before deciding on what company to partner with, for your CNC Programming needs.
We, at Global Partner Solutions, have the most comprehensive team of highly experienced programmers with multi-axis machine knowledge, machining experience, along with the ability to program for any material from composites to hard metals. We build CAD models, design, and program fixtures/tooling. We are agile and flexible to meet the needs of our customers.
To answer your questions:
- We have the knowledge & experience.
- We have the Licenses.
- We have the agility and flexibility.
- And, we have the backing of the largest OEM’s around.
When you use Global Partner Solutions, you benefit from our vast expertise and you are hedged against the unknowns because we have all the bases covered.
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