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    Racing specialist stays ahead with iMachining

    • By MTDCNC
    • March 23, 2021
    • 3 minute read

    Machining parts to precise specifications is imperative in race cars. It was therefore no surprise that Cambridgeshire based race car specialist, CTR Developments, who are heavily involved with Tier one manufacturers, sought out a CAM system that would enable them to meet customers’ demand for the highest precision and machining quality. As a result, CTR chose SolidCAM and its iMachining.

    Dr Matthew Chamberlain, Company Secretary at CTR Developments says of iMachining: “I am not a machinist, I have never been formally trained, but I wanted to take control over the bits and pieces we were sending out to be manufactured. The one-button-click, to calculate 3D roughing cutting paths was a revelation! It just worked! The surface finish we get on the 2D finishing passes from iMachining are also better.”

    Dr Chamberlain continues: “We don’t run our machine hard and are not interested really in time savings, but the life on the tools is important and I know it has saved a good number of accidents! Although we have seen a significant reduction in time compared to how we used to machine, it’s all about quality for us.”

    However, having the reduction in machining time, means that CTR Developments can get a prototype to their customers before they commit to expensive tooling, so although not at the forefront of importance, time savings is still an important factor.

    Materials used by CTR Developments include the hard alloy, Aluminium 7075 T6 and the company uses a Hurco VM10i, and mostly AluPower cutters for parts such as suspension uprights and Steering wheels.  

    CTR Developments have experience in virtually all classes of motorsport from Formula 1 downwards, and can design anything from a sump tank to a complete chassis, and their experience with the Porsche Flat 6 engine makes them the builder of choice for these engines. Using iMachining, means they will have zero air cuts when machining their parts, as toolpaths are driven by dynamically updated 3D model of stock and this is precisely updated after each short segment of tool movement. 

    “With SolidCAM, I am always using iMachining as much as I can! It’s simple! The iMachining module has saved us money, and SolidCAM UK are always more than happy to go the extra mile when I ring up with questions. They have never left me hanging, even over the holiday period,” explains Dr Chamberlain.

    iMachining’s Technology Wizard generates automatic optimal feeds and speeds eliminating trial and error to find the optimal machine settings, keeping the tool at maximum efficiency. 

    “We don’t have to specify any feeds or speeds, it just calculates it all by itself. It’s made all the difference as it takes away the human error risk, even if you have perfect cutting parameters for the given tool and material,” confirms Dr Chamberlain.  

    With over 40 years design experience, SolidWorks premium is CTR Developments’ CAD system of choice. Therefore, it was a no brainer for them to invest in a CAM solution that ran directly within their existing SolidWorks, providing seamless integration and full tool path associativity, with an extremely short learning curve due to the familiar environment. 

    “The full integration of SolidCAM into SolidWorks just made everything easy; no intermediate file types, auto model update, and it ‘feels’ comfortable, as we have been using SolidWorks for 15 years now. So, it’s not a new interface to learn, which meant we were up and running faster and less likely to make geometry errors,” concludes Dr Matthew Chamberlain.

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    Racing specialist stays ahead with iMachining

    Machining parts to precise specifications is imperative in race cars. It was therefore no surprise that Cambridgeshire based race car specialist, CTR Developments, who are heavily involved with Tier one manufacturers, sought out a CAM system that would enable them to meet customers’ demand for the highest precision and machining quality. As a result, CTR chose SolidCAM and its iMachining.

    Dr Matthew Chamberlain, Company Secretary at CTR Developments says of iMachining: “I am not a machinist, I have never been formally trained, but I wanted to take control over the bits and pieces we were sending out to be manufactured. The one-button-click, to calculate 3D roughing cutting paths was a revelation! It just worked! The surface finish we get on the 2D finishing passes from iMachining are also better.”

    Dr Chamberlain continues: “We don’t run our machine hard and are not interested really in time savings, but the life on the tools is important and I know it has saved a good number of accidents! Although we have seen a significant reduction in time compared to how we used to machine, it’s all about quality for us.”

    However, having the reduction in machining time, means that CTR Developments can get a prototype to their customers before they commit to expensive tooling, so although not at the forefront of importance, time savings is still an important factor.

    Materials used by CTR Developments include the hard alloy, Aluminium 7075 T6 and the company uses a Hurco VM10i, and mostly AluPower cutters for parts such as suspension uprights and Steering wheels.  

    CTR Developments have experience in virtually all classes of motorsport from Formula 1 downwards, and can design anything from a sump tank to a complete chassis, and their experience with the Porsche Flat 6 engine makes them the builder of choice for these engines. Using iMachining, means they will have zero air cuts when machining their parts, as toolpaths are driven by dynamically updated 3D model of stock and this is precisely updated after each short segment of tool movement. 

    “With SolidCAM, I am always using iMachining as much as I can! It’s simple! The iMachining module has saved us money, and SolidCAM UK are always more than happy to go the extra mile when I ring up with questions. They have never left me hanging, even over the holiday period,” explains Dr Chamberlain.

    iMachining’s Technology Wizard generates automatic optimal feeds and speeds eliminating trial and error to find the optimal machine settings, keeping the tool at maximum efficiency. 

    “We don’t have to specify any feeds or speeds, it just calculates it all by itself. It’s made all the difference as it takes away the human error risk, even if you have perfect cutting parameters for the given tool and material,” confirms Dr Chamberlain.  

    With over 40 years design experience, SolidWorks premium is CTR Developments’ CAD system of choice. Therefore, it was a no brainer for them to invest in a CAM solution that ran directly within their existing SolidWorks, providing seamless integration and full tool path associativity, with an extremely short learning curve due to the familiar environment. 

    “The full integration of SolidCAM into SolidWorks just made everything easy; no intermediate file types, auto model update, and it ‘feels’ comfortable, as we have been using SolidWorks for 15 years now. So, it’s not a new interface to learn, which meant we were up and running faster and less likely to make geometry errors,” concludes Dr Matthew Chamberlain.