Customization often starts with the question, “Is there an easier way to do this?” A manufacturer might need to change its clearances on a series of part files by a fraction of an inch. A prototype shop could look to integrate a robotic arm for loading material. A fabrication shop may have to guarantee the alignment of an upcoming order.
The answer frequently is, yes, there is an easier way. External programming known as scripting extends applications in a machine tool’s CAD or CAM with custom capabilities, including new commands, file filters and automation. Scripting also can be used to create stand-alone applications that broaden the possibilities for how a waterjet works as part of a shop floor. IntelliMax software from Omax Corp., Kent, Washington, enables customization through script programming.
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