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What Are the 5 Axes in 5 Axis Machining?

What Are the 5 Axes in 5 Axis Machining?

By Christos Maninos, CAM Application Engineer & Peter Klein, Director, CAM Software
Aug 13, 2021

What is 5 axis machining? In short, it is manufacturing a component on a CNC milling machine that can travel in 5 different directions. These machines allow the cutting tool to reach around parts...

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Accelerating a Career in Turbomachinery CAM and Manufacturing Solutions During a Pandemic

Accelerating a Career in Turbomachinery CAM and Manufacturing Solutions During a Pandemic

By Kate Guerrina, Marketing Manager
Dec 4, 2020

The global health crisis has presented business and industry with uncertainties we could not have anticipated. Here at Concepts NREC, we've worked hard to adapt for the health and safety of our...

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Designing Ruled Surfaces for Flank Milling

Designing Ruled Surfaces for Flank Milling

By Peter Klein
Mar 15, 2019

As discussed in my previous blog post, Flank Milling, How Hard Can it Be?, turbomachinery blades are commonly designed as ruled surfaces, with the goal of making manufacturing easier and faster with...

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7 Turbomachinery Themed Valentine’s Day Cards – Which is Your Favorite?

7 Turbomachinery Themed Valentine’s Day Cards – Which is Your Favorite?

By Barbara Shea
Feb 8, 2019

Valentine’s Day is February 14, and while some cynics refer to it as a “Hallmark holiday”, most people commemorate the day in some way. One of the biggest challenges is finding a card that perfectly...

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Flank Milling - How Hard Can It Be?

Flank Milling - How Hard Can It Be?

By Peter Klein
Jan 4, 2019

 When designing compressors, engineers often use ruled-surface blades with the goal of making a shape that’s easily manufactured on a 5-axis machine.  Theses blades can be quickly machined in one...

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20 Great Gifts for Engineers from $10 to $2 Million

20 Great Gifts for Engineers from $10 to $2 Million

By Barbara Shea
Nov 23, 2018

Gifts for Engineers can usually be segmented into a few categories: Things you have to put together, science fiction, gaming, new technology, and witty phrases printed on stuff. A Google search of...

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Designing Turbomachinery is like Solving a Rubik's Cube

Designing Turbomachinery is like Solving a Rubik's Cube

By Barbara Shea
Sep 21, 2018

I think we can all agree that designing turbomachinery is hard. There are just so many moving parts (pun intended) in the design process, and they are all interconnected.  When you change the blade...

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Are You a Smooth Operator? Different Approaches to Collision Avoidance in CAM Software

Are You a Smooth Operator? Different Approaches to Collision Avoidance in CAM Software

By Peter Klein
Aug 9, 2018

 

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How Our Shop Slashed Their Roughing Time in Half

How Our Shop Slashed Their Roughing Time in Half

By Christos Maninos
Feb 22, 2018

The guiding principle behind Concepts NREC’s Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, MAX-PAC, is to simplify the task of creating efficient milling toolpaths for turbomachinery. Since we are...

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Why You Need CAE & CAM Software Specialized for Turbomachinery

Why You Need CAE & CAM Software Specialized for Turbomachinery

By Dr. Peter Weitzman
Feb 2, 2018

Concepts NREC just had its most successful year ever in software sales. Why? It really comes down to two things, the first is our team, we have some incredibly talented people developing our software...

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Robot Engineers?

Robot Engineers?

By Barbara Shea
Dec 14, 2017

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the profession that is creating all the robots was eventually replaced by them? It could happen. Engineering is all about applying laws, measurements, facts, and analysis to...

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Where Does CAD fit in the CAE Process for Turbomachinery?

Where Does CAD fit in the CAE Process for Turbomachinery?

By Dr. Peter Weitzman
Sep 7, 2017

A common struggle for mechanical engineers using Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools is the time-consuming process of moving geometry between the CAE system and Computer Aided Design (CAD)...

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Shrouded or Open Impellers for Compressor Chillers - That is the Question

Shrouded or Open Impellers for Compressor Chillers - That is the Question

By Steve Kohr
Aug 2, 2017

One of the most important design choices facing a chiller compressor designer is whether to utilize open or shrouded impellers. The impacts of this verdict are wide ranging, which arguably makes this...

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Improving the Efficiency of Supercritical CO2 Power Systems

Improving the Efficiency of Supercritical CO2 Power Systems

By Francis A. Di Bella, P.E.
Apr 27, 2017

The contemporary gas turbine engine, developed in the 1940’s by Sir Frank Whittle (pictured), is still considered to be among the most efficient, external combustion engines. Today, there is a...

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Design Elements that Affect Machining Time in Turbomachinery

Design Elements that Affect Machining Time in Turbomachinery

By Mark R. Anderson
Mar 9, 2017

The primary options for laying out an impeller (i.e. flank milled versus point milled, open versus covered impellers, integral versus welded shrouds) determine the basic manufacturing process (see ...

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Manufacturing Methods Used for Turbomachinery

Manufacturing Methods Used for Turbomachinery

By Mark R. Anderson
Feb 22, 2017

There are two dominant manufacturing methods used to produce turbomachinery parts – Casting and 5-axis machining. This blog will explore some of the applications and restrictions of these two methods.

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Didn't Make it to ASME Turbo Expo in Seoul? Here are our papers you missed.

Didn't Make it to ASME Turbo Expo in Seoul? Here are our papers you missed.

By Barbara Shea
Jan 10, 2017

ASME’s Turbo Expo technical conference is THE industry event for bringing together experts from around the world to talk about the latest innovations in turbine technology.  Last year’s event in...

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