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Solving the Tool Orientation Problem for Machining Turbopumps

Solving the Tool Orientation Problem for Machining Turbopumps

By Ryan Lussier, CAM Software Product Manager
Jun 22, 2022

Turbopumps pose many challenges when trying to manufacture high quality CNC toolpaths. They are often made of difficult to machine materials such as Inconel, have sharp leading edges, demanding...

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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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Increased Milling Capability and Capacity for Large 5-Axis Impellers

Increased Milling Capability and Capacity for Large 5-Axis Impellers

By Sean McDermott
Aug 30, 2019

Concepts NREC has added two additional Hermle 5-axis mills in our shop, and we’re excited  about the increased capabilities these new machines bring! In August of 2018 we received the  first of these...

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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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Reverse Engineering - Going from Part to Art

Reverse Engineering - Going from Part to Art

By Sharon Wight
Dec 7, 2018

Have you ever needed to know the exact geometry of a compressor that has been running for years in your process plant? Perhaps you need to analyze how it would perform if the process fluid had to be...

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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

Computer-Aided Manufacturing software for turbomachinery generally uses 5-axis milling with some form of collision checking. It is a prerequisite given the expense of the machines, tools and parts...

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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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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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