MAX-PAC

Turbomachinery CAM Software for Professionals

MAX-PAC™ is used worldwide by turbomachinery manufacturers, job shops, and 5-axis machine-tool manufacturers who are passionate about producing the highest-quality parts.

Manufacturing turbomachinery is challenging. Hard materials, thin blades, tight tolerances, difficult tool access – we’ve been there. And we’ve built MAX-PAC to do the hard work so you don’t have to.

Collision avoidance you can count on

We don’t just solve collision avoidance for individual points. We calculate a safe zone for the entire region, then build the smoothest path through – optimizing machine motion and ensuring a safe toolpath.

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Software Highlights

2020 Release Features

  • Manufacturing turbomachinery components is often a challenge due to hard materials, thin blades, tight tolerances, smooth surface- finish requirements, or difficult tool access. Concepts NREC’s MAX-PAC CAM software was built from the ground up to address these challenges. MAX-PAC enables users to produce high-quality components in less time and at lower cost. Compared to other general CAM tools, MAX-PAC is faster to learn, easier to use, and requires less programming and machining time. Its choice of cutting strategies ensures that each client has a solution tailored to their specific milling requirements. The most important attribute of MAX-PAC, however, is its ability to produce higher-quality turbomachinery components.

    • Specialized for turbomachinery production

    • Easy and fast to learn

    • Supports a broad selection of tool geometries

    • Faster machining times with optimized cutting strategies

    • Smooth 5-axis toolpaths for high-speed milling

    • Collision-free toolpaths for difficult geometries

    • Superior surface finish and tight tolerances using a patented flank- or point-milling approach

    • Produces high-quality parts that don’t require hand finishing or other reworking

     

  • Parts are getting more complicated and manufacturing them can be challenging. MAX-PAC automatically checks the feasibility of machining your part as soon as you program in the tool, holder and geometry. Our patented collision avoidance algorithm quickly determines a smooth, safe trajectory for both the tool and holder through the pocket, or gives a warning if one can’t be found. This saves you time and money by avoiding a lot of simulations and/or test cutting.  

    Other CAM systems use individual points based on the part's geometry to create a collision-free toolpath.  MAX-PAC calculates an entire collision free zone and then determines the smoothest path through that zone to produce the best part in the shortest amount of time. This approach also enables MAX-PAC to machine parts other software can't. 

    Other CAM systems use an approach that results in a "jerky" motion as seen here. Note how the tool flip-flops around the lead and trail edges:

    MAX-PAC's approach results in a much smoother machine motion, especially as the tool goes around the lead and trail edges:

    For example, we have a large OEM customer who was trying to machine an impeller. The software they were using at the time could not find a toolpath that would enable them to manufacture the part as designed. After months of trying, they approached Concepts NREC with their problem. We were able to deliver a workable toolpath the next day. Needless to say, the customer switched software! 

Manufacturing turbomachinery components is often a challenge due to hard materials, thin blades, tight tolerances, smooth surface- finish requirements, or difficult tool access. Concepts NREC’s MAX-PAC CAM software was built from the ground up to address these challenges. MAX-PAC enables users to produce high-quality components in less time and at lower cost. Compared to other general CAM tools, MAX-PAC is faster to learn, easier to use, and requires less programming and machining time. Its choice of cutting strategies ensures that each client has a solution tailored to their specific milling requirements. The most important attribute of MAX-PAC, however, is its ability to produce higher-quality turbomachinery components.

  • Specialized for turbomachinery production

  • Easy and fast to learn

  • Supports a broad selection of tool geometries

  • Faster machining times with optimized cutting strategies

  • Smooth 5-axis toolpaths for high-speed milling

  • Collision-free toolpaths for difficult geometries

  • Superior surface finish and tight tolerances using a patented flank- or point-milling approach

  • Produces high-quality parts that don’t require hand finishing or other reworking

 

Parts are getting more complicated and manufacturing them can be challenging. MAX-PAC automatically checks the feasibility of machining your part as soon as you program in the tool, holder and geometry. Our patented collision avoidance algorithm quickly determines a smooth, safe trajectory for both the tool and holder through the pocket, or gives a warning if one can’t be found. This saves you time and money by avoiding a lot of simulations and/or test cutting.  

Other CAM systems use individual points based on the part's geometry to create a collision-free toolpath.  MAX-PAC calculates an entire collision free zone and then determines the smoothest path through that zone to produce the best part in the shortest amount of time. This approach also enables MAX-PAC to machine parts other software can't. 

Other CAM systems use an approach that results in a "jerky" motion as seen here. Note how the tool flip-flops around the lead and trail edges:

MAX-PAC's approach results in a much smoother machine motion, especially as the tool goes around the lead and trail edges:

For example, we have a large OEM customer who was trying to machine an impeller. The software they were using at the time could not find a toolpath that would enable them to manufacture the part as designed. After months of trying, they approached Concepts NREC with their problem. We were able to deliver a workable toolpath the next day. Needless to say, the customer switched software! 

Better, Faster, Cheaper

Manufacturing turbomachinery components is often a challenge due to hard materials, thin blades, tight tolerances, smooth surface- finish requirements, or difficult tool access. Concepts NREC’s MAX-PAC CAM software was built from the ground up to address these challenges. MAX-PAC enables users to produce high-quality components in less time and at lower cost. Compared to other general CAM tools, MAX-PAC is faster to learn, easier to use, and requires less programming and machining time. Its choice of cutting strategies ensures that each client has a solution tailored to their specific milling requirements. The most important attribute of MAX-PAC, however, is its ability to produce higher-quality turbomachinery components.

MAX-PAC Advantages

  • Specialized for turbomachinery production

  • Easy and fast to learn

  • Supports a broad selection of tool geometries

  • Faster machining times with optimized cutting strategies

  • Smooth 5-axis toolpaths for high-speed milling

  • Collision-free toolpaths for difficult geometries

  • Superior surface finish and tight tolerances using a patented flank- or point-milling approach

  • Produces high-quality parts that don’t require hand finishing or other reworking

 

Collision Avoidance

Parts are getting more complicated and manufacturing them can be challenging. MAX-PAC automatically checks the feasibility of machining your part as soon as you program in the tool, holder and geometry. Our patented collision avoidance algorithm quickly determines a smooth, safe trajectory for both the tool and holder through the pocket, or gives a warning if one can’t be found. This saves you time and money by avoiding a lot of simulations and/or test cutting.  

Other CAM systems use individual points based on the part's geometry to create a collision-free toolpath.  MAX-PAC calculates an entire collision free zone and then determines the smoothest path through that zone to produce the best part in the shortest amount of time. This approach also enables MAX-PAC to machine parts other software can't. 

Other CAM systems use an approach that results in a "jerky" motion as seen here. Note how the tool flip-flops around the lead and trail edges:

MAX-PAC's approach results in a much smoother machine motion, especially as the tool goes around the lead and trail edges:

For example, we have a large OEM customer who was trying to machine an impeller. The software they were using at the time could not find a toolpath that would enable them to manufacture the part as designed. After months of trying, they approached Concepts NREC with their problem. We were able to deliver a workable toolpath the next day. Needless to say, the customer switched software! 

Reliable machine motion that is always smooth

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Other CAM systems use an approach that results in irregular motion. Note how the tool flip-flops around the edges.

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MAX-PAC’s approach results in much smoother machine motion, especially as the tool goes around the edges.

Solutions for every type of turbomachinery geometry

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Mirror finish. Lightning fast.

Our flank milling solution automatically minimizes surface deviations then gives you the control to fine tune and balance machine motion and accuracy. Designed for use with ruled surface geometries but can also be used to reduce cycle times on all designs when specifications allow it.

More twist. Still smooth.

For more flexibility, our point milling option lets you accurately machine any blade surface. Ideal for blisks and high-twist geometry.

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All your tool access problems – solved.

Integrally shrouded parts are often the most challenging to find tool access. If there is a solution, we will find it. Use box passes for roughing and streamlines for finishing.

Fewer passes. No reversals.

When milling single blades and vanes, don’t limit yourself to ball end mills. Take advantage of larger step-overs and reduced cycle times by using corner radius endmills and barrel cutters. Use vector smoothing to improve quality by eliminating rotary reversals.

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Remove material quickly.

Rigidity is your friend – especially for roughing operations. Find balance between the flexibility of multi-axis machining and the rigidity of a 3-axis set-up.

All confidence. No Surprises.

Validate programs before you’re at the machine. Simulate material removal and machine motion. Maximize machine utilization and eliminate surprises.

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MAX-PAC Add-On Modules

MAX-PAC offers several different add-on modules that are focused on specific milling needs. You can purchase any combination of modules to meet your specific machining requirements.

MAX-PAC Add-On Modules

MAX-PAC offers several different add-on modules that are focused on specific milling needs. You can purchase any combination of modules to meet your specific machining requirements.
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MAX-5 –Flank Milling
MAX-AB_med
MAX-AB – Point Milling
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MAX-SI - Integral Shroud Milling
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MAX-SB – Single Blade Milling

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... we needed the best CAM software available. 

I noticed that blades were always better when produced with Concepts NREC software ... I was surprised at how intuitive it was.

... a lot of our customers were creating their blade geometry using Concepts NREC’s CAE software. This makes for a seamless transition to the CAM software helping to ensure the original design intent.

Here at Kinner Manufacturing, we think that MAX-PAC is the best solution to the unique challenges of 5-axis machining of bladed components.

Ray Kinner,  Owner, Kinner Manufacturing

I have found MAX-PAC by Concepts NREC to be an exceptionally powerful and yet easy to use CAM software for demonstrating our MAZAK 5-axis machines.   

I needed something easy to learn yet powerful enough to make it look easy and MAX-PAC fit the bill perfectly.  

MAX-PAC does everything for me, it helps me spec the correct tool form, it provides optimized and easily adjustable 5-axis toolpaths for both rough and finish and it provides simulated toolpaths.  

Robin Cave, Applications Engineer, Mazak Corporation

We often receive complex customer designs for turbomachinery manufacturing evaluations.

We trust the methodologies in MAX-PAC to quickly identify a robust working model for accurate and efficient toolpaths that meet our customer expectations.

Chris Davala, Principal Engineer

" Kinner Manufacturing was founded in 2007 with the goal to deliver the highest-quality bladed parts to our customers. To deliver on that goal, we needed the best CAM software available. As a machinist, I had worked with many CAM systems. I noticed that blades were always better when produced with Concepts NREC software, so we called them to set up a demo. Having never actually used the software to create a design, I was surprised at how intuitive it was. We decided to go with MAX-PAC™ and we were trained and creating programs right away.

As we grew, we noticed that a lot of our customers were creating their blade geometry using Concepts NREC’s CAE software. This makes for a seamless transition to the CAM software helping to ensure the original design intent. Having a suite of software that spans the whole process eliminates some of the issues that can happen when designs are switched between different programs.

Here at Kinner Manufacturing, we think that MAX-PAC is the best solution to the unique challenges of 5-axis machining of bladed components."

Ray Kinner,  Owner