3-D CNC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

3-D CNC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

This article is a reprint of an original article posted by the Hutchinson Leader. View the original article here.

When Bob Malone and Randy Dague established 3-D CNC 25 years ago as a two-man operation in an office little bigger than a closet, they really didn’t have a vision of the future that showed them employing almost 30 people in a 14,000-square-foot building. But that is where they are today.

3-D CNC Inc. (the letters CNC represent computer numerical control) is celebrating 25 years as a precision manufacturer this year. Malone and Dague teamed up because they saw a niche in the manufacturing industry using the latest technologies. The original focus of the business was the sales, support and training of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software.

3-D CNC today is a precision technology manufacturer specializing in precision tooling, wire EDM services, close tolerance component parts, automated manufacturing equipment, and prototypes. It serves customers in the computer, medical, electronic, aerospace and industrial equipment industries.

“We started with programming for CAD/CAM for early PC use in the tool and die industry,” Dague said this past week. One of their first pieces of equipment was a used $75 tape winder for punched tapes that ran machines. They delivered punched tapes that customers used to run their machines. Later, they helped companies hook computers directly to machines.

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Low Volume Production Runs

Low Volume Production Runs

3-D CNC, Inc. has a new promotional video specifically focusing on our ability to manufacture low volume stamping parts.

By using our alternative process we can meet your needs without the cost of expensive tooling for your low volume parts.

The benefits of our process are cost effective prototypes, rapid engineering changes with shorter lead times, and lower volume production runs.

 

Make us your choice for precision CNC, Prototype Machining, Precision Tooling, EDM Precision and Manufacturing solutions. Call us at (320) 587-5923 or request a quote online.
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Marketing Campaign with SMSU

Marketing Campaign with SMSU

As mentioned in our July Newsletter we have partnered with Southwest Minnesota State University to develop a new marketing campaign. We are privileged to put our heads together with these experienced staff members and students. If you have not noticed, thanks to SMSU, we have developed a cutting edge new logo, and incorporated it wherever possible. Also we have completed a mailing campaign to increase our reach into the market. This would not have been possible without the help of the Small Business Job Act.

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Improving Quality, Capacity & Pricing

Improving Quality, Capacity & Pricing

3-D CNC has recently acquired a 2012 HAAS VF-2SS Vertical Machine Center.

This machine is equipped with through the spindle coolant, and super speed rapid traverse.

Our new machine is one of many improvements that we have made to increase productivity and total capacity.

CAMWorks VoluMILL has been implemented, which is a CAM software enhancement that enables deeper axial depths of cuts and higher feed rates. This investment was essential to shorten our lead times and maintain competitive pricing.

In response to increased customer demand 3-D CNC has increased our staff to include two more highly skilled machinists. These individuals will join our team by training in the Quality Control Lab and learning the importance of our commitment to quality.

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uniPoint Management Software

uniPoint Management Software

 

3-D CNC, Inc. recently incorporated uniPoint Management Software. uniPoint is a quality management software that will improve many of the already great attributes that we possess. uniPoint is integrated with JobBOSS, our manufacturing resource planning software.

With uniPoint in place all NC (non-conformance) forms and CPA ( corrective preventive actions) forms will become paperless. This will speed up time and enhance communication between the different processes. Communication between shifts will also improve because employees will receive notices of non-conformance, and will have the ability to monitor corrective preventive actions . uniPoint will also improve tool calibration and maintenance by keeping on time records to assure quality manufacturing.

Contact www.unipointsoftware.com or www.exactamerica.com for more information on either managment software.

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Modern Machine Shop, July 2011

Modern Machine Shop, July 2011

Modern Machine Shop posted an article in July of 2011 talking about 3-D CNC, Inc. and our ability to produce intricate parts with tight tolerances.

"For this precision manufacturer, keeping inspections cost-effective required a system that could provide both high accuracy and reduced measuring times. The Prismo navigator CMM from Zeiss delivered both, along with additional, unexpected benefits."

Read the whole article here!

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New Zeiss CMM Arrives

New Zeiss CMM Arrives

3-D CNC, Inc. announces the acquisition of a new Zeiss Prismo Navigator S-ACC coordinate measuring machine. Software included in the purchase is the Calypso package with Calypso Curve and HOLOS-NT supporting software packages.{showhide +params}

The system is a higher end measurement machine with accuracy of with in plus or minus .00002". The measurement envelope includes an X range of 27.6", a Y range of 35.4", and a Z range of 19.7".

Ken Wraspir, 3-D CNC Quality Manager stated, "The Zeiss system adds a new measurement element that best supports our current customer base and all future 3-D CNC customers."

The system will compliment current 3-D CNC quality inspection options by offering a highly accurate, fast and efficient three-dimensional measurement tool.

The system is now available as a value added service to our customers. Feel free to contact any 3-D CNC representative to find out more about this exciting new service or to answer any technical questions about the system.{/showhide}

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New Agie, Agiecut Progress V2 WEDM Machine

New Agie, Agiecut Progress V2 WEDM Machine

Complimenting the Agie, Agiecut Vertex 2F WEDM machine purchased in late 2006, is the Agie, Agiecut Progress V2 WEDM machine acquired in early 2007. The two machines provide 3-D CNC, Inc. with the next generation of high-end WEDM precision technology. The Vertex 2F offers unmatched accuracy and surface finish with exceptional cutting speeds while the Progress V2 offers nearly comparable accuracy and surface finish with double the cutting speed of the Vertex 2F. {showhide +params}

The Progress V2 is considered the high-end work horse of the three Charmilles WEDM machines and the two Agie WEDM machines at 3-D CNC, Inc. The machine cuts at an amazing 47 square inches per hour making it ideal for precision production type work. Wire size can go down to .003" diameter. A big time saver for the operator is he/she does not have to change wire guides when switching wire sizes in the machine. Surface finishes in the 5 to 6 RMS range can be achieved on a consistent basis.

Important time saving features found on both Agie machines include: A user friendly Windows XP based controller combined with an IPG-V digital power supply, advanced wire off-set which aides in tipping the cutting wire during the cutting process to compensate for irregular material erosion producing precise tolerance and cylindricity control, wire bend control producing smoother radius transitions on smaller part radius cutting, and probing capabilities to probe the top surface of a part to adjust the cutting wire perpendicular to part datum features.

3-D CNC, Inc. can now offer customers a variety of unique high-end precision technology WEDM capabilities. The wire EDM department at 3-D CNC, Inc. runs week days 24-hours per day and offers a week-end shift to minimize lead times.

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3-D CNC breaks ground in Hutchinson Industrial Park.

3-D CNC breaks ground in Hutchinson Industrial Park.

3-D CNC, Inc a machine tool and die manufacturer broke ground in the Hutchinson Industrial Park last week and plans are to have a new 6,000 square-foot plane operational by December 15 of this year, according to Randy Daque, Company CEO.

The new facility is expected to be four times the size of the company's current facility located at 106 Erie Street in Hutchinson.

The company began operations by incorporating on June 5, 1989. The two stockholders, Randy Dague and Robert Malone opened the business with the hoe of finding a niche in the computer numerical control of machine tool and die making and manufacturing.

The company's goal is to supply manufacturers with high quality, quick turn-around, precision tooling prototypes and short-run production. Specializing in three dimensional machining and four axis wire EDM.

The Hutchinson Community Development Corp has been working with 3-D CNC representatives for several months on the possibility of relocating to the Industrial Park.

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