Efficiently, cost-effectively design and manufacture prototypes and short runs while reducing errors.
3D Systems Cimatron® integrated CAD/CAM software for mold design and manufacturing
- Reduced electrode design and manufacturing time by 70% and automated the process by defining templates.
- Operated milling and EDM machines at full capacity to design and produce 10,000 electrodes per year.
- Eliminated data import errors.
- Accelerated on-boarding time for new employees (8 days of training).
- Maximized return on investment.
VMR GmbH & Co. KG, located in Mönchweiler in southern Germany, has a wide range of machines, from CNC milling and EDM machines; to mill/turn, vacuum, and die-casting machines; to metal and plastic 3D printers. “We focus on prototypes and short runs of up to 10,000 parts,” explains CEO Thomas Viebrans. “We offer our customers a broad range of manufacturing technologies from one provider.” Each day brings different customers and different challenges that require an extremely flexible and efficient CAD/CAM system. With Cimatron, VMR designs and manufactures up to 50 graphite electrodes per day (10,000 per year).
Implementing a Seamless Workflow from Idea to Final Product
VMR has customers in multiple industries including automotive, aerospace, and medical. The company supports the entire process from design and NC programming to production and assembly. VMR also provides customers with customized mold design and optimization.
Since 2000, their tool of choice is Cimatron integrated CAD/CAM software by 3D Systems. Previously, VMR used STRIM 100 and Euclid Styler software for CAD and SolidCAM software for CAM, which frequently caused data translation errors. Viebrans remembers: “We had to reject orders because we couldn’t open the models from customers. In addition, the system wasn’t geared towards toolmaking and the CAM license was really expensive.”
“Last year, our electrode engineers generated geometry and NC programs for 10,000 electrodes, which is about 50 electrodes per day. This is only possible with reliable and extraordinary automation. Cimatron offers exactly that. With Cimatron, we can operate our milling and EDM machines at full capacity.”—Thomas Viebrans, CEO, VMR GmbH & Co. KG
Viebrans adds: “It helps that our engineers have worked as NC programmers, so they know the pitfalls. The 3D models are built in a way that makes CAM easy—at a rate of 50 per day, this is a critical factor.”
“Over the years, 3D Systems has been a really valuable partner,” remembers Viebrans. “The training is excellent and enables our employees to work in Cimatron almost immediately. The cooperation with our sales representative was close, pleasant, and relaxed from the start, which is important as it makes business easier and creates confidence.”
“In our business, speed is crucial”, Viebrans concludes. “Our customers need consistent, high-quality prototypes as fast as possible. To meet these expectations, I need to have trust in our tools; that’s what Cimatron offers me. I would recommend Cimatron to anyone.”