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Corrugated Week/Correxpo

Thursday January 19th, 2023

Industry: Packaging Region: North America Location: Cleveland, OH Dates of Show: 8/28/2023 – 8/30/2023 Booth #: 818 Machines: Kongsberg


How to get a Polished Edge Finish on Acrylic

Thursday February 27th, 2020

Tools and Method for Polished Edge Finish on Acrylic Because of its glasslike transparency; acrylic is typically the material of choice for display applications. Show cases used for displaying products of all types, for example, must have clear, polished edges to provide the maximum clearness and transparency. In addition to torch flame polishing, another method


Celebrating 13,000 Machines Sold

Thursday October 4th, 2018

Celebrate 13,000 Machines With Us! MultiCam is excited to announce that they have officially sold their 13,000th machine since founded in 1989. In order to commemorate this achievement, MultiCam will be regularly documenting the manufacturing process of their 13,000th machine, Celero Digital Cutting System, on this blog post before the machine makes its way to its new


Fuller Moto – Daisy Duke Motorcycle

Tuesday August 7th, 2018

Fuller Moto Motorcycle (Daisy Duke): The “Daisy Duke” is brain child of Bryan Fuller of Fuller Moto and is built from a 2013 Custom KTM Duke 690 frame and has a Single-Cylinder Motor which produces 70 horsepower (69.8 Nm). It has a single-sided swing arm from a Ducati Monster S2R and the rear wheel from a Ducati


Save on a MultiCam CNC Machine with the Section 179 Tax Deduction

Thursday July 5th, 2018

2019 Overview Deduction Limit: $1,000,000 Spending Cap on Equipment Purchases: $2,500,000 Bonus Depreciation: 100% for 2019 What is Section 179? Section 179 is a Tax Code deduction which allows businesses to deduct the full purchase of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the current tax year. How does Section 179 work? Rather than


MultiCam Partners with UNT Engineering

Tuesday May 22nd, 2018

MultiCam had the privilege to sponsor three UNT Mechanical Engineering teams for their 2018 Senior Design Day Projects. Each team was tasked with mechanically improving original designs of MultiCam machines for their Senior Capstone Projects. The three teams are shown below: Team Saturn – Rotary Tool Changer (with the Cover) Team Level Jet – Waterjet Height Sensor Team


Have You Replaced Your Collets and Tool Holders?

Tuesday January 9th, 2018

Collets can be damaged without any visible signs. The most common problem is metal fatigue. An easy way to see if there is metal fatigue is to insert the tool shank into the back of the collet and then try it in the front side. If the tightness is not the same both ways, then


Why You Should Consider CAD/CAM Nesting Software

Wednesday November 29th, 2017

Today, customers need you to take on lower-volume jobs and turn them around in tight time frames, but only with limited resources. What used to be a tall order has now become a standard request. What can you do to meet stiff customer demands? Automate. Though we’re not to the point of pushing a button


When CNC Plasma Cutters Make a Sound Investment

Friday November 24th, 2017

Why would you invest in a CNC plasma cutter machine, and not a CNC laser or waterjet? Every type has its strengths and weaknesses. And these are some of the pros and cons you’ll find with CNC plasma cutters: Low Purchase Cost Plasma cutters, like any other CNC machine type, can have a wide cost


Simple Solutions to 6 CNC Plasma Cutting Mistakes

Sunday November 19th, 2017

Mistakes lead to wasted time and money. A good operator working on a well-maintained CNC plasma cutter saves your company thousands of hours and dollars, and generates you consistent revenue. Good operators know how to avoid the mistakes discussed below, and they should help your inexperienced team members learn how to avoid them too: Using


How MultiCam and the Section 179 Tax Deduction Can Help Your Business

Thursday November 16th, 2017

Are you looking to buy new manufacturing equipment to increase your throughput? Did you know you can buy a MultiCam system and also get HUGE money back from the government on taxes you already paid, while at the same time improving your costs of operation? Well, you’re in luck, thanks to the Section 179 Tax


How to Reduce CNC Routing Costs

Tuesday November 14th, 2017

Your biggest cost driver for any CNC machining project is almost always the time it takes to machine the part. Materials, set-up time, and custom finishes can factor in. But the time it takes to actually route the part typically exceeds these. So with that fact in mind, here’s what you can do to cut


How to Purchase the Perfect CNC Waterjet for Your Shop

Friday November 10th, 2017

Considering a CNC waterjet? They cut steel, aluminum, marble, plastics, foam, PVC, and many other materials just as well as any other CNC machine. They do it fast with high quality, and without doing damage to the environment. For those reasons, they grab the interest of many CNC machine shops. If you’re interested in adding


How to Cut Thick Plate with CNC Plasma Cutter Machine

Sunday November 5th, 2017

The right CNC plasma cutter has no problem cutting through thick plasma plate. However, it can be difficult to do the initial piercing when you first start cutting. Rooster tails look gorgeous in photos because the shower of sparks creates the appearance of something amazing happening. However, shop managers cringe because they know material is


7 Cost-Saving Benefits of CNC Waterjets

Tuesday October 31st, 2017

Why would you get a CNC waterjet? You can get all kinds of different CNC machinery. So if you’re evaluating the different CNC machine types, here’s why you’d consider a CNC waterjet: Cut a Wide Variety of Materials When it comes to cutting versatility, you don’t get any more flexibility than you do with a


How to Choose the Perfect CNC Plasma Machine for Your Shop

Friday October 27th, 2017

CNC plasma cutter machines have become economically viable not just for large businesses, but now for companies of all sizes. Their technology has become advanced enough such that they boost your productivity and slash your production costs at the same time. But to get those results at your shop, you should consider these 10 factors


How to Cut Aluminum with Your CNC Router

Tuesday October 24th, 2017

When you think of CNC routing, usually plastic and wood materials come to mind. But CNC routers also cut aluminum, a weaker metal, quite well. At the same time, you have to watch out for a few things. As you might expect, cutting aluminum has its intricacies (versus wood and plastic). The first to be


How to Cut Better Holes with Your CNC Plasma Cutter

Monday October 23rd, 2017

It’s not easy to cut perfect holes with your CNC plasma cutting cutter. The difficulty becomes greater as the hole diameter gets smaller, and especially so when it shrinks below 1 1/4”. Some companies offer automated solutions to make this process easy and consistent. But you don’t always have access to machinery like that. So


How to Maintain Your CNC Router’s Bit

Wednesday October 18th, 2017

Your CNC router bit has several flutes. The more work you do on the machine, the faster the bit wears out. But with proper and consistent maintenance, you can reduce your maintenance costs, and keep your routing quality high. Here’s what to do: Remove Resin Your router bit will likely have accumulated dust. Blow it


Understanding the Differences Between Hardwood and Softwood

Thursday October 12th, 2017

Every material has unique properties. And once you get into a specific category, you have a number of sub-types. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. And you’ll want to know those so you can make the right selection for the final product your customer wants. Of course, you’ll have your own ins-and-outs as you


4 Ways to Boost the Productivity You Get from CNC Machining

Friday September 29th, 2017

One of the leading benefits CNC machinery offers is increased productivity. However, you also have to use that machinery in the most efficient way possible to get the most productivity from yours. You might be brand new to CNC machining. Or, you might have someone in your shop who is. Sometimes, it can be easy


How to Choose the Right Abrasive for Your CNC Waterjet

Monday September 25th, 2017

Want to get better performance out of your CNC waterjet, and more profitability too? You can do lots of things. For today, we’re going to focus on choosing the right abrasive type and size. How to Start First, you want to examine your material and its cutting specs. You’ll also have to look at how


How You Can Get More Life Out of Your Plasma Consumables

Wednesday September 20th, 2017

Business finances running tighter than you’d like? Don’t have enough cash flow to invest all you want in a new project that could really grow your company? Good companies watch their budget. Great companies analyze every detail and see how it impacts the bottom line. In his famed book, From Good to Great, which studied


The Difference Between Brand-Name and Bargain Consumables

Friday September 15th, 2017

With nearly every purchase you make, whether for your business or as a consumer, you have choices to make. Do you pay a little more for the brand name you know? Or, do you go with the cheaper generic version and save some cash now? You know that typically if you pay less, you don’t


What Top CNC Shops Do Differently To Keep Their Market-Leading Position

Monday September 11th, 2017

Top CNC shops do have secrets to their success. But, they’re not necessarily anything proprietary that you can’t also do. CNC shops which stay at the forefront of their market, whether they’re large or small, implement certain strategies to keep their position. You should work hard, but you have to do so in the smartest


Why Waterjet Cutting Could Make Sense for Your CNC Shop

Friday September 8th, 2017

Evaluating different types of cutting for your CNC machine shop? Why would you choose various types of cutting over others? Today, we’ll give you the benefits of waterjet cutting so you can decide whether it makes sense for your company. Here’s the leading reasons to choose it: Reduce Your Waste Disposal Costs With waterjet cutting,


How to Stay Safe While Using Your CNC Plasma Machine

Wednesday August 16th, 2017

Safety first! An injured worker does your company, and themselves, no good. It’s simply the right and high-integrity thing to do when you look out for your workers’ safety. When they feel you care about them, you’ll also get better productivity and stronger teamwork. If your workers don’t feel like you care, then you set


How to Increase Your CNC Machining Speed

Tuesday August 15th, 2017

Are you sending your own stress through the roof because you’re cutting it way too close with customer production deadlines? Or, are you the type who acts before you can see problems happening so they never actually occur? Everyone in CNC machining wants more speed…without sacrificing quality. So what are some ways you can get


How to Perfectly Maintain Your CNC Waterjet Cutting Machine

Monday August 14th, 2017

Properly maintained machinery always gives you the best performance. So what does your waterjet need from you to do its best job every day? Some CNC shops and operators underestimate what actually needs to be done. And when you do that, you run the risk of inhibiting your productivity. So here’s what you should plan


What to Do When Your CNC Machine Stops Operating

Saturday August 12th, 2017

It’s the worst thing that could possibly happen to you. You’ve optimized your CNC machine, and entire shop, for maximum production efficiency. Everything’s fine-tuned and couldn’t be going better. Then your CNC machine suddenly stops operating. It just sits there, doing nothing. Maybe you were in the middle of production. Or maybe you started the


Simple Steps to Create the Perfect Warm-Up Routine for Your CNC Machine

Wednesday July 26th, 2017

Who’s your favorite athlete? Got it? Whoever they are, they have a warm-up routine to prep for their contest. No athlete waits until the opening buzzer, quick runs onto the court or field, and then dominates everyone. If they did that, they’d risk injury. Or, they wouldn’t perform their best because their muscles aren’t warmed


CNC Machinery Maintenance: Tool Holder and Collet

Friday July 21st, 2017

The collet chuck is the most common alternative to jaw chucks in CNC. It was originally developed to make it easier to machine smaller parts. Collet chucks are designed to work with capacities as large as 6 inches, although they most commonly hold workpiece diameters of 3 inches or less. CNC machinists love them because


What to Consider When Buying a CNC Router

Friday July 14th, 2017

You can use a CNC router to cut just about anything you want – ranging from cabinetry to signs. But the hard part with CNC routers is choosing the right one for your needs. How do you know which one will work for you? Keep these general tips in mind which should form the foundation


Why Choose CNC Machining Over Conventional Machining?

Wednesday July 5th, 2017

Have conventional machines in your CNC shop? Have you wondered what it might be like to replace them with CNC machines? Do you find yourself daydreaming about faster production speeds and higher revenues? What’s been holding you back from making the change? See if some of these advantages of CNC machining don’t finally convince you


An Intro to CNC Machinery

Thursday June 29th, 2017

What is CNC machinery? CNC is an acronym for “Computer Numerical Control.” Essentially, CNC machinery is a computer operated mechanism which precisely cuts or engraves complex shapes in metal, plastic, stone, wood, and a range of various medium types. In order to accurately cut or engrave a design, a programmer must map a numerical code


5 Myths about CNC Machining You Need to Understand

Thursday June 22nd, 2017

Every profession has its myths and misconceptions. CNC machining is no different in that regard. What are some of the most common myths? Find out below: CNC Machining is Easy This one has a little truth. CNC machining can certainly be easy. In fact, the whole concept behind CNC is to make machining parts easier,


3 Ways You Can Increase Your CNC Programming Skills

Thursday June 15th, 2017

Have you ever found anything easy to learn at first? Have you ever easily learned something that seemed to be overwhelmingly difficult for others to grasp? If something comes to you naturally without much effort, that’s a sign you’ve likely found a skill you can turn into a career. CNC programming can seem easy. If


How to Market Your Small CNC Business

Wednesday June 7th, 2017

When you’re small, it’s tough to get noticed. Big-name marketing firms want to charge you big-time prices. And there’s no guarantee what they do works. Smaller firms are unproven. Yeah, they want your business. They need it to survive. But it’s really hard to tell if they can get you results. Their references and success


How to Make Sure You Invest Wisely in a CNC Machine

Wednesday May 31st, 2017

A CNC machine is an “investment,” not an “expense.” If you think of it as a cost, you’re only going to focus on money, and not what the CNC machine can do for your business. The right quality machinery can be a huge asset to your company. You can get jobs done faster with greater


How Will IoT Shape the Future of CNC Machining?

Thursday May 25th, 2017

No one knows exactly how much the Internet of Things will change the future. Cities, like Barcelona, Spain, have used IoT to completely liberate themselves from debt and skyrocket into massive profitability. And the manufacturing industry is ripe for IoT use. Imagine the data coming at you in real-time so you know your exact production


Where Are Your Parameters?

Thursday May 18th, 2017

Notice this isn’t, “What are your parameters?” It’s,“Where are your parameters?” Have you ever tried to restore your CNC machine’s parameters, only to find you never backed them up in the first place? It happens. And it costs you a lot of machine down-time when it does. Controls often need to be re-initialized following a


What is a CNC Waterjet?

Wednesday May 10th, 2017

While cutting material with water may seem far-fetched, it isn’t all that impossible with the help of CNC Waterjet machinery. Utilizing a highly pressurized jet-stream of water, a Waterjet is capable of cutting nearly any material. Combined with computer aided controls, a CNC Waterjet provides superior cuts with exceptional precision. To give you an idea


A Brief Guide to CNC Router Drill Bits

Monday May 1st, 2017

Hooray! You’ve just bought a new CNC router. But, before you slap on some scrap material laying around in your shop or garage, there is a few things you need to know to get the most out of your CNC router bits.   CNC Router Terminology To get started, we compiled a list of routing


Why Are You Considering A New CNC Machine?

Monday April 24th, 2017

Why? It may be the most important question to ask in your business when you consider doing anything new. If you can’t answer,”Why are we doing this?” in a compelling way that supports a good business case for making the change, then you’re probably not making a good change. You may follow that up with,”What


Sign of the Times Contest 2017

Thursday April 20th, 2017

We are pleased to announce three honorees in the 2017 Signs of the Times Sign Contest.         The signs were all fabricated using our MultiCam 3000 Series CNC Router and MultiCam CNC Plasma Cutter. They were designed using EnRoute Pro Software. Each of them were created with 30 lb Precision Board. The


When Do You Actually Need 5-Axis Machining?

Monday April 17th, 2017

Five-axis CNC machining sounds pretty cool. But since you’re practical, you won’t get a CNC machine with that capability unless you need it. When would that be? Check out a few situations: You Have an Unusually-Shaped Workpiece Sometimes, you get production orders that are out of the norm. A customer needs a part that’s not


How to Maximize Your CNC Machining Productivity

Monday April 10th, 2017

There are 8,760 hours in each year. How many of those does your CNC machine spend working? Of course, you can never get it perfect. But most machinists, and shops, miss out on substantial productivity by making mistakes they don’t realize. You can easily take an informal survey that gives you a good idea of


Sign of the Year Award

Wednesday April 5th, 2017

MultiCam would like to congratulate Starfish Signs & Graphics on their Sign of the Year award at this years Signworld Convention in Las Vegas! Starfish Signs & Graphics was honored with three industry awards at the recent Signworld Convention in Las Vegas. Nicolette Betuk received the top award for best sign design, and Dave Werner (along


Do You Use DNC to Maximize Your Efficiency?

Monday April 3rd, 2017

You may have heard DNC called: Direct numerical control Distributed numerical control Downloaded numerical control Whatever the name you know, it all refers to the same thing. It simply refers to the fact that you can network all your CNC machines to a single computer. If you’re a small job shop short on time and


What Causes “Chatter” in Your CNC Router?

Monday March 27th, 2017

It shows up when you inspect your CNC router (you do have a regularly scheduled maintenance routine, don’t you?). It’s not welcome; and it’s hard to find the real cause of it. It gets loud and obnoxious. It ruins your work quality and, it’s just not wise to let it persist once you’re aware of


How to Machine Parts Too Big for Your CNC Machine

Monday March 20th, 2017

You get a unique customer order. They want you to manufacture them a few parts. And one of them is way larger than your CNC machine table can handle. Or, so you think. So what do you tell your customer? Do you say, “Sorry, I can’t help you with that. Here’s the name of someone


How to Budget for Your Next CNC Machine

Monday March 13th, 2017

Good CNC machinery isn’t cheap. You can pay as little as you want. But it’ll cost you in terms of quality and service. You’ll have things breaking down sooner than you’d like. That leads to disruption in production and that costs even more money and time. So, you’re going to have to make your decision


How to Find Your First CNC Machining Customers

Monday March 6th, 2017

Starting any kind of business isn’t easy. It’s the great American ideal – a dream to be a successful entrepreneur. But you never hear about the hard parts. Business can be downright maddening sometimes. So, say you’re considering starting a CNC machining business whether it is sign making or fabrication. You’re either an independent professional,


How to Grow Your CNC Programming Skills

Monday February 20th, 2017

Is anything easy to learn at first? If it is, that’s an indicator you might be learning the right skill for you. Some mistakenly believe learning CNC programming is “easy.” It’s easy to get started and nail the basics. But just like anything else, you can spend a lifetime mastering all the skills and nuances


6 Advantages of CNC Machining Over Conventional Machining

Monday February 13th, 2017

Do you use conventional machines in your personal shop or at your business? They do have some benefits, but so do CNC machines. If you’re considering adding CNC machines to your production processes, here are some reasons you may or may not want to: You Don’t Need Extensive Experience or Skills With conventional machines, you


4 Most Common CNC Machining Problems

Monday February 6th, 2017

Just like most current technological devices, most CNC machine problems are caused by: User error Lack of maintenance So, the majority of issues you run into are within your control. You can do quite a bit to avoid having these problems in the future. Here’s what to look for: If Your Material Has Burns on


Should You Buy New Or Used CNC Machinery?

Tuesday January 31st, 2017

Ultimately, only you can decide whether new or used CNC machinery makes sense for your business. However, this list outlines some of the top factors to consider when making your decision. Here are a few things to think about: What do you want to do with your CNC machine? The main difference between old and


4 CNC Machining Myths and Misunderstandings

Monday January 30th, 2017

How long have you been a CNC machinist? Years? Decades? Are you considering just getting started? Every profession has its facts – and misunderstandings. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the exaggerations and myths out there. Here’s some you may have heard: If You’ve Had Success Running a Job Before, You


4 Tips for Starting and Growing Your Own CNC Business

Tuesday January 24th, 2017

Where’s your CNC shop in its life cycle? Are you a rookie or a seasoned veteran? Do you have one machine or multiple machines that constantly manufacture? Are you a bustling factory with a long list of customers you need to keep happy? Regardless of where you’re manufacturing capabilities are at, you can benefit from


Fabtech 2017

Sunday January 1st, 2017

Industry: Fabrication National / Regional Show: Domestic Location: Chicago, IL Dates of Show: 11/6/17-11/9/17 Booth #: A2841


How to Tell if Your CNC Plasma Machine’s 5 Consumables Are Worn

Monday December 5th, 2016

You bought your CNC plasma cutting machine to make precise cuts on wide range of cuts and to keep your consumable costs low. You want to keep both of those benefits. But when your consumables wear down, you lose your precision cutting ability you’re your consumable costs start to go up. If you’re new to


How to Create the Right Warm-Up Routine for Your CNC Machine

Tuesday November 29th, 2016

Think of your favorite athlete. While you rarely see them warming up on TV, every professional athlete has a warm-up routine they use. If they don’t, they risk injury, and they often don’t perform as well during the contest. Though not human, your CNC machine works the same way and needs a warm-up routine of


Why and When to Warm Up Your CNC Machine

Wednesday November 16th, 2016

Think of your favorite professional athlete. Or, maybe you’re more of a music person. Even though they might be the best in the world at what they do, they both still take the time to warm up. They don’t suddenly run out on the field, the court, or the stage and start playing. They still


3 Ways to Boost Your CNC Machining Speed

Tuesday November 1st, 2016

Do you do your job as fast as you want? Do you struggle to keep up with deadlines and production goals? Or, are you the proactive thinker, always looking for smarter and faster ways to do the job, without sacrificing quality? Whatever the case, you can boost your speed. See if implementing any of these


What Top CNC Machining Shops Do Differently

Monday October 17th, 2016

Some CNC machining shops way outperform others. Only common sense tells you that. But what’s hard to figure out is why. If you knew that, then you could start to modify your CNC machine shop so you become one of the leaders. And it might even inspire your thinking to the point where you find


5 Tips for Using a Slitting Saw Safely and Effectively

Monday October 10th, 2016

Do you know anyone who has had a major accident with a saw of any kind? It’s not something you want to find yourself on the wrong end of. And, with every tool you use, you want to make sure you get the most out of it. You can avoid many mistakes with your slitting


Are You Lagging Behind with a Legacy CNC Machine?

Monday September 19th, 2016

What blue-collar CNC machinist doesn’t like getting a decade, maybe two, out of their CNC machine? You’re hard-working, efficient, and value-conscious. And there’s no better feeling in the world than when you get your money’s worth out of anything, including your CNC machine. But, with how rapidly technology advances, you have to sometimes consider if


Is Your CNC Machine Down? Here’s What You Can Do!

Monday September 12th, 2016

It’s your worst nightmare when running your CNC machine. You’re chugging along, happy with your productivity. Maybe even excited because you know you’re going to have something to good to show your boss. And then your machine stops doing anything. Or, maybe your CNC machine didn’t even start up in the first place. It happens


CNC Machining’s Best Kept Secret: Parametric Programming

Monday August 8th, 2016

Even experienced CNC machinists aren’t always familiar with parametric programming. And those that do know of it, often don’t know how to use it. Once you understand what it is and how it can improve your CNC machining life, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t taken the time to learn it in the past. What Is


Everything You Need to Know to Get Started with Ballscrews

Monday August 1st, 2016

New to CNC machining? You might wonder, like many others, what ballscrews are all about. What is a Ballscrew, and why would you use one? First, take a look at ballscrew theory. Think of this as your introductory college course to ballscrews. Very simply, ball screws transfer rotational motion into linear motion with next to


CNC Machine Modes of Operation

Thursday July 14th, 2016

All right. More CNC machine basics here. Today, we’re discussing the various modes of operation your CNC machine can use. Let’s get right to it: Manual Mode Note that this differs from Manual Data Input (MDI) mode. In manual mode, your CNC machine acts like a standard machine. You can operate it just like you


5 CNC Machining Basics Every Beginner Should Know

Thursday July 7th, 2016

“Fail your way forward” is a common saying among entrepreneurs. And it’s the way many of us learn. Mistakes are okay. But some of the big ones can really cost you. So why not avoid them by reading the tips below, if you’re a beginning CNC machinist: Knowing How to Program A Sequence of Machining


A Quick Introduction to Post Processors

Tuesday June 7th, 2016

You’ve probably heard of “post processors.” But if you’re like most CNC machine operators, it’s kind of a foggy idea. You realize you know the term, but you’re not quite sure about much else. Don’t sweat it! We have you covered. Here’s some introductory info to make sure you know: First, What is a Post


5-Axis Machining: Not As Hard As You Think

Wednesday March 30th, 2016

First, you had X, Y, and Z. That was hard enough. And now you can cut on the A and B axis too. But it can be a little intimidating when you’re just learning 5-axis machining for the first time. Don’t worry though – you have absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Cutting on all


CNC Machinery FAQ: Top 4 Questions about CNC Machinery

Wednesday January 6th, 2016

Whether you own, or are considering buying CNC machinery, you’re probably full of questions about it. Don’t worry. We have you covered. Here’s some of the more common questions we find many customers like you have: Q: We’re strapped for time. Should we consider training? A: Only if you want to dramatically reduce the time


6 Unbreakable Safety Rules for CNC Machinery Safety

Friday October 16th, 2015

Learn what to do, and what not to do, to keep yourself safe when you operate CNC machinery. Computer numerical control (CNC) machines are generally safe. But worker misuse can easily jeopardize their safety. That’s why it’s important for their operators to know exactly what they should – and should not – do. When your


Let’s Talk Texture: A Guide to EnRoute’s Rapid Texture

Friday July 10th, 2015

EnRoute Rapid Texture EnRoute Rapid Texture is a design tool which creates a wide range of interesting surfaces. Rapid Texture can be used for nearly any surface, including simple flat rectangles and relief surfaces. Even though EnRoute has made the Rapid Texture process as simple as a few mouse clicks, they haven’t removed the designer’s part of the process. The


Greasing Your CNC Cutting System

Tuesday April 21st, 2015

We’re always talking about how to maximize the longevity of your CNC machine and consumables. Proper and timely maintenance is of course the easiest way to ensure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck. Just as you would change the oil in your car or use WD40 on a squeaky door, adding grease to your CNC


Pro-Tip: MDF Spoilboards

Thursday April 2nd, 2015

We talk a lot of about MDF spoilboards and sacrificial material, yet we still have customers encountering problems. Lately, we’ve had an increased number of customers call in about a lack of suction on their tables. There are a number of reasons why this could be happening. Perhaps the vacuum pump isn’t working correctly or


Spindle Maintenance: How To Increase Spindle Life

Monday March 16th, 2015

Here is an excellent article by Lindsay Luminoso from the Canadian MetalWorking Magazine, offering expert advice on how to extend spindle life. “Out of sight, out of mind.” When it comes to spindle maintenance, this adage is more common than not. However, when manufacturers take this approach, they can often find themselves with spindle failures that can


EnRoute Workshop Schedule for 2015

Friday February 6th, 2015

To help with your carving and engraving needs, get more hands-on with EnRoute CNC router software and learn more about utilizing this program from SA International in special two-day workshops that will be conducted throughout this year at various locations:     March 5-6: Phoenix, Arizona@ MultiCam Technology Center March 19-20: Atlanta, Georgia@ Madera Arts


Realizable Capacity – How to get the most out of what you already have.

Friday January 16th, 2015

Original Author: Dick Kallage Originally posted in Digital FABRICATOR, January 2015                                                                                        


4 Trends in Woodworking for 2015

Monday December 29th, 2014

Both Cabinet Maker FDM and Woodworking Network have come out with their predictions and trends to be on the lookout for in 2015. Here we present a few of these trends that are of particular interest: Investments in New Technology The president of the Cabinet Makers Association, Matt Krig, is expecting many woodworking shops to finally make the leap


MultiCam Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Friday December 5th, 2014

MultiCam Inc., a leading manufacturing of CNC cutting solutions, is pleased to announce that the end of 2014 will round out its first quarter century of operation. Since opening its doors in December of 1989, MultiCam’s products have become an integral part of the manufacturing industry, advancing technology and value into systems that are highly


The State of Plasma

Tuesday November 18th, 2014

Article from FAB Shop Magazine. In the wake of an economic downturn and recovery, plasma – like the manufacturing industry as a whole  –  needs to change and adapt. To find out what particular challenges the industry’s facing as it seeks to do so, we talked to Hypertherm’s president, Evan Smith. FAB Shop: What’s the


Spindle, Toolholder Hygiene Checklist

Friday November 7th, 2014

Article by Nicholas J. Korfas, found in Shop Metal Tech Magazine 8 Tips to maintain toolholder-machine spindle interface accuracy A minute chip floating in coolant swarf left to dry on a toolholder taper can become a serous interference at the machine tool spindle-toolholder interface. It can go undetected, causing slightly increased cutter runout(TIR) and diminished


This Carpenter’s Spirit Lives On Through His Machine

Friday October 31st, 2014

In 1968, a man by the name of Alejandro de la Cruz Saucedo started a small family wood shop in the town of Jesus Maria, Mexico. With only a handmade circular saw and the premise of “Making Furniture with Conviction”, Alejandro set out to create incredible works of Rococo style furniture characterized by the superior


How To Optimize the Cut Quality of Your CNC WaterJet With SigmaNEST

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

In CNC WaterJet cutting, when we refer to the feedrate, we’re talking about how fast the waterjet moves along the material per minute. The faster the waterjet moves, the more quickly it will cut the material, but with increased taper. The slower the waterjet moves, the slower it will cut, but the edge quality with greatly improve.


6 Reasons Why You Should Add a CNC Machine to Your Workflow [Infographic]

Thursday October 16th, 2014

Looking to add a CNC machine to your workflow? Here’s a few reasons why it will benefit your business workflow and throughput. A CNC machine will lower your labor costs, increase productivity, reduce your scrap rate, and improve consistency, agility and adaptability to complex designs. Take a look at our infographic to get details on


What Are The Key Functions of a Plasma Electrode?

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

With today’s long-life oxygen cutting technology, CNC plasma systems are the most productive, cost effective way to cut carbon steel from gauge to 1 1/4” thickness. But to get the highest performance, operators need to ensure the consumables in the torch are inspected and maintained to high standards. To do that, a good understanding of


What Does Modern Manufacturing Really Look Like?

Thursday October 2nd, 2014

The vast majority of American’s today have a very skewed outlook of what modern manufacturing really is. We often recollect images of rough, down trodden workers slaving away in hot, miserable conditions for hours on end until they are freed by the sound of the whistle. Ask any student today, “Would you rather work for


Why You Should Add a Digital Finishing System to Your Business’s Workflow

Friday September 26th, 2014

All too often print service providers buy equipment based on what they are producing today instead of looking down the road as to what they may be producing in the future. With the ever increasing capabilities of today’s flat-bed and roll printers, the vast array of materials on which graphics can now be printed on


What is the Correct Tool for My Application?

Thursday September 25th, 2014

So you’re looking at a sheet of shiny new material and you’ve got your part all mapped out. Your CNC router is ready to go but there’s one thing missing: the proper tool bit. LMT Onsrud, the makers of high quality CNC router bits, have outlined a series of questions that need to be answered


FridayCutFacts: How to Use a Router to Cut Aluminum for Sign Letter Fabrication.

Friday September 12th, 2014

If you are looking to prevail in the sign industry where flexibility and versatility are necessary for a business to succeed, then adding a reliable CNC router to your workflow is a no-brainer. Whether you are working with wood, foam, or acrylic a CNC router can help generate the superior products that customers envision. But


TuesdayTips: Creating Images with EnRoute Rapid Picture

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

One of the truly unique applications offered by EnRoute software is its Rapid Picture technology. Rapid Picture is an extension of Rapid Texture that allows you to import your favorite photograph as a bitmap image, and apply contours that translate into the contrasting shades of the photograph. Below is a step by step process of


FridayCutFacts: How to Get a Mirror Like Edge Quality When Cutting Acrylic

Friday August 22nd, 2014

When cutting acrylic for applications where the edge will be visible and will need to be either polished or at least very smooth, it’s absolutely imperative that you get the cut right the first time. So, today we put our new 6mm Crown Norge Diamond bit to the test and were blown away by the


Monday’s Make: Fishbone Chair out of 3/4 inch MDF

Monday August 18th, 2014

In anticipation for the upcoming IWF Show in Atlanta this week we decided to test our furniture making skills with this Fishbone Chair design. It is a simple design that can easily be found online or created using your favorite CAD/CAM program. For this project we used our MultiCam 3000 Router to cut 3/4 inch


Halftone Dot Art Sign sample

Friday July 25th, 2014

Happy Friday! We created a bear sign out of dots with our 3000 Series Router and plastic material. There are over 15,000 dots used to create this bear. The process is a bit lengthy, taking about a total of six hours, but it results in a very interesting piece of art. Click on each image


Recreate Wood Railing with our CNC machines

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Hi Everyone, The last post showed you how to create a small fixture table for a router. Today’s post will utilize the fixture to cut walnut to make railing. Bryan Texas Utility had vintage railing that is not found in stores and they needed to update some of the existing wood, so we created some


How to create your own fixture

Friday July 11th, 2014

Happy Friday! Below is the process to create your own fixture table on a MultiCam 3000 Series. Follow the images from left to right to learn the sequence of steps in creating your fixture table. Click on each image to view an enlarged version which will show more detail. We’re sure you’ll find this sequence

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