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One Model – Many Programs!

It is more and more common to have multiple machine manufactures in one shop. When all programming was done ‘at the machine console’ the only thing we needed to do was give each programmer the same paper drawing.

Today, we do much of the programming ‘in the office’ using common tools and it can be a challenge to keep programs for each machine separate, machine specific and accurate.

The link between the model and the programs is key to multiple programs, whether for different versions or for different machines. ONGAA CAM uses both the part name AND the configuration name to identify a specific program. Each configuration gets its own program.

When you have both a HOMAG and a BIESSE or HOLZHER machines and want a programs for each, simply create a Solidworks configuration with a name like HG or HOMAG etc. Make this configuration active (show configuration) and create … Read the rest

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Low Vacuum got your parts moving around?

Vacuum loss while machining is a real problem. Vacuum drops with each pierce and cut. Since the coefficient of friction is based on the area of the part, smaller parts are the most affected. Unfortunately, the lateral force applied only varies by material and feed so what was ok for large parts may not work at all for small parts.

Step one is to ensure that there are no machine vacuum leaks and than the spoilboard edges are seals etc. Here are several strategies that will help with the movement problem. Two of these strategies try to conserver vacuum for when it needed most and the third reduced the force feed.

Option 1: Conserve vacuum by not cutting through the material.

Leave an ‘onion skin’ to reduce the amount of air passing through the spoilboard. Parts hold more firmly. Two passed are required to fully cut the parts. The … Read the rest

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NC-HOPS is here!

ONGAA CAM for Holzer (or any NC-HOPS machine) is available.

The initial release provides all the basic operations, V Drill, H Drill, V Mill, V Saw and V Pocket. Horizontal operations are included in the next phase and will include H Mill and H Pocket.

ONGAA CAM Nest is available now.

The final phase will be to include all A+C axis functions; Drill, Mill, Pocket and Saw. … Read the rest

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PNX_ABD_MPR

PNX File Export

New with ONGAA CAM – for Homag, V 1.3.44 is the PNX file export capability during Nesting and Assembly level MPR generation.

PNX files are intended for integrating Panel Saw Optimization with CutRite / MagiCut.

As stated in the PNX format specification, the file contains the following fields with comma separators:

  • Part Code
  • Material Code
  • Length
  • Width
  • Quantity
  • % Over
  • % Under
  • Grain
  • EdgeCode
  • L1 Edgeband
  • L2 Edgeband
  • W1 Edgeband
  • W2 Edgeband
  • InfoBox1
  • InfoBox2
  • InfoBox3
  • InfoBox4

Fields from L1 Edgeband to InfoBox4 are filled from Solidworks Custom properties, where all other fields are filled from ONGAA CAM data properties.

The actual format including which fields to shown is configurable (order and whether shown or not) which allows ONGAA CAM to integrate with other applications / process streams using only one format.

The intended usage is as follows: 

A model is created in Solidworks where some parts are to be machined … Read the rest

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ONGAA CAM – G-Code Released

The latest version of ONGAA CAM specifically designed for G-Code driven machines has been released.

Vertical Drilling, Vertical Milling and Vertical Pockets provide the functionality required by most for wood panel machining.

In addition, Nesting makes the process of panel machine complete, with both assembly based and batch based nesting.

4 sheet layout view

Labels can be created for automated placement as well as manually placement.

An standalone G-Code visualization tool allows you to preview both individual parts and nested sheets before machining.

Gcode visualization

Currently released:

Syntec Controller
Fanuc OM

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DrillTeq V/H/D Dowelling

New with the HOMAG DrillTeq H/V/D series machine come a new version of WoodWOP to support a new instruction. ‘Insert Dowel’.

WoodWOP 7.2 introduced a new instruction which expands the control of the dowel insertion operation.

ONGAA CAM now also fully supports this new <192 / Dowel insertion instruction in its MPR generation. This includes not only the creation of the <192 process over the creation of 2 separate drill and insert processes (ABD_ENU replacement) but also includes the setting of ‘Side variables’ to ensure correct part placement.

ONGAA CAM can generate all ‘Dowel Insertions’ on 2 sides of a part at the same time.

Single ONGAA CAM Process for dowels on opposite sides
Solidworks part – Opposite faces selected with ‘All-Holes-On-face’ function

With the single process ONGAA CAM will produce 8 Dowel process for the machine.

WoodWOP 7.2 – * Dowel processes

Dowelling could not get easier !… Read the rest

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ONGAA CAM – for G-Code based machines

Development and testing are currently underway on the latest addition to the ONGAA CAM line up. ONGAA CAM for G-code will be able to create .nc .gcode style programs for machines such as Thermwood, AXYZ , Anderson and NANXING (SYNTEC).

The same, easy to use, intuitive interface is used. Adding machining processes is simple selecting a process type, selecting the edges that define it and picking the tool (if needed).

The primary release will be provide 3 axis machining suitable for nesting table as well as pod & rail machines and will also provide the ONGAA CAM nesting option.

Processing functions in v1 will be Vertical Drilling, Vertical Milling (Routing), Vertical Pockets (Rectangular w/ round corners) and Vertical ‘Polygon’ Pockets.

Vertical Saw will follow as will Horizontal Drilling.


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Generating Better Labels Improves Automation

Working with many parts with many manufacturing steps poses a challenge in keeping things organized.   To have even a fighting chance parts need to be identified – labeled – to ensure that everyone know what the part is.

Even with the sophisticated – ‘123-4567’ / project-part numbering scheme we very often need more information and to ensure that the next person knows what to do.

ONGAA CAM has expanded its label printing capabilities in Nesting to support not only the following information:

  • Project with Sheet number
  • seq# and Part Number/Name
  • Dimensions
  • Material Name

An now also include up to 8 Solidworks custom properties and a dedicated ‘Barcode’ source property.  An image of the part itself can also be placed on the label.

Supported encodings are 1-D  (3of9 barcode), 2-D QR Code and 2-D Data Matrix.

In the above example, the first custom property indicates the edge banding color and sides … Read the rest

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Automatic Nesting Contours

With many facilities using multiple software packages to program/optimize/nest it gets hard to keep track of what parts were actually programed and which were not.

Many shops use Cut Rite for the simple rectangles and WoodWOP for the more complex components.  We see this as the best of both worlds — except that its gets messy keeping the parts straight.  Cut Rite ‘wants’ a file with dimensions or a MRP to load dimensions and WoodWOP definitely wants a program.

ONGAA CAM can now take the tedium out of programming the ‘regular’ rectangles automatically, whether or not you have made allowance for edge banding in the Solidworks parts or not.

With both ‘Edgeband Size Vars’ and ‘Add Nesting Contour’ turned on, ONGAA CAM will automatically create a ‘bounding-box’ contour and associated a Vertical Route process with it.  All process options are configurable including Tool, direction, compensation, approach and even ‘midline start’.… Read the rest

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ONGAA CAM – Biesse – CIX file Generation

In order to promote the effectiveness of ONGAA CAM when working with bSolid instead of BiesseWorks, ONGAA CAM now produces CIX programs in addition to BPP.

Although bSolid will import straight forward BPP files without any need to manipulate the file in any way, we have had several reports of bSolid importing some process options incorrectly which would either ‘break’ a process or negate its usefulness.  In particular, Vertical milling in steps was rendered ineffective as Z and Depth were swapped when imported.  Horizontal steps was also ‘broken’ due to the step increment being imported as a negative.

To support our customers who are now using bSolid, we have endeavoured to both debug the BPP  import issues as well as provide a better working solution.… Read the rest

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