Geometric Limited recently announced the addition of automated ‘Machine to the Mean’ capabilities when working with SOLIDWORKS® parts and assembly files that contain tolerance—or geometric dimensioning and tolerance (GD&T)—information. These automated mean tolerance calculation capabilities will eliminate the common practice of having to manually calculate allowances when defining CNC tool paths or the need to rebuild 3D models to mean geometry, thus, eliminating potential mistakes, while saving time and money, and streamlining the transition from design to manufacturing. Available through an upcoming, second-quarter 2016 point release of CAMWorks® 2016 software, the new ‘Machine to the Mean’ capabilities eliminate long-standing issues surrounding differences between design practices required to tolerance parts based on fit, form and function vs. manufacturing’s need to machine geometry based on mean dimensions and tolerances. “Every part or assembly that has tolerances designed for specific functional requirements—such as slip fits, press fits, etc. require tolerance specifications that have different upper and lower or asymmetric limits,” explained Jim Foster, VP—Global Channel Sales & Marketing, Geometric.
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