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GR Spring & Stamping Upgrades CAD/CAM Capabilities
for Die Design and Build

GR Spring & Stamping Upgrades CAD/CAM Capabilities
for Die Design and Build

Thursday, February 22, 2007
 
A switch from separate CAD and CAM software packages to an integrated CAD/CAM package from VX Corp., Melbourne, FL, has GR Spring & Stamping, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, poised to meet the continuing challenges of quality, volume and lead time presented by its customers in the automotive industry. GR Spring & Stamping operates six facilities in the United States and Mexico, producing custom stampings, value-added assemblies, springs and slide-formed products, as well as the dies used to make those products. Its new VX CAD/CAM package combines 3D solid/surface hybrid modeling and parametric design and drafting capabilities with an integrated CAM package that includes two- through five-axis milling. The company purchased eight seats of VX—six in design and two in manufacturing. As received, GR Spring & Stamping customers’ part models are oriented as they will function in a vehicle. Then designers go to work on a tool, using reverse engineering. A typical die comprises 150 to 200 separate 3D solid CAD elements, drawn as a solid in VX and then assembled virtually. While 3D solid designs take longer to complete than 2D renderings, the firm finds that for every hour spent designing it gains two hours at the end of the process. Learn more about VX software at www.vx.com; GR Spring & Stamping is online at www.grs-s.com.

 

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