With the manufacturing base of the
Over the years Modern Cam found a lucrative niche in producing replacement specialty cams for many types of high-volume production machines. Companies relied on Modern Cam, rather than doing it themselves, because it is difficult and time-consuming to reverse engineer these parts. Simply put, standard measuring tools such as micrometers and calipers don’t lend themselves well to creating cam splines and paths, timing, throws and dwells as part features in a CAD system.
Even Modern Cam, a specialist, had to do it the hard way,
making two cams for each order - one a template, the other a finished part.
Over time the company started to develop its own
After considerable research, company owner Scott Bitters decided the best option for continued success and growth was to pursue a new business strategy based largely on ReverseEngineering.com software.
Bitters said he chose ReverseEngineering.com direct-to-CAD reverse engineering software because it could integrate easily with any PCMM he chose; it was fast to learn; it would work perfectly with any CAD system and because he could digitize directly into his CAD –saving time and money, adding efficiency and opening up new lines of business.
A Company Reinvented
- A portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) with a hard probe for measuring the cams
- Basic and Advanced software modules from ReverseEngineering.com for digitizing the data from the PCMM direct-to-CAD
- SolidWorks Professional for modeling the cams
- SolidCAM for cutting the parts on a machining center.
Bitters does all of the digitizing and modeling himself and has realized major time savings and higher accuracy. For example, the direct-to-CAD ReverseEngineering.com software decreased the time it takes to measure a cam from two days to just a few hours. The digitized part has an advantage of being used for physical duplication on one of his machining centers, or as the basis for similar cams that are easily modified and machined digitally. Bitters uses reverse engineering to establish a base and is then able to fine-tune functional requirements from there.
Additional Revenue Opportunities
With its new workflow the company is now able to provide not just a product, but an engineering service as well.
As evidence of additional opportunities the software
provides, ReverseEngineering.com is also playing a role in one of Bitters’
hobbies away from the shop: He’s using it to reverse engineer a carburetor for
a 1938 John Deere tractor he’s restoring. Once the carburetor is modeled he
will send the data to a service bureau to have it printed in 3D on a rapid
prototyping machine. That will enable him to test for fit before having the
model cast in metal. That’s just the kind of flexibility Bitters believes will
open up new business opportunities for his company.
Bitters has also found ReverseEngineering.com very helpful for complex cam systems such as conjugate cam sets, which require highly accurate mathematical information. They can require extremely tight tolerances and will bind if they don’t work in unison. Bitters says the ReverseEngineering.com solutions are well-suited for these demanding tasks.
“ReverseEngineering.com makes complex cam systems relatively simple,” he added.
A Bright Future
Bitters wants to expand the reverse engineering side of his business, but plans to continue to maximize the investment he has in the existing machining centers on his shop floor. This is another benefit of the ReverseEngineering.com software: It’s helping maximize the investment the company has already made while at the same time enabling it to move forward with the promise of an even more prosperous future.
ReverseEngineering.com develops and markets plug-n-play software tool sets that accurately, quickly and easily import raw digitized data from portable CMMs and laser scanners into CAD/CAM systems as easily modifiable parametric sketches. Providing what is essentially a universal front end, the company eliminates the data translation issues usually associated with reverse engineering and related applications. Taking a modular approach, it provides more than 500 CAD/CAM integrated tool sets addressing any need, from entry-level to the most sophisticated CAD applications.