Lot of shops here in the U.S. seems to favor Haas & Mazak along Swiss machines,But my favorite which is a Mazak Integrex kind of two machines in one Turning & Milling. Trying to find a shop that has one in my area like to get some experience with it. Around 1983 I was programing Mazak VTC20/40 which is gantry type machine (Jig Mill).
Went to another shop it uses Mazak VTC 20B Vertical Machining Center which was traveling column machine.Move into another shop did programming for a Fryer Easy Turn Lathe, which can be used in CNC and Manual mode Now back manual machining on Bridgeport knee mill and 20inch swing engine lathe as model maker.
The CNC machines I was using had there own CAM system which pretty cool to work with so I had no need for TCC.I tried the trial version of Edge Cam years ago when the interface was different. I like pretty user friendly back than.Don't about it these days, Can you share some pics on the projects your working I'm sure Ken & I would like to see what your machining up on your machining centers.At your leisure you might explore the TurbocadCam forum I made few sample videos for Kai on programming operations and tips you may find interesting.Its good to see you stop back in the forum again. Few screen shots of the machine tools over the course of my career to give some sort of idea not necessary those particular machines but ones just like them.
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