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New machining videos from Surfware

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 6:17 pm Written by:

Yesterday I was called upon to write a response to Celeritive Technologies’ new document circulating among potential customers, entitled “Volumill vs Adaptive Clearing”. This caused me to do a quick browse among the webpages, and I was pleased to see that the plaintiffs in the case Surfware, Inc. v. Celeritive Technologies, Inc. et al have been experimenting with video promotion of their technologies.

This is a good idea, because machining is a fundamentally time-motion affair, and motion pictures are a far better form for showing it off than crappy low-res bits of fuzz like you get on Delcam’s website.

But while video is the answer for conveying the superior programmed motions of a your toolpath algorithms on a machine, it’s not easy to get it right. It’s not like porn, where basically any old footage of the act in motion will be all right. Watching machine tools in action is unbearable after the first 30 seconds. Especially when you have to hear the noise as well.

Surfcam have uploaded some of their experiments onto youtube.

Here’s an example from last month of some perfectly nice music ruined by a continual grinding sawing sound.

This is a long one of theirs uploaded two months ago that ends with a lot of milky fluid being stirred around in a metal pocket underneath a veritable pillow of swarf.

This video, also from two months ago, has a narrator. This is a good idea because talking is an effective way of conveying information and causing the viewer to watch the whole film without dragging the slider and forwarding through it to the end just to check if something interesting actually happens. Unfortunately, the movie ends with a milky swarf explosion and a totally filthy pile of ground up metal. Not beautiful.

But this is most stylish one of them all, uploaded only 4 weeks ago. It’s just 10 seconds long, but that’s not what makes it great. It’s a clean slow motion capture with perfect lighting and no milkshake flying around. Beautiful. More like this please.

Eventually, there will come a day when some proper advertising talent gets involved and proper infomercials are produced, with a storylines, plots, characters and dialog…

The DynAptive TrueVoluCutMill Challenge

The scene opens with two guys, father and son, in their family toolshop.

The father has just got back from a training course on using DynAptive VoluTrueCutMill Technology. They get a job to cut out two bamiweenie bearing cases, one left and one right, for the spronk car that will be used in the new Bruce Lee movie.

Let’s have a race.

Zoom out to see famous TV sports commentator, with headphones a mic, in the foreground.

And they’re off.

“Remember, Mr Smith has only learnt to use this technology yesterday, so he’s a little slow on the uptake. Young Master Smith finishes his NC programming first, because he has been using his old-fashioned CAM system for years and knows how to cut corners. He is onto his machine early. He gets a good head start. Will this be enough to see off the more powerful DynaMill AptiveCutTrueVolu Technology?”

Grunge. Grind. Greech. Ping! goes the machine.

“Oh no, his tool has snapped! He’ll have to get another one for $30 dollars. This race is only about time, but if we counted cost it would make it more complicated. It’s every man for himself.

“Meanwhile, Mr Smith has finally started cutting his part after having to double-check the instructions. Wow! Look at that smooth side-milling motion, cutting the full depth of the cutter on the side.”

“Yes that’s right, the material removal rate is far greater than if it used the tip alone as he would with conventional non-TraAdaptive MillCutVoluDyna toolpaths. Look at that smooth sweep and transition! Can we have a slow-motion replay? Yes we can!

Bish bash, and we’re done.

Dad wins the prize. VolAptive MillTrueDynaCut Technology wins the day. Father and son share a well-earned refreshing banana milkshake.

MillAptive VoluCutDynaTrue Technology will pay back its worth in 6 weeks of daily orders. Buy yours today.

Remember terms and conditions apply. Always RTFM and verify the toolpath. Celery-Potato Systems is not responsible for any crashes, fatalities or gouges encountered in the use of this product.


  • 1. Moar replies at 25th June 2009, 8:26 pm :

    Celery-Potato Systems LMFAO!

  • 2. Mark replies at 1st July 2009, 3:46 pm :

    I work for Delcam, and you know what, I completely agree! Low-res bits of fuzz are no good at all….and that’s why Delcam is the first CADCAM company to launch an online TV channel ( with high quality video content, featuring our customers from around the world. Check it out!

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