Using the market leading Alphacam CAD/CAM software to drive its CNC machines means a Charlotte company produces consistent countertops in Corian® and Granite for homeowners and commercial customers.
Surface Products produces a wide line of countertop brands including Artisan Granite (the only granite with a lifetime warranty), Corian® Solid Surface, Heritage Wood, Caesarstone®, Zodiaq®, Cambria and Quartz.
It specialises in new kitchens and remodels, as well as commercial surface fabrication, and has been serving the countertop market in Charlotte, Cornelius, NC, for over 20 years. One of its popular materials for countertops is Corian®, which is a solid surface offering superior design possibilities and excellent long-term performance.
Corian® is used both in the home and in many different commercial environments, from hotels to healthcare, and retail to marine, lending itself to imaginative uses, innovative designs and enduring applications. It can be carved, routed or worked like wood, moulded, thermoformed or inlayed…the design options are almost limitless. But because it can be cut and formed to create unique shapes and curves, precision in manufacture is an absolute prerequisite. To guarantee that the FlexiCAM CNC machine used to produce Surface Products’ Corian® countertops, manufactures them to the highest degree of precision every time, shop manager Travis Scronce uses Alphacam Advanced Router to import designs and generate the CNC coding.
Granite is another popular material for their countertops, and again, the Park Destiny CNC machine used to produce them is driven by Alphacam. Alphacam is one of the leading and most established suppliers of CAD/CAM software for the stone industry.
The Alphacam Advanced Router is ideal for manufacturers who work with complex, free-form patterns and tools, as it offers complex 3D machining strategies, solid model importing and feature extraction, along with constrained parametric part creation. In addition, it has the functionality of Alphacam’s Essential and Standard modules, including part nesting from the screen and 3D engraving, additional nesting support from a nest list, and reusable machining data.
Any configuration of machine, from simple 2-axis to complex 5-axis, is supported, as well as all the specific cutter types used within the industry.
Alphacam is compatible with all CNC machines, production control software and Microsoft supported Windows platforms, including Windows XPTM. This means that Alphacam Advanced Router drives Surface Products’ FlexiCAM and Park Destiny CNC machines with equal precision making the generation of the code an easy task, while ensuring its quality.
Travis Scronce says: “We’ve been using Alphacam for about six year. It is perfect for our specific high precision requirements and our machines.”