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Dome Cutting Solutions

United Precision Services, Inc., a provider of turn-key medium to large CNC machine tool solutions, is offering MicroStep's dome-cutting technology to the North America fabrication market. The MicroStep beveling tool station allows CNC gantry-style cutting machines to measure the true shape of 3D objects (such as a dome) and use this measurement to help guide the cutting process. In this way, contours and openings can be cut with the highest degree of accuracy in compliance with production requirements including beveled edges for weld preparation, according to the company.

"3D metal processing is essential to the production of pressure vessels, boilers and similar equipment," said John Prevish, United Precision Services National Sales Manager. "The challenge facing fabricators is to make the process fast and easy to set up while providing accurate results that will not require further, often manual, processing."

"It is not uncommon for the actual shape of a dome to differ from the ideal shape by several centimeters," continued Prevish. "By allowing the actual dimension of a dome to lay within allowed tolerances, MicroStep's 3D scanning technology greatly increases accuracy. Conventional methods of positioning corrections via control of plasma arc voltage are not applicable with 3D cutting. Employing a scanner, however, allows users to create a model of the actual surface and use the model to analyze the dome's shape, locate its center and define the exact toolpath above the surface."

Due to the modular structure of MicroStep machines in terms of dimensions, types, cutting zone locations and tool station configurations, United Precision Services can provide a machine according to the exact requirements of a customer's product. This allows a single gantry with a bevel tool station, 3D scanner and marker to be used for processing domes as well as flat sheets.

For more information contact:

United Precision Services, Inc.

11180 Southland Road

Cincinnati, OH 45240


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