Betting on excellence
When Andrea Cecutti opened his small California startup AC&A, he wagered everything on advanced machines,skilled and motivated people, and Tebis CAD/CAM software. He’s winning.
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula that guarantees manufacturing success. However, the combination of hard work, knowledge and advanced technology is about as close as you can get. That’s the formula employed by Andrea Cecutti, the owner of AC&A (Lake Forrest, Calif.). AC&A is a vertically integrated manufacturer of complex, close tolerance production and prototype parts, as well as large composite tooling. Its list of customers spans the automotive, aerospace, alternative energy and entertainment industries, among others. To service its varied and demanding customers it employs the most advanced technology that Cecutti has encountered in his long manufacturing career “I take a totally different approach from the conventional machine shop,” says Cecutti. He points out that cost conscious, fledgling machine shops generally opt for a “good enough” strategy when purchasing manufacturing technology, figuring they can upgrade somewhere down the road. In contrast, Cecutti has opted for the best technology since the day AC&A first opened its doors back in 2005. Today that means, among other things, Jobs high-speed 5-axis machining centers and Tebis CAD/CAM software. Supplied by Tebis America, Inc. (Troy, Mich.), Tebis is an integrated suite of CAD/CAM products with each product using the same database and user interface, and based on the same release, thus maximizing the speed and accuracy with which part data can be moved into production. It’s also powerful. “Most of my machines are the fastest you can find on the market,” says Cecutti, “and having a software able to calculate cutter paths that quickly and accurately is important.” He explains that other software products he had looked at had sometimes failed to keep pace with his high-speed machines, flooding the machine with data points rather than fully enumerated cutter paths. “No matter how fast my machines run, Tebis is able to calculate accurate, well defined cutter paths that also leave us with a high quality surface finish.”
"With Tebis the emphasis is on continuous improvement and continuous innovation. It never stops. We give them feedback and they look for ways to help us with a given product or problem."
Composite and metallic tool fabrication
- Tebis harmonizes toolpaths
- No matter how fast my machines run, Tebis is able to calculate accurate, well defined cutter paths that also leave us with a high quality surface finish
- Customers are amazed at the speed and quality with which we created this part
Model making, Design, Mold manufacturing
Lake Forest, Calif, United States
Owner of AC&A