Hargett Precision Products

  Apr 11 2006

From "Car Nut" to precision parts

I’ve always been somewhat of a performance and racing fanatic…somewhat of a “car nut” if you want to call it that.

A few years ago I got burned out on the corporate life, and I wanted to switch gears and do something that I like and have passion for. A friend of mine who was involved with CNC Machines and was shopping CAD/CAM software introduced me into the industry; he was the one who informed me about OneCNC. We exchanged notes and I learned what I needed to do to get involved with the industry. Not long after, I decided to take the plunge and purchased a new Hurco VM1. Hargett Precision Products was underway, and business took off.

The primary focus of my business is to design, develop and manufacture my own line of products which consists of high performance Porsche parts, racing parts, street performance parts, and typical job shop parts.

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The machine and software that I chose has allowed me to be extremely successful in the last 2 years. I have been really happy with the decision I made. When I initially involved myself with the manufacturing industry, I tried a ton of CAM programs: MasterCAM, EasyCAM, SurfCAM, there was an entire plethora of programs to evaluate. All of them were really, really expensive and had a pretty deep learning curve; none of them were what I would call intuitive at all. I consider myself somewhat computer savvy, and I have always believed that a program should really be about ease of use and intuitiveness, and that is the first thing that really set OneCNC apart from all of the rest.

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In terms of functionality, OneCNC was completely capable of handling my complex parts.
When guys ask me why I chose my CAM system, there are three things I say:
1. If you look at the user interface, and ease of use, and the amount of time you will spend getting up and running, no one compares to OneCNC No one should have to spend weeks, or months, or whatever it is to learn a new program. 2. The cost of OneCNC is hands down the best value for CAM out there! And 3. The support; I mean, anytime I’ve had a question or did not understand something, the support and online board have been absolutely great.

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One reason I keep my customers coming back is because I have the ability to design, program, and machine it very quickly and very fast. OneCNC is a huge part of that process because the CAM portion is a breeze.

Hargett Precision Products
Mark Hargett
April 11, 2006

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Leatherman

  Jun 06 2002

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"OneCNC software allows the Leatherman model shop to work with the more complex products being developed by our design group - something we couldn't adequately accomplish with wire-frame software. Errors in machining are reduced, so we're creating models more efficiently."

"We've found that OneCNC software has a shorter learning curve than other products on the market. And most importantly, it's excellent value. OneCNC programs accomplish the same functions as similar programs costing significantly more."

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"We relied on OneCNC software to help create our new Squirt multi-tool, as well as new products currently in development. We're beginning to use these programs for all our in-house tooling."

"We've found that the CAD/CAM software from OneCNC offers excellent compatibility with our other engineering programs. Also to mention is the outstanding technical support we've received from OneCNC"

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Leatherman Tool Group. Inc.

USA
www.leatherman.com

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Precise Components & Tool Design Inc

  Jan 31 2001

Precise Components & Tool Design, Inc USA

I haven't found a part yet that OneCNC couldn't handle...Harry Benedikt

I started out consulting for an orthopedic company, and in turn bought a shop with a few CNC machines.  The facility was using another CAD/CAM system at the time, so I learned the program to take care of jobs that needed to be done. We closed the deal on this shop at the end of 2000, and really got things going in January of 2001.

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I had run CNC machines for a long time, but had never programmed before.  There was one job that I remember in particular that was a complex 3D part with multiple contours, and the current CAD/CAM system in place could only take me so far, which wasn't even close to where I needed to be to make this part.

Prior to taking on this job, one of OneCNC’s representatives had called to tell me about their software applications.  Once I knew that my current system would not be able to program this part, I decided to give OneCNC a call back.  When I spoke to their technical support representative, sent over the file, the response was “"Oh this is no problem".

This was back when OneCNC had their 2000 series system, their first version.  The support representative and I programmed the part together, we stayed on the phone for a couple of hours and he walked me through how to do one side of it in OneCNC, I did the other, and the part turned out great…and that was really the beginning.  Getting rid of the other CAD/CAM system and switching to OneCNC really took me away from being a small time, mom and pop job shop; it literally was the turning point.  Once we made the investment in OneCNC, it really put me in the league with the big players.  When I worked with the orthopedics company, I had experience with Unigraphics and I was pretty surprised at how close this $3500.00 package, at the time, got me to UG which was close to $50,000.00 for everything we needed.  Honestly, it didn't have everything UG had in terms of some high end modeling and blue print capabilities, but I didn't need that.  I am not a blue print shop, I'm a machine shop.  OneCNC did everything I needed it to do very nicely and very accurately. 

The majority of my customer base is orthopaedic companies, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Orthopedics and Dental departments.  Right now we are doing a lot of parts with complex contours i.e. knees, hips, clam shell molds, prime shell fixtures for hips, etc. 

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Up until last year, we had been a prototype shop-not a lot of high production.  One of our new customers had numerous high quantity jobs.  OneCNC has really helped out in the transition from prototyping to high quantity jobs.  I haven't found a part yet that OneCNC couldn't handle in terms of designing and tool path generation. 

For example, I had one part that required hand work, which I don’t do here at my facility; it was a good IGES file that I had no issues with within OneCNC.

I sent the file over to an EDM shop that uses MasterCAM, and they couldn't even open it, I had to send them blue prints.  And, here I have received and programmed many of this customer's files with OneCNC with no problems.

In all, the original small shop is now running 4 Haas Mills, 1 Kitamura, 2 Milltronics, and 5 manual machines, with new machines on order.  I have upgraded to every OneCNC version that has been released, and just recently added the new XR2 4th Axis module to my XR2 Mill Expert system.  In 5 years of ownership and use, OneCNC has never let me down.

Harry Benedikt
Precise Components & Tool Design, Inc.
201 Charles Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601 
Shop 201)342-9556
Fax: (201)342-6568

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