ZW3D demonstrated at Electra Mining exhibition

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TDM Solutions the approved ZW3D reseller in South Africa teamed up with Retecon as their technology partner at the recently held Electra Mining exhibition (10th – 14th September 2012), in Johannesburg.

Retecon had requested that TDM Solutions produce a complex 5 axis machining programme, to demonstrate the abilities of the DMG DMU65 5 axis machining centre which was to be unveiled for the first time in South Africa. Retecon supplied a CAD model of a typical mining drill head for the purposes of the demonstration.

Using ZW3D’s powerful multi-axis machining capabilities, TDM Solutions was easily able to produce a full CNC machining programme. With ZW3D’s built in customisable CNC post processors, the DMG DMU65 machine kinematics were created, enabling robust and reliable CNC code to be generated.

During the show, crowds were drawn towards the DMG DMU65, to marvel at the complex continuous 5 axis tool path motion created by ZW3D.

Jim Plester (Technical Sales) commented “The demonstration of ZW3D amazed people, firstly they were impressed by the complex machining programme running on the DMG DMU65, and when we informed them of the versatility of the ZW3D solution and more importantly the price of ZW3D; people couldn’t believe the value ZW3D offered.”

ZW3D Multi-axis machining solution (ZW3D 3X machining + ZW3D 4&5X machining add-on), including a powerful CAD & CAM functionality costs R75,600.00 and for a limited period (till the end of Oct 2012) can be purchased for R52,920.00.

About Retecon

Retecon was established in 1971 by Burkhard Herrmann supplying tooling to the South African industry.

The company markets a range of machine tools, accessories, tooling, consumables and services to the metal working industry. Retecon represents two of the world’s leading brands in high quality machinery in South Africa, DMG and Mori Seiki.


ZWSOFT is a world-renowned CAD/CAM solutions provider for the AEC and MCAD industries, with over 320,000 clients in more than 80 countries. ZWSOFT’s products, ZWCAD and ZW3D, have satisfied the needs of 2D and 3D designers for over a decade.



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