Reducing Programming Times by 90%

Customer Challenge

Norstar was founded in London, the UK by Chris Bonehill in 1998, initially as a ship brokerage company specializing in Sale and Purchase and new building. In 2001, the office relocated to Monaco to focus on ship owning, investments, and management.

Norstar is able to deliver safe, efficient, and reliable transportation and logistics services that enable our partners to perform their operations at the highest standards.

NorStar CNC started as a screw machine shop. Integrated into CNC machining back in 2008. In the beginning, all programming was done by hand prior to purchasing CAM software. Knew we needed something to increase our productivity so we reached out to Autodesk and found NexGenCAM through Autodesk. NexGenCAM has been a great fit ever since.

Project Goals

We wanted to be more efficient and increase accuracy to improve profitability. Being able to produce parts quickly while maintaining the precision quality we are known for has always been our goal at NorStar. By leveraging Autodesk CAM offerings we have been able to achieve and maintain this goal.


With our Swiss machines, we were programming by hand which was extremely time-consuming. With the help of NexGenCAM and Autodesk’s PartMaker, we are now able to use Autodesk CAM on all of my machines which drastically improved our output. Leveraging the technical team at NexGenCAM has propelled our programming abilities forward drastically.

Business Outcome

By using PartMaker and Autodesk FeatureCAM we have been able to cut our programming time by 80-90%, especially in our more complex parts. This gave us back valuable time in our day to focus on other areas in which we could grow and become more efficient.


Autodesk’s PartMaker and help from NexGenCAM reduced our programming time by 80-90%. Moving forward we now have less programming downtime and more efficient and effective production time.


Project Summary

Delivery Date

Project Duration
7 days

Autodesk Solutions
Fusion 360 with FeatureCAM

Services Provided

  • Assessment of Needs
  • Implementation
  • Process Automation
  • Workflow Optimization
  • Optimize Accelerator Delivery
  • CAM Programming
  • Machine Configuration
  • Post Processor
  • Tooling
  • Software Development & Customization
  • Training