Zone: CAD, CAM and Related Software

OVERVIEW: CAM Software is used to generate machining programs corresponding to part designs. Short for “computer-aided manufacturing,” CAM creates these programs for CNC machine tools including machining centers, lathes and EDM machines. Sometimes, machining programs can be written and input manually, right at the machine’s control. However, if the workpiece geometry is at all complex, or if the machined features are numerous, then generally CAM software is essential for generating the program both accurately and quickly. In general, CAM development has proceeded along two different tracks. Geometry-based CAM systems used in die/mold machining and other applications focus on complex milled geometries. Algorithms provide specific and efficient ways for machining complex geometries with both high precision and long tool life. By contrast, feature-based CAM systems are generally used in the production machining of geometrically simpler components. These latter CAM systems are often engineered to automate otherwise repetitive programming tasks such as assigning similar tools to similar features.

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Reengineering of a CAM Engine

Software suppliers are doing their part in meeting the programming demands of multitasking operations for complex parts....MORE

Software Creates Perfect Tool Paths for Five-Axis Machining

A week’s programming with Edgecam CNC software provides a U.K. manufacturer of orthopaedic instruments with 12 weeks of machining time for its highly complex products....MORE

Automate Programming with CAM

Even for those shops still manually programming their simple parts on Swiss machines, there are compelling reasons to automate the programming process now. ...MORE

Full Programming for Traditional and Multi-Axis Turning

Many shops that have long operated with traditional turning centers are now rapidly supplementing their processes with multi-axis machines that have the ability to produce complex parts unattended....MORE

SmartCAM v2015

CAM Software Updates HSM Strategies

SmartCAMcnc’s 2015 version of its SmartCAM software features a new knowledge-based machining (KBM) repository, high-speed milling (HSM) strategies, and other user interface and core application improvements. ...MORE

United Technologies Optimization Tool Added to Vericut

The new feed rate optimization tool is based on machining trials within UTC. The commitment of an established software company will help this OEM bring cost-saving technology to its suppliers. ...MORE

Machining Module Optimizes Speeds and Feeds

SolidCAM’s iMachining technology module integrates into SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor to save cutting time and increase tool life. ...MORE

GibbsCAM Production Milling software with VoluMill Wireframe

High-Speed Machining Process Uses Continuous Tangential Movement

Gibbs & Associates now includes VoluMill Wireframe within its GibbsCAM Production Milling software. ...MORE

Software Helps Race-Team Mechanics Become CNC Programmer-Machinists

Using GibbsCAM software from Gibbs and Associates, mechanics at Kalitta Motorsports were able to bring component production in-house, better controlling cost and time. ...MORE

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