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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Handling Machining Complexity with CAM

With the increase in demand for closer tolerances on difficult-to-machine parts, shops look to improve efficiency through simplified processes....MORE

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

HSM CAM Software Improves Surface Machining

NCG CAM v14 includes new features such as UV surface machining. ...MORE

To See Machining Reality on a Tablet

Viewing the simulation of a live machining process in real time gives clear picture of what is happening at the moment inside the machine tool as it runs an NC program. SPRING Technologies’ NCSIMUL Player Synchro makes this happen on a wireless mobile tablet with an app called WYSIWYC ...MORE

Delcam PowerMill software

Comprehensive Toolpath Verification Saves Time in CAM Operations

The latest release of PowerMill CAM software from Delcam includes improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy, developments in toolpath simulation and verification, improved collision checking to cover near misses, and more efficient raster finishing, area clearance and drilling. ...MORE

Rethinking STEP-NC

This standardized machine tool control language enables CNC machining to be part of a larger, collaborative process. ...MORE

Handling Machining Complexity with CAM

With the increase in demand for closer tolerances on difficult-to-machine parts, shops look to improve efficiency through simplified processes. ...MORE