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

FlowXpert 2015

Software Eases 3D Waterjet Cutting

FlowXpert 2015, Flow International Corp.’s upgrade to its FlowXpert software suite, offers new capabilities for 3D pathing and cutting to enable waterjet users to work more effectively in 3D with less complexity. ...MORE

Missler Software TopSolid'Mold 7 CAD/CAM suite

Integrated CAD/CAM Software Optimizes Project Management

Missler Software launches TopSolid’Mold 7, its CAD/CAM software for designing molds and machining tools. ...MORE

Delcam FeatureCAM 2015

CAM Software Eases Programming of Part Families

Delcam’s 2015 version of its FeatureCAM software eases programming of part families by matching the names of features within the part library with user-created curves relating to those features, making the programming of subsequent parts in the family much easier and faster. ...MORE

Kisters 3DViewStation software

3D CAD Software Adds 2D Drawing Support

Kisters’ 2014.1 version of its 3DViewStation software features an updated user interface, high-performance 3D viewing capabilities and Digital MockUp (DMU), as well as CAD importers for Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, JT, 3D-PDF and STEP. ...MORE

Open Mind HyperCAD-S

CAD Software Adjusts for Deformation

HyperCAD-S, Open Mind’s CAD system, integrates with the company’s HyperMill CAM system, designed to meet the needs of NC programmers. ...MORE

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