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

Omax Intelli-Max 21

Software Suite Optimizes Waterjet Paths

Omax has released Intelli-Max 21, the latest version of its software suite for Omax JetMachining Centers. ...MORE

Delcam PowerMill 2015 R2

CAM Software Improves Toolpath Simulation

The 2015 R2 version of Delcam’s PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining enables a project to be completely verified for machine tool issues such as collisions without requiring verification of each individual toolpath. ...MORE

Sandvik Coromant InvoMilling 1.0 software

Software Eases Milling of Gears, Splines

Sandvik Coromant’s InvoMilling 1.0 software enables flexible manufacturing of gears and splines on universal five-axis machining centers. ...MORE

CAM System Aids with Productivity and Simplifies Complex Parts

In the case of Webber Metal Products, upgrading the CAM system was all it needed in order to increase productivity and simplify complex part production. ...MORE

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