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

Software Provides Time Savings and Improved Accuracy

Shops get paid for making chips, and profit comes from making them as efficiently as possible. Shop management software is a key to reducing waste by ensuring that machining is being done on the right jobs, in the right way and at the right time. ...MORE

Edgecam 2016 R1

CAD/CAM Software Eases Turning, Milling, EDM Operations

Edgecam 2016 R1 includes a number of new and updated CAD features and CAM functions for milling, turning and wire EDM, such as new and enhanced strategies, operation options and memory-handling capabilities. ...MORE

OSG ThreadPro

Thread Milling Software Eases NC Code Generation

OSG says its ThreadPro thread milling NC code generator software is said to eliminate the hassle of having to enter data as text, copy and replace. ...MORE

Enhanced Roughing CAM Strategy Enables Fine-Tuning

Delcam’s 2016 release of FeatureCAM, a feature-based programming system, offers enhancements focused on speed—specifically, updates to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy. ...MORE

CAMWorks 2016 five axis drilling

CAM Software Eases Design-to-Manufacture Process

Geometric Ltd. has released the 2016 version of CAMWorks for 3D CNC machining applications, with features designed to improve productivity, ease the move from design to production, and minimize the cost of design and manufacturing changes. ...MORE