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

Software Module Prepares Scan Data for CAD, 3D Printing

Creaform’s VXmodel 3D scan-to-CAD module enables users to finalize 3D scan data to use directly in any CAD or 3D printing software. ...MORE

Multitasking Goes Vertical

This article looks at part processing and CNC programming considerations for vertical multitasking applications. ...MORE

Gravograph GravoStyle 7 Build 4 CAD/CAM software

CAD/CAM Software Eases Laser Engraving

Gravograph offers its GravoStyle 7 Build 4 CAD/CAM software for laser and rotary engraving machines. ...MORE

Swiss Expert Makes Programming Simultaneous Motion Simple

With the new class of complex machines, manual programming is no longer efficient or even feasible with some designs. ...MORE

GibbsCAM Supports ISO 13399 and Integrates Tool Library

Gibbs and Associates has developed a partnership with Sandvik Coromant to integrate the Adveon Tool Library application. ...MORE

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