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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Optimizing CNC Legacy Parts with CAM

One day’s work resulted in productivity improvements that allows the equipment to pay for itself, while leaving spare capacity for additional production work. ...MORE

The Digital Driven Machine Shop of the Future

How CAM software, the cloud and the Internet of Things are converging to change the way our industry is doing business....MORE

CAD Viewer Helps with Job Estimating

Vero Software has recently released a high speed 3D viewer that directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application....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

Delcam PartMaker 2016 R2

CAM Software Connects Directly to Cloud-Based Tool Databases

Delcam has released the 2016 R2 version of its PartMaker software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mills and Swiss-type lathes. ...MORE

Renishaw FixtureBuilder

Software Enables Off-Line Creation of Inspection Fixturing Setups

Renishaw’s FixtureBuilder is a 3D modeling software package designed to enable the off-line creation and documentation of fixturing setups. ...MORE

Surfcam Partners with SMTCL Americas

The companies will create a rotary-table package. ...MORE

3D Systems’ GibbsCAM 2016 Improves Efficiency, Speed and Accuracy

This software version is said to deliver a variety of improvements to increase efficiency, accelerate programming speed and enhance visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming. ...MORE

Southwestern Industries Trak

Mills and Lathes with CNC Technology Increase Productivity

Southwestern Industries will exhibit its Trak line of mills and lathes featuring the company’s ProtoTrak conversational CNC language, designed to reduce time-consuming machine setups and enable less-skilled machinists to do higher-level work. ...MORE