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

CAM Software Automates Programming for Solid Edge CAD Models

Geometric Ltd. has released CAMWorks 2015, which runs within Siemens’ Solid Edge ST8 software as an integrated CAM application. ...MORE

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Simulation Software Eases Milling, Turning Training

Fagor Automation has updated the features of its free CNC simulator for Fagor’s 8060/8065 CNCs, including the addition of a library of sample programs for both milling and turning. ...MORE

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Sophisticated Software for Solid Gear Design

Whether your computer platform is standalone or part of a suite, desktop or on the cloud, there’s a gear design package developed specifically to meet your needs. ...MORE

CAD/CAM Software Supports Simulation of Custom-Shaped Tools

Version 28 of BobCAD-CAM’s flagship software is said to be compatible with all custom and specialty milling and turning tool shapes for CNC simulations. ...MORE

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New CNC Equipment, CAM Software Bring Shop to a Fast Start

The startup Dynamic Balance Machine invested in advanced CNC machines and Mastercam software from CNC Software Inc. to more quickly rough out material and reduce cycle times. ...MORE