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

Design Software Promotes Efficiency

Dassault Systemes’ Solidworks 2015 version includes simplified geometry creation tools, faster simulation analysis and an updated graphical interface, all said to enable users to design more efficiently. ...MORE

Geometric Modeling Software Simplifies Complex Modeling

Version 27.1 of Siemens PLM Software’s Parasolid software is said to simplify complex modeling tasks that previously required multiple steps into single operations, promoting efficiency. ...MORE

Mastercam X8 Focuses on Delivering Speed, Automation and Efficiency

Mastercam X8 brings a suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation and efficiency for all machining jobs. ...MORE

PartMaker version 2015 CAM software

CAM Software Extends Support for Multitasking Machines

PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam PLC, releases the 2015 version of its PartMaker CAM software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill machines and Swiss-type lathes. ...MORE

Delcam Extends Support for Multitasking Machines in PartMaker 2015

Delcam has released PartMaker 2015, the latest version of its PartMaker CAM software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM equipment, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes. ...MORE