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

Video: Accelerated Blisk Milling

CAM and cutting tool companies develop a process for machining a titanium bladed disk in less than half the conventionally expected cycle time. ...MORE

Vero Visi 2016 R1

CAD/CAM Software Improves Cooling Channel Management for Moldmaking

Version 2016 R1 of Vero’s Visi CAD/CAM software includes updates across the platform while maintaining its emphasis on mold, tool and die making. ...MORE

Delcam Partmaker 2016

CAM Software Improves 2 ½-Axis Programming, Machining

Delcam has released the 2016 version of its PartMaker software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes, featuring powerful 2 ½-axis milling strategies, support for multiple solid models in a single CAM file, broaching support, and faster 2D CAD drafting and toolpath selection. ...MORE

CAM, Simulation Software Enhances Port Machining Toolpaths

ModuleWorks has released the 2015.12 version of its CAM software, which includes new features for five- and three-axis programming as well as simulation. ...MORE

CAM Plug-In for Solidworks Supports Multitasking Machine Programming

BobCAD-CAM has released version 5 of its BobCAM for Solidworks CNC programming software including more features, modules and overall system improvements. ...MORE