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

Alphacam 2015 R1 Speeds up Design and Production

The latest release in the Alphacam 2015 R1 is said to be the largest ever delivered by the software’s development team. ...MORE

Delcam PowerShape Pro

CAD Software Eases Copying of Features Between Multiple Solids

Delcam has added a series of enhancements to its PowerShape Pro software for modeling and reverse engineering to help users to complete complex designs more quickly and easily. ...MORE

CNC Software Mastercam X9

Updated Software Improves Two- through Five-Axis Tool Paths

CNC Software’s Mastercam X9 software introduces improvements to its Dynamic Motion, Multiaxis, and Design and System features. ...MORE

Software Feature Recognition Restores Lost CAD Surface Data

The latest release of Polygonica from MachineWorks includes functionality for automatic feature recognition on polygonal solids. ...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