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

Latest Version of Esprit 2015 Software

DP Technology Corp. has released the latest version of its pioneering flagship product Esprit 2015. ...MORE

Esprit 2015 CAM software

CAM Software Reduces Five-Axis Cycle Times

DP Technology’s Esprit 2015 CAM software offers improvements for intelligent machining, strategic machining, CAD-CAM data exchange and cloud-enabled CAM. ...MORE

Delcam Powermill for moldmaking

CAM for Moldmaking Simplifies Rib Programming

Delcam’s PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining offers new developments for moldmaking, including improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, enhanced collision checking, toolpath simulation and verification, and a new module for machining ribs into tooling. ...MORE

Mastercam X8 Mill

CAM Software Boosts Milling Flexibility

CNC Software’s Mastercam X8 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation. ...MORE

Geometric CAMWorks

Updated Software Converts Three-Axis Tool Paths to Five-Axis

Geometric’s CAMWorks features updates for high-performance milling, automatic conversion of tool paths and integrated G-code simulation. ...MORE