Zone: CAM for Production Machining

OVERVIEW: CAM software for production is focused on programming machining centers, lathes and turn/mill machines to execute a variety of typically simple machining operations in the most efficient sequence possible. Milling, pocketing, slotting, drilling and OD and ID turning are all examples of operations that might apply to the machining cycle for a particular production part. CAM software for production also often features tools for software automation, or knowledge-based machining. Many of the decisions necessary to machine a production part are repetitive, involving assigning particular tools and parameters for particular varieties of drilled holes or milled features. CAM software with some knowledge-based functionality can allow the programmer to input his “knowledge” about tool, process and parameter preferences for certain fundamental types of machined features, so that the software can recognize those features in the future and program them automatically, saving the programmer time.

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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

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

Software Simplifies Turn-Mill Operations

An international player in the highly competitive aeronautics, automotive, defense and optical industries makes the most of software for multitasking program verification and optimization....MORE

FlowXpert 2015

Software Eases 3D Waterjet Cutting

FlowXpert 2015, Flow International Corp.’s upgrade to its FlowXpert software suite, offers new capabilities for 3D pathing and cutting to enable waterjet users to work more effectively in 3D with less complexity. ...MORE

Delcam FeatureCAM 2015

CAM Software Eases Programming of Part Families

Delcam’s 2015 version of its FeatureCAM software eases programming of part families by matching the names of features within the part library with user-created curves relating to those features, making the programming of subsequent parts in the family much easier and faster. ...MORE

Holroyd Profile Management System software

Profile Management Software Aids Production of Helical Components

Designed for use with its grinding machines, Holroyd Precison's Holroyd Profile Management System (HPMS) is an optional desktop suite of software for helical component design and management. ...MORE

Renishaw Revo five-axis measurement

Suite of Blade Measurement, Analysis Tools Offered

Renishaw offers hardware and software for CMMs that are specifically designed for measurement of aerospace blades, including ApexBlade planning software for Revo sweep scanning and DMIS programming, Modus airfoil analysis for the calculation and reporting of blade section profile and airfoil characteristics, and SurfitBlade to aid reverse engineering of the complete airfoil. ...MORE

Multitasking Goes Vertical

This article looks at part processing and CNC programming considerations for vertical multitasking applications. ...MORE

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