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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CAM System Aids with Productivity and Simplifies Complex Parts

In the case of Webber Metal Products, upgrading the CAM system was all it needed in order to increase productivity and simplify complex part production. ...MORE

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

Kyle Castor stands in front of a five-axis router with arms crossed.

Don’t Sweat the Setup: Probing the Position of Complex Workpieces

This manufacturer uses a software tool to tailor the machining program to the location and orientation of each contoured part. ...MORE

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CAM Software Helps Shop Gain Machining Efficiencies

VIDEO NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of the page for a behind-the-scenes look at 5th Axis, and hear Chris Taylor talk about how Hypermill software has helped his company. ...MORE

Software Enables Analysis of Tool Life, Chip Flow

Third Wave Systems has released version 7.2 of its AdvantEdge software including enhancements and capabilities designed to reduce the time required for tool-focused results analysis, communication and documentation. ...MORE

Video: Think Twice Before Reaching for That Ballnose

Another type of tool engages comparatively more of the work to facilitate larger stepovers for improved efficiency and surface finish in five-axis finishing operations. ...MORE

Updated Software Creates Tool Paths Based on Multiple Factors

DP Technology has released the 2016 version of its Esprit CAM software. ...MORE

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