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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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

3+2 machining

Keeping 3 + 2 Machining in the Clear

When using a five-axis machining center for 3 + 2 (positional) machining, the programmed tool path must be checked carefully to avoid collisions and optimize results. This video shows how Delcam PowerMill’s new Dynamic Machining Control improves this process. ...MORE

Open Mind hyperMill 2013.2

CAM Software Incorporates CAD Component

Open Mind’s hyperMill 2013.2 release includes updates to hyperCAD-S, a CAD component designed to address the requirements of NC programmers, particularly for tool and moldmaking. ...MORE

Software Application Accelerates Toolpath Generation

Vero’s Edgecam 2014 R1 CAM software features updates designed to optimize high-precision machining through SolidWorks. ...MORE

Delcam for SolidWorks 2013 R2

CAM Release Adds Tombstone Machining Functionality

The 2013 R2 version of Delcam for Solidworks offers support for tombstone machining, new options for stock models, enhanced support for holes and more flexible Z-level roughing. ...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

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