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

SmartCAM v2015

CAM Software Updates HSM Strategies

SmartCAMcnc’s 2015 version of its SmartCAM software features a new knowledge-based machining (KBM) repository, high-speed milling (HSM) strategies, and other user interface and core application improvements. ...MORE

United Technologies Optimization Tool Added to Vericut

The new feed rate optimization tool is based on machining trials within UTC. The commitment of an established software company will help this OEM bring cost-saving technology to its suppliers. ...MORE

Machining Module Optimizes Speeds and Feeds

SolidCAM’s iMachining technology module integrates into SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor to save cutting time and increase tool life. ...MORE

GibbsCAM Production Milling software with VoluMill Wireframe

High-Speed Machining Process Uses Continuous Tangential Movement

Gibbs & Associates now includes VoluMill Wireframe within its GibbsCAM Production Milling software. ...MORE

Software Helps Race-Team Mechanics Become CNC Programmer-Machinists

Using GibbsCAM software from Gibbs and Associates, mechanics at Kalitta Motorsports were able to bring component production in-house, better controlling cost and time. ...MORE

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