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

Native CAD File Translators Updated

SmartCAMcnc has updated several SmartCAM v2015 native data translator modules: SolidWorks Connection, PTC Pro/Engineer and PTC Creo Connection. ...MORE

Software Update Includes Tool to Ease Job Cost Calculation

Hypertherm has released version 11.1 of its ProNest 2015 CAD/CAM software featuring a quoting tool that can calculate per-part and total job costs, among other updates. ...MORE

Esprit 2015 Helps Reduce Cycle Time

DP Technology Corp.’s Esprit 2015 accelerates the machining process by providing five-axis machining cycles that reduce cycle time. ...MORE

PartMaker Version 2015 Software for B Axis and Swiss-Type

PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam, offers its latest version of software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.  The software supports the B-axis equipped turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes. ...MORE

MachineWorks CAM software hybrid simulation

Software Simulates Hybrid Manufacturing

MachineWorks CAM software offers the functionality to simulate traditional CNC machining as well as additive manufacturing, plus perform quality checks on both processes and analysis of finished parts. ...MORE

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