CAM Software Offers Ease of Use
The Esprit 2009 CAM software is designed to save time and money by importing solid models, recognizing features on those models and automatically drawing options from a database of machining practices for the machining of those specific features and for a range of machine types. The KnowledgeBase user interface has been centralized to make it easier to manage all of the data in the database, the company says. The single, consistent user interface allows users to access all the data from one central location, such as the processes, materials and cutting tools, and context-sensitive commands are available with a right-click of the mouse.
Using the CAD feature tree inside the CAM system makes the programming process fast, the company says, because the CNC programmer has a more accurate description of the workpiece to be machined.
Without a good postprocessor, many machine tools are underutilized. It takes a well-matched post to access the full potential built into a machine.
While still running a few different CAM systems in the shop, this manufacturer of aerospace and oil and gas industry components has implemented what it sees as the ideal package for programming its multitasking work.
Swiss-type lathes and CNC automatic screw machines now have more power and flexibility and better accuracy than ever. As the popularity of CNC continues to grow on these machines, a good computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system is increasingly necessary to take full advantage of the machines’ true multitasking capabilities.