Systems & Software

CAD, CAM and Related Software
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CAM Software is used to generate machining programs corresponding to part designs. Short for “computer-aided manufacturing,” CAM creates these programs for CNC machine tools including machining centers, lathes and EDM machines. Sometimes, machining programs can be written and input manually, right at the machine’s control. However, if the workpiece geometry is at all complex, or if the machined features are numerous, then generally CAM software is essential for generating the program both accurately and quickly. In general, CAM development has proceeded along two different tracks. Geometry-based CAM systems used in die/mold machining and other applications focus on complex milled geometries. Algorithms provide specific and efficient ways for machining complex geometries with both high precision and long tool life. By contrast, feature-based CAM systems are generally used in the production machining of geometrically simpler components. These latter CAM systems are often engineered to automate otherwise repetitive programming tasks such as assigning similar tools to similar features.

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Retired Yet Inspired to Learn Machining


A retired engineer with no prior machining experience is learning how to be a machinist. His quickly increasing skillset demonstrates how new machining technology is becoming more capable and easier to pick up and apply.

A Smooth Transition to Five-Axis Machining


A mold manufacturer that specializes in precision, thin-walled container molds chose an integrated approach to establishing an effective five-axis “3 + 2” machining process.

QFS Keeps Its Customers Moving With Integrated CAD/CAM


Quickly updating tool paths to remachine die surfaces enables this shop to provide short runs of prototype formed sheet metal parts. This fast response to engineering changes and design adjustments helps its customers adhere to tightly scheduled vehicle launch programs. QFS relies on integrated CAD and CAM software to make this happen. In this case, the software of choice are PowerShape and PowerMill from Delcam.



Latest Version of Esprit 2015 Software

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
DP Technology Corp. has released the latest version of its pioneering flagship product Esprit 2015.

Esprit 2015 CAM software

CAM Software Reduces Five-Axis Cycle Times

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
DP Technology’s Esprit 2015 CAM software offers improvements for intelligent machining, strategic machining, CAD-CAM data exchange and cloud-enabled CAM.

Delcam Powermill for moldmaking

CAM for Moldmaking Simplifies Rib Programming

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Delcam’s PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining offers new developments for moldmaking, including improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, enhanced collision checking, toolpath simulation and verification, and a new module for machining ribs into tooling.

Mastercam X8 Mill

CAM Software Boosts Milling Flexibility

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
CNC Software’s Mastercam X8 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation.

Geometric CAMWorks

Updated Software Converts Three-Axis Tool Paths to Five-Axis

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Geometric’s CAMWorks features updates for high-performance milling, automatic conversion of tool paths and integrated G-code simulation.


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