Systems & Software

CAD, CAM and Related Software
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CAD/CAM Software is used to generate part designs and then CNC machining programs corresponding to part designs. Short for “computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing,” these systems create these programs for CNC machine tools. 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. 

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Retired Yet Inspired to Learn Machining


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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.



Mastercam 2017 Mill

Expanded Milling Software Improves Shopfloor Productivity

By: Jedd Cole
Mastercam 2017 Mill offers expanded machining flexibility and an increased emphasis on speed and automation.

Edgecam 2016 R2

Updated CAM Software Improves Roughing

By: Jedd Cole
Edgecam 2016 R2, available from Vero Software, now offers increased access to memory, improving overall efficiency when working with large files.

Updated CAM Products for Variety of Machining, Inspection Processes

By: Jedd Cole
Autodesk’s line of 2017 CAM products includes the latest versions of FeatureCAM and PartMaker, PowerMill, PowerShape, and PowerInspect for applications ranging from CNC mill and lathe programming to complex die/mold manufacturing.

Harmeling

Surfcam Reseller Hires Applications Engineer

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