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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Intriguing Concepts moldmaking shop

CAM Software Provides Competitive Edge in Bringing Ideas to Life

By: Edited by Emily Probst
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Camlink GB\DataEntry software

Software Enables Toolpath Visualization, Verification

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Scott Carpenter inspects a component

Keeping It in the Family

By: Matthew Jaster
This small job shop utilizes CAD/CAM software to increase efficiency of older machines, improving part production and creating new business opportunities in the process.

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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 Hendrixson
DP Technology’s Esprit 2015 CAM software offers improvements for intelligent machining, strategic machining, CAD-CAM data exchange and cloud-enabled CAM.


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