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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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Gravograph GravoStyle 7 Build 4 CAD/CAM software

CAD/CAM Software Eases Laser Engraving

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gravograph offers its GravoStyle 7 Build 4 CAD/CAM software for laser and rotary engraving machines.

Swiss Expert Makes Programming Simultaneous Motion Simple

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
With the new class of complex machines, manual programming is no longer efficient or even feasible with some designs.

GibbsCAM Supports ISO 13399 and Integrates Tool Library

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Gibbs and Associates has developed a partnership with Sandvik Coromant to integrate the Adveon Tool Library application.

Software Company Demonstrates Latest Releases

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Edgecam and SurfCAM are demonstrating the new and enhanced technology of their latest releases.

Autodesk CAM programs

CAM Programs Emphasize Integration

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Autodesk will exhibit its range of CAM software built on the HSM CAM kernel, designed for generating efficient machining code and enabling the manufacture of high-quality finished parts while saving time and resources, the company says.


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