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.



Kyle Castor stands in front of a five-axis router with arms crossed.

Don’t Sweat the Setup: Probing the Position of Complex Workpieces

By: Peter Zelinski
This manufacturer uses a software tool to tailor the machining program to the location and orientation of each contoured part.

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CAM Software Helps Shop Gain Machining Efficiencies

By: Emily Probst
VIDEO NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of the page for a behind-the-scenes look at 5th Axis, and hear Chris Taylor talk about how Hypermill software has helped his company.

Vero Software Appoints Alphacam Sales, Service Director

By: Jedd Cole
Perry Boyett has been with Alphacam since 2003.

Siemens, Local Motors Partner for Development of Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing of Cars

By: Jedd Cole
The partnership will expand Local Motors’ use of Siemens CAD/CAM software and will include sponsorship of three new technology labs.

Software Enables Analysis of Tool Life, Chip Flow

By: Jedd Cole
Third Wave Systems has released version 7.2 of its AdvantEdge software including enhancements and capabilities designed to reduce the time required for tool-focused results analysis, communication and documentation.


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