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.



Autodesk Netfabb

Software Solutions for Design, Simulation, Additive Production

By: Katie Cattell
Autodesk’s Netfabb software is designed to take additive manufacturing beyond prototyping and plastics to create production-grade parts at scale.

Autodesk Certifies Compatibility with Open Mind Software

By: Jedd Cole
HyperMill 2016.2 has been certified for use with Autodesk Inventor 2017 software.

Rollomatic VGPro

Control Software for Tool Grinding

By: Katie Cattell
Rollomatic has expanded its VGPro software by adding its drill and step drill programs, form tools and rotary burrs.

Simulation Helps Optimize CNC Machining

By: Katie Cattell
Spring Technologies will demonstrate its NCSIMUL Solutions 10, an all-in-one digital suite.

CAD/CAM Tailored to Die/Mold Programming

By: Katie Cattell
Version 4.0 of Tebis CAD/CAM software features a redesigned user interface for improved production processes in model, mold and die manufacturing.


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