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.



CAM Software Enhances AWJ as an Additive Process

By: Mark Albert
Intelli-CAM from Omax Corp is especially tailored for the needs of AWJ machine users. This CAM software provides features that support additive manufacturing applications.

Bloodhound Fin Support Machined with Vortex

By: Peter Zelinski
Machining strategy contributes to 40 percent cycle time saving on large five-axis aluminum part.

GibbsCAM 2015

Updated CAM System Supports Tool, Fixture Libraries

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2015 includes enhancements for specific functions.

GibbsCAM 2015

Updated CAM System Supports Tool, Fixture Libraries

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2015 includes enhancements for specific functions.

Mastercam Swiss

CAD/CAM Software for Precision Programming

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
CNC Software’s Mastercam Swiss is specialized CAD/CAM for precision programming.


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