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.



Software Update Includes Tool to Ease Job Cost Calculation

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Hypertherm has released version 11.1 of its ProNest 2015 CAD/CAM software featuring a quoting tool that can calculate per-part and total job costs, among other updates.

CGTech Vericut simulates G code

Software Reduces Crashes on New Manufacturing Equipment

By: Edited by Emily Probst
Despite new technology investments, Micro-Mechanics Holdings was still experiencing high software crash potential. Switching to CGTech's Vericut NC verification software resulted in increased efficiency and enabled crash-free, lights-out operation.

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Adaptive Machining Makes a Robot More Productive

By: Mark Albert
This system for machining and polishing turbine blades shows the value of software for inspection, toolpath calculations and adaptive machining working together.

MachineWorks for hybrid additive subtractive machining

Simulation Software Adds Functionality for Hybrid Machining Centers

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
MachineWorks Software’s flagship program offers functionality for the simulation of additive and subtractive manufacturing processes for use with hybrid machining centers.

Software Update Includes Tool to Ease Job Cost Calculation

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Hypertherm has released version 11.1 of its ProNest 2015 CAD/CAM software featuring a quoting tool that can calculate per-part and total job costs, among other updates.


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