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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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.



CAD/CAM Software Enhances Design Capabilities

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
BobCAD-CAM has released the v27 series of its CAD/CAM CNC machining software for 2.5-, three-, four- and full five-axis simultaneous CNC machining.

Delcam PowerMill CAM software

CAM System Features Rib-Machining Module

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Delcam has added a rib-machining module to its PowerMill CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining.

CAM Software Is Key to Continuous Improvement

By: Edited by Emily Probst
Armo Tool used NX CAM from Siemens PLM Software, along with new fixturing technology and CNC machines, to increase overall productivity by 40 percent.

Omax Intelli-Max 21

Software Suite Optimizes Waterjet Paths

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Omax has released Intelli-Max 21, the latest version of its software suite for Omax JetMachining Centers.

Delcam PowerMill 2015 R2

CAM Software Improves Toolpath Simulation

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The 2015 R2 version of Delcam’s PowerMill programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining enables a project to be completely verified for machine tool issues such as collisions without requiring verification of each individual toolpath.


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