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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Creating Machine-Specific Tool Paths


A new CAM capability takes a snapshot of an individual machine’s performance characteristics and uses the information to tailor an optimized tool path for that specific machine.

Another Angle On HSM


The savings in setup time were welcome enough, but this mold maker found that a 3+2 machining center also accelerated its use of high speed machining.

Hard Milling Isn’t Just High Speed Machining


Milling complex forms in hardened tool steel involves more than just fast, light cuts, says this maker of medical-related injection molds. Here are some of the ingredients of an effective hard milling process.



Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

By: Emily Probst
Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has announced the acquisition of Vero Software, a UK-based CAM software supplier.

Reengineering of a CAM Engine

By: Chris Felix (editor)
Software suppliers are doing their part in meeting the programming demands of multitasking operations for complex parts.

Esprit Cloud-Enabled CAM Increases Programming Efficiency

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DP Technology Corp.'s Esprit cloud-enabled CAM software helps programmers easily and quickly select tools based on part features.

Design-to-Manufacture Software Combination Improves Workflow

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Gleason's Cage bevel and hypoid gear design and manufacture software is available with a seamless link to Smart Manufacturing Technology's Masta full-system transmission design and analysis software.

Partmaker 2015

Updated CAD/CAM Software Supports Turn-Mill and Multitasking Machines

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Partmaker Inc., a division of Delcam Plc., will introduce Version 2015 of its CAD/CAM software featuring updated support for turn-mill machines and multitasking machines.


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