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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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.



Design Software Promotes Efficiency

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Dassault Systemes’ Solidworks 2015 version includes simplified geometry creation tools, faster simulation analysis and an updated graphical interface, all said to enable users to design more efficiently.

Geometric Modeling Software Simplifies Complex Modeling

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Version 27.1 of Siemens PLM Software’s Parasolid software is said to simplify complex modeling tasks that previously required multiple steps into single operations, promoting efficiency.

Mastercam X8 Focuses on Delivering Speed, Automation and Efficiency

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Mastercam X8 brings a suite of programming tools focused on delivering speed, automation and efficiency for all machining jobs.

PartMaker version 2015 CAM software

CAM Software Extends Support for Multitasking Machines

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam PLC, releases the 2015 version of its PartMaker CAM software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill machines and Swiss-type lathes.

Delcam Extends Support for Multitasking Machines in PartMaker 2015

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Delcam has released PartMaker 2015, the latest version of its PartMaker CAM software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM equipment, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.


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