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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FlowXpert 2015

Software Eases 3D Waterjet Cutting

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
FlowXpert 2015, Flow International Corp.’s upgrade to its FlowXpert software suite, offers new capabilities for 3D pathing and cutting to enable waterjet users to work more effectively in 3D with less complexity.

Missler Software TopSolid'Mold 7 CAD/CAM suite

Integrated CAD/CAM Software Optimizes Project Management

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Missler Software launches TopSolid’Mold 7, its CAD/CAM software for designing molds and machining tools.

Delcam FeatureCAM 2015

CAM Software Eases Programming of Part Families

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Delcam’s 2015 version of its FeatureCAM software eases programming of part families by matching the names of features within the part library with user-created curves relating to those features, making the programming of subsequent parts in the family much easier and faster.

Kisters 3DViewStation software

3D CAD Software Adds 2D Drawing Support

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Kisters’ 2014.1 version of its 3DViewStation software features an updated user interface, high-performance 3D viewing capabilities and Digital MockUp (DMU), as well as CAD importers for Catia, NX, Creo, SolidWorks, JT, 3D-PDF and STEP.

Open Mind HyperCAD-S

CAD Software Adjusts for Deformation

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
HyperCAD-S, Open Mind’s CAD system, integrates with the company’s HyperMill CAM system, designed to meet the needs of NC programmers.


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