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


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Keeping 3 + 2 Machining in the Clear with PowerMill’s Dynamic Machine Control Toolbar

By: Mark Albert
Dynamic Machine Control helps the programmer find the most advantageous workplane orientation, cutting tool tilt angle and tool length in order to speed the process of optimizing a 3 + 2 program.

Open Mind hyperMill 2013.2

CAM Software Incorporates CAD Component

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Open Mind’s hyperMill 2013.2 release includes updates to hyperCAD-S, a CAD component designed to address the requirements of NC programmers, particularly for tool and moldmaking.

Software Application Accelerates Toolpath Generation

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Vero’s Edgecam 2014 R1 CAM software features updates designed to optimize high-precision machining through SolidWorks.

Delcam for SolidWorks 2013 R2

CAM Release Adds Tombstone Machining Functionality

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The 2013 R2 version of Delcam for Solidworks offers support for tombstone machining, new options for stock models, enhanced support for holes and more flexible Z-level roughing.

Automate Programming with CAM

By: Bill Martel
Even for those shops still manually programming their simple parts on Swiss machines, there are compelling reasons to automate the programming process now.


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