Systems & Software

CAM for Die/Mold
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CAM software for die/mold machining has to respond to the complex 3D milled geometries typical of die and mold tooling. In addition to milling the shape correctly, the CAM software also has to pick a pattern of tool paths that can achieve the required surface finish. These tool paths are far too numerous and too mathematically complex to be written by a programmer, so CAM software is essential for generating them automatically. The programmer ensures that the underlying CAD model is correct and complete, then chooses basic parameters such as cutting tools and the preferred patterns and parameters of machining, to let the CAM software author the program. The CAM software also is likely to account for such important die/mold machining practices as high speed machining, most likely doing this by adapting the direction changes in the tool paths so that the tool does not see any sharp turns but instead changes direction gradually. This minimizes impacts to the tool, workpiece or machine while the tool feeds rapidly and efficiently across the part.

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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.

Efficient High-Speed Roughing


The Vortex roughing strategy produces tool paths with a controlled engagement angle for the complete operation.



CNC Software Mastercam X9 for SolidWorks

Integrated CAM Software Enables Programming from CAD

By: Jedd Cole
Mastercam X9 for SolidWorks is a CAM application that is fully integrated into Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks CAD software, enabling the user to program parts directly in SolidWorks using Mastercam’s tool paths and machining strategies.

Jetcam Expert 19

CAD/CAM, Nesting Software Nests Parts Across Multiple Sheets

By: Jedd Cole
Jetcam has launched version 19 of its Expert CAD/CAM and nesting software, featuring several features focusing on nesting capabilities.

Delcam PartMaker 2016 R2

CAM Software Connects Directly to Cloud-Based Tool Databases

By: Jedd Cole
Delcam has released the 2016 R2 version of its PartMaker software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mills and Swiss-type lathes.

Renishaw FixtureBuilder

Software Enables Off-Line Creation of Inspection Fixturing Setups

By: Jedd Cole
Renishaw’s FixtureBuilder is a 3D modeling software package designed to enable the off-line creation and documentation of fixturing setups.

Southwestern Industries Trak

Mills and Lathes with CNC Technology Increase Productivity

By: Jedd Cole
Southwestern Industries will exhibit its Trak line of mills and lathes featuring the company’s ProtoTrak conversational CNC language, designed to reduce time-consuming machine setups and enable less-skilled machinists to do higher-level work.


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