Systems & Software

CAM for Production Machining

CAM software for production is focused on programming machining centers, lathes and turn/mill machines to execute a variety of typically simple machining operations in the most efficient sequence possible. Milling, pocketing, slotting, drilling and OD and ID turning are all examples of operations that might apply to the machining cycle for a particular production part. CAM software for production also often features tools for software automation, or knowledge-based machining. Many of the decisions necessary to machine a production part are repetitive, involving assigning particular tools and parameters for particular varieties of drilled holes or milled features. CAM software with some knowledge-based functionality can allow the programmer to input his “knowledge” about tool, process and parameter preferences for certain fundamental types of machined features, so that the software can recognize those features in the future and program them automatically, saving the programmer time.

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Video: Milling with Full Flute Length

A shop captured this footage of the way a software feature permits deep cutting in steel.

CAM Software Considerations for Bar-Fed Mills

Time will tell, but increasingly, there is evidence that points to the fact that bar-fed mills could well represent the future of complex, small parts manufacturing.

New Opportunities with CAM

A shop’s first steps into programming with CAM can be intimidating. But this company found success in fearless flexibility and the right software to fit its applications.

Software Provides Time Savings and Improved Accuracy

By: Chris Koepfer
Shops get paid for making chips, and profit comes from making them as efficiently as possible. Shop management software is a key to reducing waste by ensuring that machining is being done on the right jobs, in the right way and at the right time.

Edgecam 2016 R1

CAD/CAM Software Eases Turning, Milling, EDM Operations

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Edgecam 2016 R1 includes a number of new and updated CAD features and CAM functions for milling, turning and wire EDM, such as new and enhanced strategies, operation options and memory-handling capabilities.

OSG ThreadPro

Thread Milling Software Eases NC Code Generation

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
OSG says its ThreadPro thread milling NC code generator software is said to eliminate the hassle of having to enter data as text, copy and replace.

Enhanced Roughing CAM Strategy Enables Fine-Tuning

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Delcam’s 2016 release of FeatureCAM, a feature-based programming system, offers enhancements focused on speed—specifically, updates to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy.

CAMWorks 2016 five axis drilling

CAM Software Eases Design-to-Manufacture Process

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Geometric Ltd. has released the 2016 version of CAMWorks for 3D CNC machining applications, with features designed to improve productivity, ease the move from design to production, and minimize the cost of design and manufacturing changes.

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