Systems & Software

CAM for Production Machining
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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.



SmartCAM v2015

CAM Software Updates HSM Strategies

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
SmartCAMcnc’s 2015 version of its SmartCAM software features a new knowledge-based machining (KBM) repository, high-speed milling (HSM) strategies, and other user interface and core application improvements.

United Technologies Optimization Tool Added to Vericut

By: Peter Zelinski
The new feed rate optimization tool is based on machining trials within UTC. The commitment of an established software company will help this OEM bring cost-saving technology to its suppliers.

Machining Module Optimizes Speeds and Feeds

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
SolidCAM’s iMachining technology module integrates into SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor to save cutting time and increase tool life.

GibbsCAM Production Milling software with VoluMill Wireframe

High-Speed Machining Process Uses Continuous Tangential Movement

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Gibbs & Associates now includes VoluMill Wireframe within its GibbsCAM Production Milling software.

Software Helps Race-Team Mechanics Become CNC Programmer-Machinists

By: Edited by: Emily Probst
Using GibbsCAM software from Gibbs and Associates, mechanics at Kalitta Motorsports were able to bring component production in-house, better controlling cost and time.


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