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.



Native CAD File Translators Updated

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
SmartCAMcnc has updated several SmartCAM v2015 native data translator modules: SolidWorks Connection, PTC Pro/Engineer and PTC Creo Connection.

Software Update Includes Tool to Ease Job Cost Calculation

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Hypertherm has released version 11.1 of its ProNest 2015 CAD/CAM software featuring a quoting tool that can calculate per-part and total job costs, among other updates.

Esprit 2015 Helps Reduce Cycle Time

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
DP Technology Corp.’s Esprit 2015 accelerates the machining process by providing five-axis machining cycles that reduce cycle time.

PartMaker Version 2015 Software for B Axis and Swiss-Type

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
PartMaker Inc., a division of Delcam, offers its latest version of software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDMs, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.  The software supports the B-axis equipped turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.

MachineWorks CAM software hybrid simulation

Software Simulates Hybrid Manufacturing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson
MachineWorks CAM software offers the functionality to simulate traditional CNC machining as well as additive manufacturing, plus perform quality checks on both processes and analysis of finished parts.


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