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.



Swiss Expert Makes Programming Simultaneous Motion Simple

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
With the new class of complex machines, manual programming is no longer efficient or even feasible with some designs.

Software Company Demonstrates Latest Releases

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Edgecam and SurfCAM are demonstrating the new and enhanced technology of their latest releases.

Autodesk CAM programs

CAM Programs Emphasize Integration

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Autodesk will exhibit its range of CAM software built on the HSM CAM kernel, designed for generating efficient machining code and enabling the manufacture of high-quality finished parts while saving time and resources, the company says.

Useful Advice for CAM Software Users

By: Mark Albert
In a new whitepaper, Mastercam calls useful advice for CAM software users “CAM Initiatives.” These initiatives are practical projects and procedural policies designed to help a machining company make more effective use of its CAD/CAM resources. Although primarily targeted to Mastercam users, many of these initiatives contain useful advice that benefits users of any CAM software system.

Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

By: Emily Probst
Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has announced the acquisition of Vero Software, a UK-based CAM software supplier.


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