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.



3+2 machining

Keeping 3 + 2 Machining in the Clear

By: Mark Albert
When using a five-axis machining center for 3 + 2 (positional) machining, the programmed tool path must be checked carefully to avoid collisions and optimize results. This video shows how Delcam PowerMill’s new Dynamic Machining Control improves this process.

Open Mind hyperMill 2013.2

CAM Software Incorporates CAD Component

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Open Mind’s hyperMill 2013.2 release includes updates to hyperCAD-S, a CAD component designed to address the requirements of NC programmers, particularly for tool and moldmaking.

Software Application Accelerates Toolpath Generation

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Vero’s Edgecam 2014 R1 CAM software features updates designed to optimize high-precision machining through SolidWorks.

Delcam for SolidWorks 2013 R2

CAM Release Adds Tombstone Machining Functionality

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The 2013 R2 version of Delcam for Solidworks offers support for tombstone machining, new options for stock models, enhanced support for holes and more flexible Z-level roughing.

Automate Programming with CAM

By: Bill Martel
Even for those shops still manually programming their simple parts on Swiss machines, there are compelling reasons to automate the programming process now.


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